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Community Growth Ventures Partners with Tech Agencies to Help Founders Turn Ideas into Products

We are glad to announce our Technology Partnerships with two great product agencies, with the aim of helping promising founders build their MVPs.

Metier Digital and Distributed will help early stage startups produce MVPs at competitive rates. For more information about using both companies services, please email infocgventures@gmail.com.

Metier Digital

Metier Digital is a team of entrepreneurs, creatives and strategists and are focused on helping founders and businesses solve everyday problems in innovative and impactful ways.

Distributed

Distributed is a market leader for providing on-demand, Elastic Teams to businesses with growing digital requirements and boasts an extensive list of clients.

Both companies have ample experience and expertise to help early-stage startups take ideas and turn them into functioning MVPs.

Here are a few words from Nana Parry, CEO of Metier Digital:

“Our whole business is based around getting your MVP to market as cheaply and as quickly as possible. We build analytics into the process so you only end up investing more capital into your business based on data the market is really telling you about your idea, and how it is landing with your target users. By working with us, we want to give you the confidence that the decisions you make about your product and business are the correct ones, and to also make it affordable for you. There is a feeling of freedom we enjoy as entrepreneurs and we want to enable others to join us on the amazing journey.”

Carlo Burci, Growth Lead at Distributed said:

“We are a platform play on outsourcing. We fancy ourselves the AWS of outsourcing because we can scale engineering teams across specialisms in under 24hrs. We charge only for consumption, never a retainer. We can be a partner throughout your growth. In your early stages we provide not only the digital skill sets necessary for success, but the product guidance, research and methodologies necessary to ensure we deliver a product that resonates with customers.”

Emmanuel Aremu, Growth Director at Community Growth Ventures said:

“Working with Nana and Carlo made finalising the partnerships with each organisation a seamless process. Both companies support founders who are driven to create products their customers will love. We all at CGV look forward to working with Metier Digital and Distributed to help more founders turn their ideas into real products.”

To learn more about how you can work with Metier Digital or Distributed, please email infocgventures@gmail.com for more details.

Tech Inclusion London Recap

Tech Inclusion London

The London Tech Inclusion hosted by Change Catalyst took place on 14th of December 2017 at Google Central (St. Giles) London.

The event created was to inform, promote and discuss inclusion within the tech industry.

A critical point repeated throughout the day was to promote minorities in a way that created an inclusive working environment.

The exclusive London event had a long list of incredible speakers sharing in discussions and truths about UK Tech.

RT Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital, supported the tech inclusion movement and stated the agenda essential for the whole country.

He said the UK government is pushing to get more people into Tech via digital apprenticeships with the aim to increase diversity in tech.

Matt Hancock MP

Sara Shahvisi, Director of Programmes at Fearless Futures, highlighted the ‘symptoms' of the tech ecosystem as ‘not good’, shared a lot of insights and solutions to overcome the tech diversity problem.

Sara Shahvisi

Alex Fefegha, Lead Maker of Things at Comuzi, highlighted the problem of building AI building and the biases it will inherit.

His talk focused the talent pool building AI is predominately white and male, which leads to products that only cater to that one market.

Alex

Srin Madipalli, Product Manager at Airbnb, also spoke about his experiences cited accessibility problems when travelling led him to decide the best solution is using technology to travel accessible to everyone.

Srin

Another point that came up during the day was the need for culture and the structure of the workplace to make people feel empowered to speak up about any issue.

Amy Lynch, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at ThoughtWorks, shared the vital conservation about the progress that has come to past and there are still more objectives need to must be done.

Amy Lynch

The event also drew attention to the importance of diverse women breaking into VC and Angel Investing.

Such as Suki Fuller, Servane Mouazan, Jessica Stacey and Paris Petgrave.

Toward Inclusive Investment Panel

Mark Martin, EdTech Expert and Team Leader at UKBlackTech, chaired the final panel discussion about the Tech Pipeline.

A key takeaway from the debate was without a more diverse and inclusive pipeline, a more diverse and inclusive tech ecosystem will be nothing but a pipedream.

Focus on Education - Developing an Inclusive Tech Pipeline

Lastly, I wanted to thank Melinda Briana Epler, CEO of Tech Inclusion and Founder & CEO of Change Catalyst, Wayne Sutton, Co-Founder of Tech Inclusion and Change Catalyst, plus all the volunteers for bringing Tech Inclusion to London.

Tech Inclusion London Team

This event exceeded all expectations, all of us at CGV are excited to see future developments in the upcoming years.

Thanks for reading,

Abi from CGV

What is Wrong with This List?

Emmanuel hit me up last week with an article from the Business Insider, “The 100 coolest people in UK tech”, and asked me what is wrong with this list.

A few seconds scrolling down and it dawned on me relatively exactly what was wrong with the list - there was not an obvious black face to be seen anywhere.

There are no obvious quantitative metrics by which to measure coolness, such is the subjective nature of these lists right. But it still frustrates me that people that look like myself continue to be overlooked and underrepresented.

Yes, I did take time to grow through the list and tally up some simple diversity stats.

Yes, this is really what I do in my spare time.

The list sums to 113 but it counts a group of people as one position on the list.

BI List

As you can see the list is 81% white and 77% male, which, sad to say, is to be expected, but there is no black representation on the list whatsoever.

Last year it was marginally better there were an almighty and incredulous amount of black people on the “cool” list.

How many you ask? Well… just two black women. Julie Adenuga at No.3 and Legacy Russell at No.92

There are more black people than ever (both men and women) now involved in the tech ecosystem.

We need more representation, and we need to be the drivers for this. If we leave it to lists this one published on Business Insider, we will always be asking “where are the people that look like us.”

Instead of expressing my disappointment repeatedly, we need to take this as a time to celebrate platforms that celebrate other underrepresented groups and us.

Such as:

Let us know your thoughts about the list and showcasing underrepresented groups in the UK tech ecosystem.

Denzel