About The Plug

Get the reporting on who & what is creating our future.

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.

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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 and the structures and cultures.

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. 

Values

Inclusivity, Expansive, Multi-dimensional, Community-focused, Intentional, Trustworthy, Smart, Fierce, Unapologetic.

Mission

To provide consistent intelligence to leaders toward the goal of INCLUSIVE business in tech. Newsrooms in all emerging Black Markets.

Our writers

We are The Plug

Get the reporting on who and what is creating our future.

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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Our Tailored Experience
Weekly Briefings

Our complimentary Monday analysis of your need-to-know of the trends, news, and engagement opportunities across the Black innovation economy. 

Timely Databases

Members-only downloadable research and datasets across industries, talent, companies, and trends to watch.

Business Analysis

Exclusive company analysis reports and case studies for premium subscribers. 

Community Discussion

Members-only live events, discussion forums, and data guidance tutorials. 

Careers

The Plug, a digital media company dedicated to covering the Black innovation economy is looking for freelancers! We're always in search of innovative, forward-thinking contributors to provide premium content to our subscribers.

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Business Intelligence for an Inclusive Future

The Plug advances the rich history of journalism, rigorously contextualizing the Black Innovation Economy.