You have been invited to this page because you belong to my support circle. So first and foremost let me share an abundant THANK YOU for the trust, love, and encouragement poured into our relationship. I am in need of financial support. My journey as a startup founder is exciting and has been gaining traction rapidly. The cost to maintain this traction however is taking a toll on my measly grad student loan income. If you are willing and able, I request your monetary support to my founder’s fund to assist my journey in continuing to break down barriers and help to pave the way for the next generation of underrepresented and underestimated talent. I may not have a dime, but I have a vision and I hope you will help me to achieve it.
$100k salary is considered low income in the San Francisco Bay Area where I live
$3k is the average cost of important conferences I need to attend like SXSW and I have several other tech conferences that are quickly approaching (ticket, travel, hotel, food etc.)
2% of seed investment goes to women in the tech industry and it’s even less for women of color - a reality I face now entering my first round of investment asks
$40k is the average seed investment for Black women compared to $1.14M for other founders
*Note I am requesting personal financial contributions, not investment into my company. If you are interested in being an investor, please contact me at Kristina@culturxeat.com.
My 2019 TRACTION
Named a Barrier Breaker by the University of Southern California’s Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for arts, technology, and the business of innovation.
Presented 6 months of research on diversity, equity, and inclusion in tech to the USC community during Diversity, Equity and Inclusion week and to the Design, Technology, and Business administration of USC’s Iovine Young Academy. Resulted in request for me to train USC campus departments.
Sponsored and Moderated a panel for the Coalition of Black Excellence week on the past, present, and future of impact of the Black Lives Matter Movement with Alicia Garza-co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the mothers of police brutality victims, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, and Mario Woods.
Produced live art installation for Black Joy Parade in Oakland, CA
Initiated first point of contact with Airbnb execs, one of my top strategic partner goals for ZiM during the Startup Grind conference
Partnership meetings in progress with Adobe, La Placa Cohen - top arts and culture research and marketing organization in America, California African American Museum, The Getty, Swizz Beats’ The Dean Collection, Yu + co Hollywood Design Studio and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Invited to attend Black Women Talk Tech Conference in New York, NY
March 7th: Celebrated 30th Birthday
Officially named a mentor at Backstage Capital on Disrupting Toxic Tech
Officially named a mentor at New Voices Fund - 1863 Ventures on Disrupting Toxic Tech