On November 21st, The Phat Start Up, an integrated media company that
produces premium content for all levels of entrepreneurs, hosted its
inaugural Tech 808 conference at NYU and I can certainly say it was not your average conference.
Hank Williams is so cool. Not just because he’s a sought-after, tech guy
and was one of eight tech entrepreneurs chosen to appear on Soledad
O’Brien’s 2011 CNN documentary, “Black in America: The New Promised Land
– Silicon Valley,” but because he’s been in the tech space for 25
years, has witnessed the lack of diversity in said space and is,
decidedly, here to stay.
Born in a mostly black, working-class Detroit suburb, going to public
schools where most kids qualified for the free-lunch program, Erin
Teague wasn’t a clear choice to join the top ranks of big Silicon Valley
tech companies. Now, she is Yahoo's director of product management.