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13 leaders aiming to increase African Americans in tech

SAN FRANCISCO — In Silicon Valley, they call it the 2% problem.


African Americans make up a tiny fraction of the overwhelmingly white and Asian male workforces of major technology companies, the ranks of aspiring entrepreneurs and venture capitalists who control the spigot of money and access.


Silicon Valley is taking steps to offer more opportunities to underrepresented minorities in the nation's fastest-growing, highest-paying industry. But no one is working harder to tear down barriers for African Americans than a growing cadre of entrepreneurs, investors, engineers and advocates pioneering a range of innovative efforts, from teaching kids of color how to code to preparing African American and Latino engineers for jobs in Silicon Valley.

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