10 Young Black Tech Innovators You Should Know


Jon Gosier

Jon Gosier is a tech entrepreneur and the founder of big-data startup MetaLayer, based in Philadelphia, which provides corporate data-analysis and visualization solutions. He is also the founder of Appfrica, a technology consultancy based in East Africa. In 2012 MetaLayer won the Audience Choice Award for best startup at Strata, the world’s preeminent data conference, where Gosier also gave a keynote speech.

Jason Young

Jason started his first business when he was 9 years old and added three others, including a tutoring company and travel agency, prior to entering college. He’s a co-founder of a hot tech startup Mindblown Labs based in Oakland, Calif. The company built Wikinvest, a financial website, which has won several awards and was recognized by as one of top 50 websites by Time magazine in 2010.

Khisaun Ferguson

Khisaun Ferguson is a real estate executive-turned-founder of the Cincinnati software company Dwllr. Dwllr is a “tech cocktail” of Google, Amazon, and Salesforce, which helps consumers and real estate professionals buy and sell property online. Dwllr was selected as one of the seven companies to participate in the NewMe Accelerator, a residential tech accelerator for minority-led startups presented by Google, venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, social media company Tagged and other corporate sponsors.

Jamarlin Martin

Los Angeles native Jamarlin Martin, 35, planted the seed for Moguldom Media Group in 2006 with a $6 domain name investment. Since then, the company – which bills itself as the world’s largest network of owned and operated digital brands focusing on African-Americans, as measured by comScore online reach – says it has seen strong year over year growth. In fact, Moguldom says revenue surged 150 percent from 2011 to 2012.

Based in Atlanta, Moguldom is engaging its audience on a variety of fronts – from its network of five websites, including gossip site Bossip; to its mobile apps and original web series that have the highest engagement in the industry, with more traffic than BET, Interactive One, Vibe and Essence combined, according to the company.

In addition, Moguldom garners 80 million total page views per month across all five of its websites; Bossip, Madame Noire, StyleBlazer, 24Wired and Hip Hop Wired.

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