Our stories move beyond popular deficit narratives to show the substantive ways that Black people are affected by and engaged with the innovation economy, including analyses of modern technologies.
Launched in 2016 as the first daily tech newsletter covering Black startups and ecosystems, The Plug curated the top news of Black founders and innovators.
Today, we synthesize the fastest-growing crop of communities leading the future of work, business, and technology, for leaders, executives, government officials, reporters, and researchers who are thinking inclusively about building, supporting, funding, and stewarding next-gen communities, companies, and technologies.
We’re a venture-backed journalism and insights company supported by Backstage Capital, American Public Media, Concrete Rose Foundation, and private investors, who do not influence our reporting or research.
We are also supported by client and customer memberships and advertising dollars which allow us to build sustainable relationships across industries to support our reporting and research.
Black tech ecosystems are shaping the future of business around the globe. Get the insights you need to understand emerging teams, talent, founders, hubs, deals, and more.
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The Plug advances the rich history of journalism, rigorously contextualizing the Black Innovation Economy.