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What Role Do We Play in Social Justice Matters

Posted by Joe Vasquez on Jan 18, 2016 11:10:31 AM

145921Today is Martin Luther King Jr day, which has been a national holiday since 1986. It’s a day when we can recognize a man who fought hard to tear down racially prejudiced laws and fight for peace through nonviolent means. And it's a good reminder for us that there's a lot more going on in our country than just building tech companies. We see racial issues on the news on a regular basis, but for the most part, we're fairly isolated from them.

It's not always clear, at least to me, what we can be doing to fight for racial justice in our everyday work in the tech sector. On a daily basis, we’re more concerned with writing code and developing go to market strategies. We should, however, care about the world that extends beyond our Silicon Valley bubble. There are bigger problems than user acquisition to be solved, and the brightest minds of our generation should not be too busy debugging apps to play a part.

So that's my wish for this week - that all of us take a moment to think about what's going on in our country and in our cities and how we can get involved. I don’t have any quick solutions to hard problems, but the first step is realizing that the hard problems exist and that we should be getting involved. I’d love to hear from anyone who has thoughts on a role we can play at Runway.

Joe Vasquez

Written by Joe Vasquez

Joe has a passion for helping entrepreneurs and corporations to innovate. He was an early co-founder of StartX, an accelerator for Stanford entrepreneurs. Prior to joining Runway, Joe taught at the Kauffman Fellows Academy and was a Data Analyst Fellow at LocoMotive Labs. Joe started his career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and spent two years teaching bilingual math with Teach For America. Joe holds a BS in Atmosphere & Energy Engineering from Stanford University.

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