March 19, 2015
As Silicon Valley searches for new innovation and music is another platform within technology. In the search for diversity listen to the sound of Hip-Hop entering the technology hub bringing the “Phat Startup puts new spin on Silicon Valley“.
Listen and learn citing the history of “slang phrase “808” (pronounced eight-oh-eight) refers to the TR-808 drum machine, which is credited with defining the early sound of hip-hop music. Icons such as, “Outkast, Lil Wayne and Britney Spears, where it is used interchangeably with “beats,” including a beating heart. Kanye West named his 2008 album, 808s & Heartbreak, after the term, which can also refer to the penal code for disturbing the peace through the sound of bass from a stereo, according to UrbanDictionary.com.”
Phat, Anthony Frasier and James Lopez are seeking to bring 808 to Silicon Valley as a tech start-up. “Frasier, 28, and Lopez, 35, are the founders of Phat Startup, which organizes events to help people who identify with urban culture reach for their Silicon Valley dreams. Their new conference series, called Tech808, is expected to hit three cities this year, starting with Washington, D.C., in May.”
“(Frasier) speaks directly to a community that is largely excluded and not part of the process today,” said Mitch Kapor, a well-known entrepreneur and investor who is working with Frasier to bring Tech808 to Oakland, California. He serves as kind of a translator,” said Kapor, founder of Lotus Development, known for its Lotus Notes software.”
Diversity and inclusion is bringing the nexus of cultures and race and talent into an ecosystem that generates innovation. The complexity to inclusion is being challenged by difference. Difference is what promotes, produces and challenges the norm to identify new opportunities in thinking and application.
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