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Encouraging Diversity

You've likely heard the buzz about the lack of racial, ethnic and gender diversity among startup founders and other tech executives. And there's just as little diversity among the venture capitalists who fund these companies.

A 2011 survey by the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and Dow Jones VentureSource found most venture capitalists are white men.

Specifically, 89 percent of the 600 individuals surveyed  were male and almost  as many — 87 percent — were white. Another 9 percent identified themselves asAsian, 2 percent said they were black or Latino and another 2 percent identified as “mixed race.”

Natalia Oberti Noguera, founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship angel investing bootcamp for women, thinks it's time for a change.

Pipeline Fellowship has engaged BeVisible and Black MBA Women as Recruitment Ambassadors for women of color. Both organizations will provide scholarships to women who sign on to Pipeline Fellowship’s angel investing bootcamp and become investors.

Daria Burke, Founder of Black MBA Women, said her goal is to take an active role in the development of black women leaders. BeVisible Co-Founder Andrea Guendelman hopes train more Latinas to become investors.

“As an LGBTQ Latina entrepreneur,” added Oberti Noguera, “I'm committed to engaging underrepresented voices."

Pipeline Fellowship has opened a call for applications for its fall 2015 programs in Albuquerque, Boulder, Denver, LA, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, Seattle, SF, Silicon Valley, and Vegas. Black women and Latinas are encouraged to apply before  August 31. 

Their Moment of InfoZen

Federal employees might be familiar with Air Ops, Ground Ops and T Ops. But now they’ll be learning about DevOps.

InfoZen, a cloud broker and provider of DevOps and Agile Software Development for the public sector, just launched InfoZen DevOps University (IDU), an education initiative designed to build the next wave of DevOps and agile development experts within the federal government. 

The initial two-track program will also be available for select customers.

Options include a leadership and strategy course — focusing on “real-world best practices for scaling DevOps to meet the needs of large federal agencies” — and a practitioner course that “takes participants through building, testing, deploying, and monitoring a live application.” 

“DevOps marks a culture change for federal IT that requires talent with unique skills and experience,” stated Raj Ananthanpillai, InfoZen’s chairman, CEO, and president. 

Kristian Nelson, new Senior VP of DevOps and Emerging Markets for Bethesda,-Md.-based InfoZen, will head up IDU.

Say Yes to the Address

The Global Address Data Association, headquartered in South Salem, N.Y., wants to make sure everyone has an address. And two Durham, N.C.-based Bell and Howell vice presidents have joined the organization to help with that effort. 

A young and lean trade association (established in 2010 with less than ten employees), GADA hopes  to “alter the way postal systems, businesses and governments look at the address” and believes that “possession of an address is a fundamental human right.” 

Charles Prescott, Executive Director and founder of GADA, invited the two new members from Bell and Howell — Brian Bowers, Vice President/CTO, and Mike Swift, Vice President/General Manager, Sorting and Parcels, to participate in the United States Postal Service’s Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee.

“MTAC is the ‘voice of the consumer,’ and Bell and Howell brings to the conversation with the USPS its unique insights into the postal needs of all its customers,” Prescott said.

Ramesh Ratan, Bell and Howell CEO, said the company wants to work with industry leaders to improve  how mail and parcels are processed and delivered. 

Who Do You Trust?

Members of the Online Trust Association (OTA) are concerned about the safety of the Internet of Things (IoT) and they want to hear from you. 

The non-profit, based in Bellevue, Wash., this week released its IoT Trust Framework, which presents “guidelines for manufacturers, developers and retailers to follow when designing, creating, adapting and marketing connected devices.” The OTA task force is asking for feedback from industry leaders and the public between now and September 14.

“The rapid growth of the Internet of Things has accelerated the release of connected products, yet important capability gaps in privacy and security design remain as these devices become more and more a part of everyday life,” said Craig Spiezle, Executive Director and President of OTA.

Some of the proposed best practices from OTA’s IoT Working Group include:

  • Making privacy policies readily available for review prior to product purchase, download or activation
  • Encrypting or hashing all personally identifiable data both at rest and in motion
  • Disclosing prior to purchase a device’s data collection policies, as well as the impact on the device’s key features if consumers choose not to share their data
  • Disclosing if the user has the ability to remove or make anonymous all personal data upon discontinuing device or device end-of-life
  • Publishing a timeframe for support after the device/app is discontinued or replaced by newer version

The working group was formed in January and includes members from ADT, AVG Technologies, Microsoft, Symantec and TRUSTe, among others.