Hadiyah's Personal Blog

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

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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 […]

We use Airtable for HBCUvc to keep contact info for our program participants. Majority of the data existing in our Airtable was imported from program applications, which was created using Typeform. As programs grow and time passes, we want to ensure we keep our participant data up-to-date. One option is to allow participants to update […]

Yesterday, I committed to not writing another vent post this month. Although, my goal is normalize a process of reflecting through writing, I didn’t want to look back at these posts and see anger in each post. Today, I spent the day overthinking topics for this post. Here are the various topics that came to […]

In my first professional role, I was fortunate to have a Black manager. I was a young software engineer, 20 years old — right out of college, when I had an unfortunate conversation with a team member. The conversation had a lot of racist undertones. As a Black women working for a Black manager, I […]

“Now keep in mind I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my shit” – Erykah Badu Sometimes I’m a hater, particularly when it comes to my work and organizations in similar spaces. It’s real and a characteristic I have to actively manage. HBCUvc is deeply personal for me. It is me. It is my family […]

This week, Forbes published their annual 30 Under 30 list. A friend texted me and said he noticed Forbes featured more Black people in the venture capital category than previous years. He hinted that some of HBCUvc’s work may be shifting the industry. Three years ago, we started an annual list to highlight rising Black […]

They say it could take 10 – 12 years to see significant returns in venture capital. I use this analogy often when talking about our work and approach to changing venture capital to fund more Black and Brown founders. I think visually and can see venture capital as a graphic system. When drawing out the […]

This year, I’ve begun a deep dive into unlearning and re-learning ecosystem building through the lens of what is desired by Black innovators versus corporate social responsibility initiatives such as “Diversity and Inclusion.” At the start of the year, HBCUvc created a new vision statement that reads: To build a global innovation economy where Black, […]