Hadiyah's Personal Blog

Thoughts, opinions, and questions live here. I mostly write about racial equity, venture capital, building startups, and being Black.

This week I read ‘A Drop of Midnight’ by Jason Diakité. Jason is a Swedish rapper, the son of two Americans (White mother and Black father), and was born and raised in Sweden. I was attracted to the book because I thought it would focus on Jason’s life in Sweden as a Black man. I […]

I finally purchased a Facebook Portal TV today after a friend’s recommendation in March. (Note friend is an engineer at Facebook) I am too excited to make video calls from my TV. Today, I called my grandmother and in-laws and (like a kid with a new toy) shared all the cool effects of the portal. […]

From a work perspective, 2020 is a wrap. The new COVID vaccine began its rollout this week, signaling a possible near-end to the COVID era. And the new year starts in 2 weeks. Six years ago, Morten (my husband) and I went on a road trip with our camper van. On our way back home, […]

Many of us are aiming to close out all 2020 work items by tomorrow, December 18th. I think December 18th is the unofficial date to check out of 2020 mentally. I have less than 24 hours to meet this ambitious deadline and a whiteboard full of todos. The HBCUvc staff will officially be on break […]

Sometimes founders can get in the way of their own organization. The concern with some founders is we never stop creating and it is difficult to let go of control. HBCUvc has consistently expanded in the last 3 years. I am proud to work with a team who understands the vision, creates strategies and execute. […]

Blues from end-year work demands and family life have me feeling exhausted and unmotivated to write anything. I missed a post yesterday, and contemplated not posting today. However, not writing will only cheat my future self, who will likely want to re-read and reflect, from the full range of emotions experienced during this time. So, […]

I spent significant time today shifting my email process again. I spend a lot of time in meetings, and have struggled with responding to emails within a reasonable time frame. A few months ago, I switched over to Superhuman which has been helpful by providing a convention on multiple inboxes and keyboard shortcuts. However, our […]

I created a Tiktok account today and made my first TikTok. This truly is work related. I am curious on tools to leverage to create engaging education content. Especially on subject areas that can be difficult to learn. I explored tiktok and various hashtags including #venturecapital. There wasn’t a lot of creators posting with the […]

Good Morning. I’m feeling cute with my all Black-owned fits. I’m a minimalist. I don’t own a lot of clothing, however, in the past year I’ve strategic by swapping out some basics with Black-owned brands. Here’s a list of brands included in the picture or products I’ve used in my morning routine. Melt by Kaike […]

A friend shared an article on Facebook on Why more Black elected officials hasn’t created better outcomes for Black Americans. As I read the article, I thought of the parallels of Black elected officials who exist in historically White domains and Black venture capitalists who also operate in historically White domains. The article gives reasoning […]