People of color interested in diversifying the podcast industry, or contributing to other areas of tech, do have options.
Here are four podcasts that give practical advice for starting and expanding a range of business- or technology-focused ventures.
#BITTechTalk: From the media organization Blacks in Technology, this podcast talks to African-Americans who’ve made it in the startup world and has them share how they found their footing in the market. The host, Greg Greenlee, interviews entrepreneurs who work in animation and nonprofits, as well as explains how people can join developer boot camps, and the value of digital currency in the black community.
The show has more of a niche following. It’s not in the top 100 for U.S. podcasts on iTunesCharts.net, yet Blacks in Technology podcasts have been played at least 5,533 times on Spreaker.
Fast-forward through the intros to about the seven-minute mark when Greenlee tries to answer the real question at the heart of his shows: How can other brown people be their own boss and build wealth?
Must-Listen Episode: “Episode 81 with Zakiya Harris of Hack The Hood.” Harris is a cofounder of Hack the Hood, which hires and trains minority youth to build websites.
Logra Tu Dream: Arturo Nava is an entrepreneur by trade but a philanthropist at heart. Instead of sharing money, though, he wants to share success stories. There’s the undocumented child who grew up to work on Wall Street, the creator of a social-networking site for Latinos and the founder of Pangea, a company that helps people easily transfer money from one country to another. These are the stories of Latinos who made it, and how they did it.
Logra Tu Dream has a five-star rating on iTunes based on 57 responses and at least 3,449 Twitter followers. The production quality leaves much to be desired but the message—which Nava gives in English and Spanish—is solid: There’s room in the technology industry for Latino innovators. Here’s how to become one of them.
Must-Listen Episode: “How to self publish an Amazon #1 bestselling book” and “How To Get Abundantly Paid to Do What You Love With Deborah Deras.”
Two Black Nerds: Iheanyi Ekechukwu and I. Romeo Kwihangana are friends who debate the differences between software engineering and electrical engineering (hence the show’s name). They invite app developers to discuss how they started their businesses and chat about anything else that’s part of their natural vernacular as young tech professionals.
Listening to them is like eavesdropping on two best friends who are determined to find the solution to Silicon Valley’s diversity problem. Instead of debating this over drinks, they take it to the mic. The podcast is under the radar on iTunes and not yet on SoundCloud.
Must-Listen Episode: “Being Woke in a Tech Office” covers what it’s like to be a minority in the office when police brutality against people of color is the most popular conversation at home, at work and everywhere else. “From Problem to Side Project” focuses on how to fix pet peeves with technology.