Increasing Diversity and Inclusiveness in the Technology Industry
Lyneir Richardson, the Executive Director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, a research and practitioner-oriented center at Rutgers Business School in Newark, New Jersey joins Enterprise Radio.
- What is the Rutgers University Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, when did it begin operation, and what are the services and curriculum that it offers?
- Do you work exclusively with Rutgers students, or are your programs also tailored to help entrepreneurs who aren’t enrolled at the school?
- What are your thoughts on the lack of diversity at venture capital firms and technology accelerators – not only among the entrepreneurs who they work with but also among their investors, board members, and company evaluators? What are some ways that diversity and inclusiveness in these areas can be increased?
- What are the benefits that minority entrepreneurs can bring to VCs and accelerators, and why are the VCs and accelerators so hesitant about, or unaware of, the profit possibilities that these entrepreneurs can deliver?
- Is there data or research that shows a lack of diversity in the technology industry?
- Is it possible to define short and long term success in your work at Rutgers, and also measure whether or not it’s helping minority entrepreneurs to gain traction in the marketplace?
- What’s a tip that you can offer to an aspiring African American, Latino, or female tech entrepreneur who’s looking to get his or her business idea funded or incubated?
Lyneir Richardson is Instructor, Professional Practice in the Department of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ. He also serves as Executive Director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED), a research and practitioner-oriented center at Rutgers Business School. He is the CEO of Chicago TREND, a social enterprise focused on catalyzing retail development to strengthen urban neighborhoods, that has been funded by the MacArthur Foundation and Chicago Community Trust. Mr. Richardson’s perspectives and work have been featured in a variety of media outlets – including Entrepreneur, CNBC, MarketWatch, TheStreet.com, The New Stack, National Real Estate Investor, NJ Biz, and Crain’s Chicago Business.