Love this. One black innovator I learned about recently is Tope Awotona, the CEO and founder of Calendly.
I learned more about him when someone on Twitter went viral for a tweet that I disagreed with about Calendly and fell down the proverbial rabbit hole. It's fascinating where Tope started, what led to Calendly, and the pure tenacity and hard work to get here. This is a decent interview with him from Fortune. Check it out and when you get a Calendly link, you now know a black innovator started it. Even if that one guy on Twitter doesn't like Calendly links.
I also like to recognize black innovators that don't necessarily build tech but work in various tech spaces bringing people together.
Shana Sumers who works at HubSpot as the Senior Manager of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging communities bringing more voices to the forefront in Marketing spaces and being one of the kindest folks too. Wesley Faulkner who is the Head of Community at SingleStore Developers working with developer relations and is an advocate for neurodiversity. Also, while one can argue whether or not associations are 'tech', someone who innovates & knows how to bring people together - Marjorie Anderson, founder of Community by Association. These are some of my favorite community builders who innovate regularly to ensure more voices are heard & represented in tech spaces.
Happy Black History Month!
Shannon Emery, she/her