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Atlanta tech entrepreneur Jewel Burks Solomon has been named head of Google for Startups for the U.S., Hypepotamus has confirmed.

Solomon is not only the first African-American woman to have this title — a highly significant matter in itself — but she is also the first person to ever hold the newly created position at Google.

“I am thrilled about the opportunity to do work I’m deeply passionate about, to help level the playing field in the startup ecosystem,” Solomon tells Hypepotamus about taking the position, saying she’s excited to take on the responsibilities of the job. “I have a great opportunity to highlight the work of incredible startups here and in other markets that have historically been underresourced.”

Solomon’s new role at Google will focus on empowering diverse startup founders with products, connections and best practices. It’s a cause that holds personal and professional significance for the Nashville native, as both a woman of color and alumna of Howard University, an HBCU in Washington, D.C.


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