Posted April 19, 2015 by Editorial Staff in Science + Technology

Bay Area TechREGISTRY: Profiles

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An interview series highlighting African Americans in technology and finance from the Bay Area and beyond

About The Searchlights Project
Charles Hudson

Charles Hudson
Precursor Ventures

Denmark West

Denmark West
Connectivity Capital Partners

Welcome to The Searchlights Project. This project has been a long way in the making. We wanted to tell you a bit more about why we created it and what we are trying to do with it.

We created The Searchlights Project as a way to highlight some people of color who we think are doing amazing work but are not getting sufficient media coverage. While there are some people who have moved the ball forward by creating lists of influential people, we feel like there is more that can be done. We wanted to make sure that we shine the light on folks who are doing really interesting works but are not getting noticed, covered, or lauded for their achievements.

We are all for people who are out there trying to evangelize a more inclusive tech community. But we think part of making tech feel more inclusive is creating a site and a forum for giving more of the backstory about how people got into tech and what they overcame to get to where they are. We hope you enjoy the interviews that are published here.

[PHOTOS] Tech professionals converge for Inaugural “40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley” Reception and Awards Ceremony
40 under 40Over 350 technology professionals and supporters attended the “40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley” recognition program on Wednesday evening, September 16, hosted by Airbnb at their San Francisco headquarters. Conceived by theREGISTRYBayArea.com and produced in partnership with Digital Diversity Network (DDN), the inaugural event celebrated the achievements of 40 leaders from diverse backgrounds, under the age of 40 in the innovation economy. Two special categories, the Silicon Icon and Game Changer, were awarded to Roy Clay, Sr., Founder and Former CEO, ROD-L Electronics, and Shellye Archambeau, CEO, MetricStream, respectively. [RecapPhoto Gallery]