When we think of Google, we generally think about the million and one things you can look up using its highly sophisticated search engine. Or once in a while, you may even find a Google Doodle that catches your attention, but that is the extent of your relationship with Google. For the tech-savvy and think about how Google has integrated its AI technology into classrooms and at home. We want to remind you that there is always a team of people who lead the charge in digital progress, and a Black woman entrepreneur leads one of them.
Black women are raising the bar in the information technology sector with beauty and brain. While this is a male-dominated industry, women like Jewel Burks Solomon advocates for representation and diversity as the Head of Google for Startups, a division of the multinational conglomerate that aims to provide the best of Google’s products, connections, and best practices to startups. With Jewel at the helm, Google has recently announced an Accelerator for Black Startups program that will “develop and support long-term solutions to the systemic racism that permeates tech entrepreneurship.”
Talk about taking action! Jewel continues her work at Google while also focusing her efforts on her other businesses. She is one of three partners at Collab Capital, a venture capital organization aiming to fund Black innovators and entrepreneurs. Jewel is also the co-founder of Partpic, a startup designed to streamline the purchase of maintenance repair parts using computer vision. Her team raised over $2 million in seed funding from notable investors and integrated its software into mobile apps/websites of large parts distributors and retailers. In 2016, Partpic was acquired by Amazon, who now use the technology to power their visual search for replacement parts in the Amazon Mobile Shopping app.
This Tennessee native and Howard University alumnus is taking the tech world by storm. You can find out more about Jewel and the work she continues to do by following her on Twitter https://twitter.com/jewelmelanie