Brooklyn native launches start-up to assist more Black tech entrepreneurs
The technology industry is known for its paucity of diversity. In an industry dominated by white men, the number of women in technology is dismal, and the number of small business owners led by Black women is even lower.
According to a study from the Kapor Center, Pivotal Ventures and Arizona State University’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology found that women of color make up 80 percent of all new women-led small businesses in the United States. However, in technology, that figure tumbles to 4 percent.
The Grio spoke exclusively to Brooklyn native Tiasia O’Brien, who is the co-founder of a new tech start-up, cocensus.io, about when her love of tech began, what inspired her to launch the company, how she navigates sexism and racism in the industry, and more.