EP 52: Creating A Safe Space For Founders Of Color With Sherrell Dorsey

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In this week’s episode I chat with data journalist and entrepreneurs, Sherrell Dorsey. Sherrell is the founder of The Plug which is the first daily tech newsletter covering black founders and business leaders and the founder of Black Tech Interactive, North Carolina’s first hub supporting over 2,000 entrepreneurs and technologists of color. In this episode we chat about how Sherrell’s upbringing prepped her for entrepreneurship, how working in the corporate world inspired her to create a space for black tech news, how she has handled frustration and disappointment as a female founder of color and more.

ON WHY SHE STARTED THE PLUG - 11:53

Sherrell spent a lot of time working with and seeing very diverse groups of technologists, but when it came to seeing stories in the news, they were only focused on quoting white men. So she started The Plug as a way to showcase the stories and accomplishments of founders of color.

THE PURPOSE BEHIND BLACK TECH INTERACTIVE - 18:56

What started out as monthly events in Charlotte, NC designed to create a safe space for founders of color is now a physical co-working space where they host events, trainings and more. Within everything she does her bigger why is to also change the narratives of the black communities and black innovators.

HER EXPERIENCE AS A FEMALE FOUNDER OF COLOR - 28:26

When it comes to gaining funding, Sherrell shares that she has had to get creative and strategic with where and who she pitches too. She says it can be frustrating and discouraging but she tries to keep in mind that she is not the only one who goes through it.


“The big why for me is about leadership and its about helping to change narratives about black communities and black innovators and the way we are perceived.”


KEEP UP WITH SHERRELL

Visit her personal website

Follow Sherrell on Twitter

Follow Sherrell on Instagram

Learn more about Black Tech Charlotte

Learn more and sign up for The Plug

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Alisha Byrd