Zebras Unite (Zebras are real, unicorns are not! Unicorns always seem to be alone, while zebras run in packs!) is a network of founders, investors, and their friends who believe that the problems of diversity in the startup scene aren't just a representation problem, they're a system problem. We'll hear from people, from both on and off CU's campus, who have been pioneering strategies for changing culture and business models for the better. But most of all, we'll hold an open conversation about the challenges and strategies you've encountered around creating a truly inclusive startup community.
Zebras Unite: Tools for Inclusive Tech
Assistant Professor Nathan Schneider is a journalist who writes about religion, technology and democracy. His current project is an exploration of models for democratic ownership and governance for online platforms and protocols. He is founder of the Media Enterprise Design Lab.
He is the author of Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition that Is Shaping the Next Economy, published by Nation Books, and two previous books, God in Proof: The Story of a Search from the Ancients to the Internet and Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse, both published by University of California Press. His articles have appeared in publications including Harper’s, The Nation, The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The New Yorker, and others, along with regular columns for America, a national Catholic weekly. He has lectured at universities including Columbia, Fordham, Harvard, MIT, NYU, the University of Bologna, and Yale. In 2015, he co-organized “Platform Cooperativism,” a pioneering conference on democratic online platforms at The New School, and co-edited the subsequent book, Ours to Hack and to Own: The Rise of Platform Cooperativism, a New Vision for the Future of Work and a Fairer Internet.
Sharri Zamore is a first-generation American (Jamaica, Commonwealth of Dominica, W.I.) with equal interests in creating accessible science outreach and education (with a neuroscience focus), and exploring and describing the unique sensations and neural processing of animals (mosquito and flying snake). Outside of science, Sharri's diverse interests range from cooking and bread making to woodworking, from musical performance to graphic design, and various athletic endeavors.
Corey helps design businesses that are the building blocks of a saner, healthier and more compassionate world. She does this by co-creating DOJO4 as place that quashes assumptions about how we think business should be done and by advocating for a more enlightened, human way of doing business through writing, speaking, and creative projects. Being an incorrigible connector, dedicated fun-haver, and relentlessly practical idealist has been integral to doing her best work.
Some more or less known tidbits about Corey:
She was raised in a Buddhist family and got her middle name, Nigu, from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. She’s studied biology and math at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, medical anthropology at McGill and communications at Concordia, both in Montreal. She’s a widely published photographer. During her first career in documentary film, she worked mostly on social justice oriented films, and even on a few Oscar nominated productions. She helps run a Buddhist military children’s camp every summer, and leads a wilderness rites of passage for 16 year-olds. She lives in a trailer park.
All of Corey’s work is made possible through the good company of her exceptionally patient husband, Michael, and fearless, funny daughters, Florence and Phoebe.
Shamika Goddard is a person who is passionate about people and technology! She was born and raised in San Antonio, TX, and is the oldest of four children. Attending math and engineering camps for fun in junior high and high school, Shamika was excited about learning and eager to help save the world. After graduating from Stanford University, she served a year with AmeriCorps through Reading Partners in Queens and decided to stay in New York City. She went on to study technology and ethics at Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York and is thrilled to be serving others as a Tech Chaplain. She currently attends CU Boulder's iSchool studying technology, ethics, and social justice issues.