Black Techies Represent at SXSW

These four start-up companies showcased their products at this year’s interactive conference in Austin, Texas.


On March 8 and 9, SXSW, also known as South by Southwest—the popular interactive, music and film conference held every year in Austin, Texas—featured a pitch competition for tech start-ups. The prestigious competition allows the burgeoning firms to gain further exposure. We’ve highlighted four start-ups with co-founders who are of African descent.

1. Ricardo Rodriguez, Qlovi

Rodriguez is co-founder and chief technology officer of Qlovi, which produces a literacy tool that offers personalized e-reading and writing in classrooms.

2. Connor Dickie, Synbiota

Dickie is co-founder and CEO of Synbiota, creator of an open-source DNA-design app that allows developers working in synthetic biology to design, share and manage their projects.

3. Benjamin Cooper, Sensible Baby