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Diverse Representation in Technology Spaces with Asmau Ahmed

Diversity and representation in the venture capital and technology spaces are as important as ever. This week’s episode 51 of How Women Inspire Podcast is about creating inclusive and diverse representation in venture capital!

In this episode of How Women Inspire Podcast, Julie Castro Abrams and Asmau Ahmed are sharing the importance of supporting diverse groups with capital and tips to better understand the changing technological landscape in terms of AI and machine learning.

Asmau Ahmed is a senior leader at X (formerly Google X), Alphabet’s innovation factory. She sits on the boards of CAA (Creative Artists Agency) and Quinstreet. She serves as an advisor to the Yale Entrepreneurship Society and is a member of the Opportunity Leadership Council.

Asmau has a foundation in Engineering and Finance and over 20 years of experience as a venture-funded CEO, operating executive, and management consultant. She has led over $10B in digitally enabled innovations and operations spanning multiple industries including technology, consumer retail, manufacturing, and financial services. She is skilled at balancing disruptive innovation with operational, fiscal, risk management and regulatory compliance rigor.

Some of the talking points Julie and Asmau Ahmed go over in this episode include:

  • How race and gender factor into venture capital.

  • The importance of diversifying investment portfolios and funding those often underfunded.

  • How machine learning technology has changed over the past few decades, especially in regards to bias in data.

  • How maching learning and AI could affect higher education in the future.

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Chapter Markers:

00:00 Diverse Representation in Technology Spaces with Asmau Ahmed, Senior Leader at X

9:42 Black women do more for their investors than anyone else in the country

12:10 How to start building products

15:18 How the landscape of technology has changed over the years

18:36 Understanding the FICO score

20:38 How machine learning gets to surface bias

24:21 What’s next for Asmau Ahmed

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