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Issue #244
Fridays shape our stories.

I'll be taking over the Friday message to give our incredible editor Tyler a break. When I started ThePLUG, remaining authentic and sharing my voice with those brave enough to follow along this journey became paramount in our work.

I'm a West Coast girl but often live my life according to the life and times of philosopher Jay Z; particularly when it comes to matters of hustle. 

"Difficult takes a day; impossible takes a week."

The forefront of our work is often within our ability to turn rejections into opportunities and tighten our pitches enough that investors and collaborators will believe in what you're attempting to build from nothing. 

I'm on a 120-day deadline to shape my business into gear before heading off to grad school to study data journalism at Columbia. 

This means no to unclear meetings and conversations; laser focus on the areas of our growth that will produce the highest returns; and the launch of a special project to cement our leadership stake in the greater tech ecosystem in Charlotte where we first birthed this idea to put Black stories in the front of news agendas. 

Keep watch over the next few weeks. We've got some new opportunities launching. Help us keep the story going by sharing this newsletter with your kinfolk. 


The Hit List
This Platform Gives Minorities and Woman a Louder Voice in Gaming

Tanya DePass is the director and founder of I Need Diverse Games, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to helping underrepresented people gain visibility and access in the gaming industry.

Amina Elahi | Chicago Tribune
As Tech Workers Stay in Pittsburgh, Cost of Living Rises for Natives 

According to a local nonprofit, most of these workers are young white men, and on average, they make one-third more than the average salary for other local workers.

Erika Beras | Marketplace 
African Tech Startups Pitch Poverty Solutions

Tiny companies working on clever ideas ranging from a battery retrofit for tuk-tuks to an online agency linking pupils to nearby experts had the chance to air their ideas in front of an audience of potential investors in London.

Aisling Irwin | ECO-BUSINESS
Saluting Entrepreneurial Women of Color

Five women of color who are the future of entrepreneurship and deserve all the recognition they can get.

Jorge P. Newbery | Huffington Post
Rukaiyah Adams Says Investing Can Make Money and Make Change

As the Oregon investor with the most influence on venture capital in the state, she describes herself as "traditional investor" interested in maximizing returns, but she's also someone who wants to look beyond the traditional definition of returns.

Rachel Monahan | willamette week
Leads and Opportunities
Outcolor: The Future of Tech for the Black and Brown Community
Outcolor is an extension of Outco, a Software Engineer Interview Prep with a four-week technical and non-technical curriculum aimed at getting engineers great jobs at top companies.
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