StartUpTown Weekend – Stanford

StarttUpTown Weekend - Stanford

February 2015

Langston Hughes

We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again!
“Let American Be American Again”
By Langston Hughes
There are a number of organizations that teach coding and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Science) skills to women and to people of color, but this in simply not enough. Speaking as someone who scored in 99th percentile on math portion of the SAT and graduated from an Ivy League university with a Computer Science degree, I have first-hand knowledge of the limitation of the teaching of skills and excelling academically. Langston Hughes was an engineering major at Columbia University with a B+ average, but dropped out partial due to racial prejudice.
About 10 years ago, I developed a local entertainment television show called Live From VA that interviewed such guests as: Academy Award winner Mo’NiqueRussell Simmons & Rev RunKanye WestPharell Willams & Chad Hugo (the Neptunes), and Katt Williams. The underlying idea for the television show was to develop a tech company based on the strengths African-Americans, for example music. Considering the recent $3 billion sale of Beats By Dr. Dre to Apple, maybe there is something to this basic philosophy. This philosophy continues in a new venture called Pistis Database Services.
Kanye West Live From VA

Kanye West before the release of his first album on Live From VA with Christine and Chanel. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXhdM7SH7U4

In 1987, when I was a senior at Penn, I developed an interactive textbook on a PC as my senior project. Over 25 years later and this is still a viable idea but I never did anything with the idea after I graduated. I never had the support to develop it any further.

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I Could Be… a documentary addressing gender inequity

I Could Be...
I could be a congresswoman
Or a garbage woman or
Police officer, or a carpenter
I could be a doctor and a lawyer and a mother and a good girl
God what you’ve done to me
Kind of lover I could be
I could be a computer analyst, the Queen with the nappy hair raising her fist
Or I could be much more and a myriad of this
Hot as the summer, sweet as the first kiss
And even though I can do all these things…

~ Jill Scott
The Fact Is (I Need You)

  • There are currently only 15 women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies this is less than 4%.
  • Women make up only 3% of clout executives of media, telecom and e-companies.
  • Women hold 17% of the seats in the House of Representatives.
  • Only 34 women have ever served as governors compared to 2319 men.
  • In 2011, women comprised 18% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.
  • Source: http://www.missrepresentation.org/about-us/resources/miss-representation-sources/

Ms. Jada Pinkett-Smith did an interview on Katie stating “a woman should have complete control over her body.” And “that there is nothing wrong with being beautiful.”

Jada Pinkett Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith ~ http://dontsellbodies.org/

“There is nothing wrong with being beautiful,” yet according to Dove® research only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful.

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Make America Again! The Documentary

Make America Again!

Langston Hughes

We, the people, must redeem
The land, the mines, the plants, the rivers.
The mountains and the endless plain—
All, all the stretch of these great green states—
And make America again!
“Let American Be American Again”
By Langston Hughes

 

And if you give yourself to the hungry And satisfy the desire of the afflicted, Then your light will rise in darkness And your gloom will become like midday.
~ Isaiah 58:10
Hope Community Services

HOPE Volunteer Coordinator Sue Gedney, New York State High Chess Champion Joshua Cola, 94 years old volunteer Iris Freed and Terrance Jackson. HOPE Community Services is the largest food pantry/soup kitchen in Westchester County. Photo: http://www.geneshaw.com/

Following in the footsteps of people such as Jack London, George Orwell, and Steve Jobs, Terrance Jackson spent over two years homeless in New Rochelle, NY and discovered the power of empathy to fuel innovation and creativity:

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Does Your Business Understand Women?

Two women in a store is a shopping machine

Most small business owners don’t understand women yet two women in a store is a shopping machine.

Did you know?

At home, the majority of women (90 percent) still control the family’s purse strings, from stocking up on household items to having the final say on home and car purchases and health care.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/infographic-women-control-the-money-in-america-2012-2#ixzz2KcusOnpj

Consider the following:

  • Most small business owners don’t understand women yet two women in a store is a shopping machine.
  • There’s a very strong consumer bias for well-run local businesses. Look at the popularity of farmers markets. But it has to have an energy, freshness and evangelical joy to it.
  • Don’t neglect cleanliness. Hygiene is very important, especially to women.
  • Most women will U-turn and leave an aisle if it’s so narrow that another shopper gives them a “butt-brush.”
  • New windows and reorganization on the floor is necessary to create a sense of evolution that brings excitement to the space.
  • Engage all five senses. Shoppers are conscious of what they see, taste, smell, touch and hear. Sense marketing is an inexpensive way to impact the customer experience.
  • 85% of people have used the Internet to search for local businesses, yet only 3 percent of small business total advertising dollars flowed online, compared to as much as 16 percent for big companies.

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The RoC HoPLo Lab

Larchmont Public Library

121 Larchmont Ave, Larchmont, NY 10538
Phone: (914) 834-2281

October 15th, 22nd, 29th, and November 5th.
Each session starts at 6pm.

The RoC HoPLo Lab

  • There are currently only 15 women CEOs of Fortune 500 companies this is less than 4%.
  • Women make up only 3% of clout executives of media, telecom and e-companies.
  • Women hold 17% of the seats in the House of Representatives.
  • Only 34 women have ever served as governors compared to 2319 men.
  • In 2011, women comprised 18% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.
  • Source: http://www.missrepresentation.org/about-us/resources/miss-representation-sources/

The Roizen Cleopatra Hopper Parks Lovelace (RoC HoPLo) Lab looks to address gender inequity by teaching skills such as computer programming. In these four sessions, we will be building a game called Roll-a- Ball using  gaming platform called Unity3D.

There will also be a robotic component to this course using a robotic ball called Sphero where in addition to the robotic aspects of Sphero, we will also be using it as a game controller.

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I’m Bias

I completed the African American – European American IAT and the Gender-Science Study. The results are below. I have “a strong association of Male with Science and Female with Liberal Arts compared to Female with Science and Male with Liberal Arts.”

Boondocks

I also have “a strong automatic preference for African American compared to European American.” About half of the Black respondents to this test show a pro-White bias. Is it more important to focus on changing the bias of African-American or European-Americans to affect change? Most efforts to combat racism focus on the attitudes and actions of European-Americans. Maybe the IAT is an important tool to help change the unconscious bias of African-Americans.

Fuck tha Police vs. Black or White

Considering the recent $3 billion sale of Beats By Dr. Dre to Apple, is this an easy question to answer?

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