15 Questions with Mark Luckie
"The success of technology and entrepreneurship follows the socioeconomic growth of the country. In short, the more money people are flush with, the more opportunity there is for experimentation."
"In order to recognize the power of these communities, you have to have people internally who come from these communities."
"I am a big sci-fi action nut, but there are very few movies or stories that have Black characters, and even fewer that have Black leads. "
"When Luckie, 33, is considering a new job, he asks this question: 'Am I doing something that hasn’t been done before'?"
"Both Luckie and Miley were active participants in the BlackBirds, the black employee affinity group at Twitter. In an attempt to break down barriers, Luckie even launched an informal ‘Ask a black guy’ initiative."
"You know that feeling you get when you watch classic black movies from the 80s, 90s and 2000s? Media innovator and tech wiz Mark Luckie wants to bring those movies and that feeling back to the theaters."
“The most interesting thing about it (TiBT) is it’s based on public tool,” Luckie said. “Anybody could’ve created this, but nobody has used it in this way up until now..."
"The idea came about several months ago when I kept missing trending hashtags and stories going viral in the #BlackTwitter network. I wanted to build something for people like me who wanted to know what was going on in their online community."
“Black people are creative. The things we come up with, whether it’s a meme or #BlackLivesMatter, has come from a place of creativity.”
"Black people want to see positive representation of themselves. I created this for the same reason that HBCU’s exist, which is to reflect the culture we have and why it's so important."
"If you have a diversity of people coming up with great ideas, who have different backgrounds, they are more likely to be innovative. But if you have a lot of people who look alike, who come from the same background, then you are not living up to the full potential."
“On many occasions when visiting another company, a Black employee would pull me to the side. They'd say in a hushed tone, 'I didn't know any of us worked there.’”
"When people understand that you’re being authentic in your conversation, then they’re more likely to open up to you and that’s journalism in general."
"Most of Twitter executives are white men and if the plan truly is to have a diverse workforce that didn't play out with the hire of Jeffrey Siminoff."
"so we're woke...now what?"
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