VM: Are there common misconceptions that people have for investing in startups founded by black people or specifically black women?
KF: I don't think they think about us. I don't think there is any misconception. I mean, if anything it's that there are none to invest in. I'm not even sure if we're at the top of their mind.
VM: What do you think that kind of invisibility means for how we understand tech innovation when an entire demographic is not even being thought about?
KF: It definitely has an impact on how we see tech. Tech is a particularly interesting industry versus other industries with diversity problems — you know, finance, law, and so forth — because tech is creating the future. It's being created right now. And everything we do in our life is touched by tech.
So if a whole group of people is not a part of creating what is going on, that means we're not a part of the future. And that's really problematic, because the future is going to be brown. If brown people aren't allowed in creating it, what does that mean? I think it's important to ask tech people that, because it's one thing to ask me as a brown person. But to ask them, "Why aren't you doing it? Why aren't you taking the steps?"
I don't accept their reasoning. Here are the brightest people in the entire world [with] 50, 100, 200 billion dollars in cash in the bank —Apple, and Google, and other companies like that. And you're telling me that with the smartness you all have, with the money you all have, you can't find a solution to [tech's diversity gap]?
These are people who created driverless cars. These are people who can land rockets on the moon and move asteroids, but you can't figure out how to deal with this? I just don't think that's acceptable.