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Justin, a graduate of Harvard, deferred his second year of Dartmouth’s Tuck Business School to invest time in the start-up. The trio of Black male founders, a rarity in tech, say they are halfway through their seed round of funding, $30,000 of which came from placing first in Dartmouth’s pitch competition.Going forward, the team is preparing for an HBCU college tour this fall that includes Howard, Hampton and North Carolina A&T among others.“Our community wouldn’t be where it is today without the support from that initial Howard launch, from HBCU’s, so this is our way of introducing more people to the brand and thanking them,” Justin says.
According to the Ok Cupid study, Circumstances are not much better for Black men given the marked preference for white men, among white, Asian and Hispanic women on mainstream dating sites.
Even employers who specified 'equal opportunity employer' showed bias, leading Mullainathan to suggest companies serious about diversity must take steps to confront even unconscious biases - for instance, by not looking at names when first evaluating a resume.
Online dating is the natural evolution of courtship in an era where social interaction is more likely to take place over a keyboard, than a cup of coffee.
The University of Chicago's Marianne Bertrand and MIT's Sendhil Mullainathan, however, appeared to find that a black-sounding name can be an impediment, in another recent NBER paper entitled 'Are Emily and Greg More Employable Than Lakisha and Jamal?
'White names got about one callback per 10 resumes; black names got one per 15.
Carries and Kristens had call-back rates of more than 13 percent, but Aisha, Keisha and Tamika got 2.2 percent, 3.8 percent and 5.4 percent, respectively.
And having a higher quality resume, featuring more skills and experience, made a white-sounding name 30 percent more likely to elicit a callback, but only 9 percent more likely for black-sounding names.
Match, Ok Cupid and Tinder are a handful of digital platforms that promise to unite couples with the click of a button.
In these virtual bar scenes, stolen glances are replaced with hasty swipes, and complex algorithms play the role of yenta.
Sometimes, in this illusory world where nothing is exactly as it seems, love happens, but for the most part, as people sort through profiles like the pages of a catalog, dating has become less ritual, and more of a numbers game– a numbers game where the odds are often stacked against African-American romantic hopefuls.“I was talking to one of my friends. He’d just been on Tinder for maybe a week or so and he had 40 or 50 matches already,” says Brian Gerrard, 26.
Last summer, Brian and his brother Justin Gerrard, 28, joined a small group of aspiring entrepreneurs who periodically met for dinner in New York City.“Basically, just a small group of eight guys,” Brian recalls.
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