It’s hard to argue with the fact that intellect, creativity, and resourcefulness are evenly distributed by zip code. Unfortunately, access and opportunity are not.

This is embarrassingly apparent in the high-stakes world of tech entrepreneurship. If you line up founders of the top 25 tech “unicorns” — startups now worth more than $1 billion — you won’t see any African American or Latino/a faces, and you will see hardly any women.

That glaring gap was the reason behind today’s first-ever White House Demo Day, an inspiring showcase of successful entrepreneurs whose race, gender or family background makes them stand out from the traditional crop of visionaries. …


Mitch Kapor

startup investor and advisor, social change advocate/activist

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