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10 Young Black Tech Innovators You Should Know



Dr. Paul Judge

Dr. Paul Q. Judge is a serial entrepreneur and noted scholar with a doctorate in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. The Atlanta-based entrepreneur has founded several companies that expanded and resulted in successful acquisitions. In 2000, Judge joined the founding team of CipherTrust,  an anti-spam email software company, which became one of the fastest growing firms in North America with 300 employees and over 3,000 customers, including half of the Fortune 500 companies, in more than 50 countries.  CipherTrust was acquired by Secure Computing for $273 million in 2006.

Judge has received many awards and was recognized by the MIT Technology Review Magazine as one of the top 100 young innovators in the world in 2003. He was also featured in Black Enterprise magazine’s list of  ”50 Most Powerful Players Under 40.”




Kimberly Bryant

Bryant founded San Francisco-based Black Girls Code in 2011 to help close the digital divide for girls of color. So far the nonprofit organization has trained  more than 1,500 girls to work in technology fields such as robotics, video game design, mobile phone application development and computer programming.

This past July, Bryant, a biotechnology and engineering professional, was one of 11 people to receive the White House Champions of Change for Tech Inclusion award. The award is given to celebrate people in the U.S. “who are doing extraordinary things to expand technology opportunities for young learners—especially minorities, women and girls, and others from communities historically under-served or under-represented in tech fields,” according




Ory Okolloh

Harvard-educated Ory Okolloh of Kenya has created both the watchdog site Mzalendo and the crime reporting site Ushahidi, and now serves as Google’s policy manager in Africa. Recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology last year, she is set to become the new face of entrepreneurship on the continent.




Shaun Evans

Shaun Evans is the chief executive officer of OMBO Apps, which is becoming one of Atlanta’s hottest tech companies to take on the mobile industry. His startup company develops cutting-edge mobile applications targeting the African-American market. Evans is a game-changer with one hit already under his belt, Urban Gossip FREE, the No. 1 black celebrity news app for iPhone and Android mobile devices.




Anthony Frasier

Anthony Frasier is a native of Newark, N.J., former co-founder of mobile startup Playd, and the award- winning gaming site Anthony was also profiled in the online hit documentary Black in America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley, which has received over 1 million viewers.

In 2012 CNN Money profiled an elite group of eight minorities diversifying the tech industry and Frasier made the list. He was also listed in NBC The Grio’s “100: Making History Today” for his acclaimed work. Currently he’s working on building up the Newark tech scene and a new tech startup.



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Jon Gosier 

Jon Gosier is a tech entrepreneur and the founder of big-data startup MetaLayer, based in Philadelphia, which provides corporate data-analysis and visualization solutions. He is also the founder of Appfrica, a technology consultancy based in East Africa. In 2012 MetaLayer won the Audience Choice Award for best startup at Strata, the world’s preeminent data conference, where Gosier also gave a keynote speech.




Jason Young

Jason started his first business when he was 9 years old and added three others, including a tutoring company and travel agency, prior to entering college. He’s a co-founder of a hot tech startup Mindblown Labs based in Oakland, Calif. The company built Wikinvest, a financial website, which has won several awards and was recognized by as one of top 50 websites by Time magazine in 2010.




Katrina Miles

As co-founder and chief strategic officer at Roscoe Labs, Oakland, Calif., Miles lives a fast-paced day, every day. is a mobile television news application designed to bring casual and professional reporters together, on the same platform, to report and distribute local news. Leveraging the low ratings that traditional televised news programs are experiencing, Miles is making certain that additional perspectives are offered.



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Khisaun Ferguson 

Khisaun Ferguson is a real estate executive-turned-founder of the Cincinnati software company Dwllr. Dwllr is a “tech cocktail” of Google, Amazon, and Salesforce,  which helps consumers and real estate professionals buy and sell property online. Dwllr was selected as one of the seven companies to participate in the NewMe Accelerator, a residential tech accelerator for minority-led startups presented by Google, venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, social media company Tagged and other corporate sponsors.




Jamarlin Martin

Los Angeles native Jamarlin Martin, 35, planted the seed for Moguldom Media Group in 2006 with a $6 domain name investment. Since then, the company – which bills itself as the world’s largest network of owned and operated digital brands focusing on African-Americans, as measured by comScore online reach – says it has seen strong year over year growth. In fact, Moguldom says revenue surged 150 percent from 2011 to 2012.

Based in Atlanta, Moguldom is engaging its audience on a variety of fronts – from its network of five websites, including gossip site Bossip; to its mobile apps and original web series that have the highest engagement in the industry, with more traffic than BET, Interactive One, Vibe and Essence combined, according to the company.

In addition, Moguldom garners 80 million total page views per month across all five of its websites; Bossip, Madame Noire, StyleBlazer, 24Wired and Hip Hop Wired.





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Sharon Sanders

Sharon Sanders is a Digital Engagement Strategist and a Curator of information at The MinorityEye and the President of Clairvoyant, LLC which specializes in strategic communications and multimedia services. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Argosy University and she specializes in “Online Consumer Psychology.” Sharon provides companies with research and insight into the processes underlying consumer behavior in online environments…

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