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Millennial Tech Leaders Discuss The Intersection Of Tech And Activism

From left: Barry Givens, managing director at Techstars and managing partner at Collab Capital; Jewel Burks Solomon, Atlanta tech entrepreneur and head of Google for Startups for the United States; and Justin Dawkins, managing partner at Collab Capital, all join “Closer Look” to discuss the intersection of tech and activism.
From left: Barry Givens, managing director at Techstars and managing partner at Collab Capital; Jewel Burks Solomon, Atlanta tech entrepreneur and head of Google for Startups for the United States; and Justin Dawkins, managing partner at Collab Capital, all join “Closer Look” to discuss the intersection of tech and activism.
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As protesters continue to demand justice for George Floyd and countless other African Americans killed at the hands of police officers, more and more companies are now starting to speak out.

The CEOs of many tech companies are starting to denounce racism.

Companies like Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Snap and Apple have all publicly offered commentary related to the nationwide protests.

And in some instances, companies are donating money toward civil and human rights organizations.

On a Thursday’s edition of “Closer Look,” Justin Dawkins, managing partner at Collab Capital, told the show’s host, Rose Scott, that protests, along with COVID-19 pandemic, have forced people to pay attention and that many people are using social media as a tool to show visual empathy.

“COVID-19 slowed the world down just enough, unfortunately, to ensure that everybody saw this moment and we witnessed it almost collectively together,” said Dawkins.

Jewel Burks Solomon, Atlanta tech entrepreneur and head of Google for Startups for the United States, and Barry Givens, managing director at Techstars and managing partner at Collab Capital, also took part in the four-way conversation to discuss the intersection of tech and activism.

Guests:

  • Jewel Burks Solomon, Atlanta tech entrepreneur and head of Google for Startups for the United States
  • Justin Dawkins, managing partner at Collab Capital
  • Barry Givens, managing director at Techstars and managing partner at Collab Capital

To listen to the full conversation, please click the audio player above