Olivia Jones, February 1, 2021 | 2 min read

15 Influential Black People in Tech You Need to Follow

At Tech Talent South, we are committed to uplifting the voices of those underrepresented in the tech industry. Major tech companies as well as others continue to improve diversity and inclusion among their workforce at a disappointingly slow pace. Despite huge growth in the STEM sector, and particularly in technology-related jobs, people of color continue to be dramatically underrepresented.

This Black History Month, we want to highlight the fight for representation and diversity in the tech industry, and also to stand with those who are innovating and creating positive change. 

One way you can support the movement for better representation in tech is by following the folks who are working to effect change in the industry. For that reason, we’d like to share some of the amazing Black folks doing great work in tech and entrepreneurship. From app creators to the founders of nonprofits, we hope you’ll follow and learn from these extraordinary people.

Simi Awokoya
Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft & Founder of Witty Career 
LinkedIn | Twitter: @similola & @wittycareers 


Ime Archibong
Head of New Product Experimentation at Facebook
LinkedIn | Twitter: @_ImeArchibong & @Facebook
ay we also recommend his recent interview with Prokit CEO David Swain on Leading with Purpose


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Sheena Allen

CEO of Capway; Founder and CEO of Sheena Allen Apps
LinkedIn | Twitter: @whoisSheena, @GoCapWay, and @SheenaAllenApps


Tim Salau

Executive Chairman, CEO, and Co-founder of Guide; General Partner at Mr. Future of Work
LinkedIn | Twitter: @timsalau & @GuideHQ_ | Instagram: @timsalau & @guidehq_


Kimberly Bryant
Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE 
LinkedIn | Twitter: @6Gems & @BlackGirlsCode
earn more about why Kimberly founded Black Girls CODE in her interview with Shondaland last year.

Tristan Walker
Founder and CEO of Walker & Company Brands; Founder of Code2040 
LinkedIn | Twitter: @tristanwalker & @walkercobrands 


Yeshimabeit Milner
Founder and Executive Director of Data for Black Lives 
LinkedIn | Twitter: @YESHICAN & @data4blacklives

Will Lucas
Founder and CEO at A William Lucas Company (AWLCo) which is home to several technology and media-related businesses including Creadio and Classana
LinkedIn | Twitter: @will_lucas & @creadio


Joah Spearman
Founder and CEO of Localeur 
LinkedIn | Twitter: @joahspearman & @Localeur


Annie Jean-Baptiste
Head of Product Inclusion at Google; Author of Building for Everyone
LinkedIn | Twitter: @Its_Me_AJB, @wileybusiness, & @Google 
In addition to following Annie, we would also like to strongly recommend Annie’s book, Building for Everyone, a must-read for inclusive product building with clear advice, templates, and actionable steps to implement change.


Esosa Ighodaro
Cofounder at Black Women Talk Tech
LinkedIn | Twitter: @Sosaspeaks & @BWTalkTech | Instagram


Regina Gwynn
Co-Founder & CEO, TresseNoire; Co-Founder, Black Women Talk Tech
LinkedIn | Twitter: @TresseNoire & @BWTalkTech | Instagram

Lauren Washingon
Cofounder of Black Women Talk Tech and Fundr
LinkedIn | Twitter: @ldubs48 & @Fundr_ai


Lisa Mae Brunson
Founder and Chief Visionary at Wonder Women Tech
LinkedIn | Twitter: @MissLisaMae & @wonderwomentech

Angelica Ross
Founder & CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises; President of Miss Ross, Inc.
LinkedIn | Twitter: @AngelicaRoss, @TransTechSocial & @MissRossInc



Know of any other Black folks leading in tech and innovation who you’d like to see featured? Send us your suggestions on Twitter!



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