Cheryl Contee talks about the end of the old digital divide, with the use by minorities including women, of the latest technologies e.g. internet capable mobile devices and social media. This new era has created opportunities for investments in businesses that are not headed by the typical white male nerds, dropouts from Harvard or Stanford.
The new digital divide consist of lack of training, lack of skilled workers, not a lack of ability or jobs, but a lack of investments and the creation of content consciously aimed at women and minorities.
Venture capital is not funding women or minority companies, which provides great opportunities for individuals to invest in companies that could be undervalued because they are not “headed” by male white nerds.
Synopsis: Diversify your investments, training etc:
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Cheryl Contee, Partner at Fission Strategy, specializes in helping non-profit organizations and foundations use social media to create social good. She is also the co-founder of Jack and Jill Politics writing as “Jill Tubman” on one of the top black blogs online. Cheryl is included in The Root 100 list of established and emerging African-American leaders. Huffington Post listed her as one of the Top 27 Female Founders in Tech to Follow on Twitter in 2011. Fast Company named her one of their 2010 Most Influential Women in Tech. She has over 15 years of award-winning interactive expertise and previously served as Vice President and lead digital strategist for Fleishman-Hillard’s West Coast region in San Francisco. Cheryl has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, San Francisco Magazine, BBC, and CNN, among other media appearances. She is also proud to serve on several boards and advisory committees: Netroots Nation, BlogHer, Blogging While Brown, Applied Research Center, and CommonGoods.Net. She received her B.A. from Yale University and has an International Executive M.B.A. from Georgetown University. In her spare time, Ms. Contee enjoys hiking, yoga, movies and tai chi sword.