In the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter movement we have seen businesses across the U.K. being scrutinised for their lack of diversity. Whilst steps have been taken and commitments made one of the frequent rebuttals is a lack of industry data. Ground-breaking new research carried out by 10×10, a group of early-stage black founders and venture capitalists have launched “The Black Report” in partnership with Google. The report surveyed 60 black owned businesses in the UK asking questions about team composition, funding and problems they face. One of the key takeaways from the report was that on average these ventures tend to have more diversity across teams both in terms of race and gender.
This is a positive step in the right direction as we explore why ethnic minorities are not only under represented as employees within businesses but also the issues they face in starting a business. Andy Davis, co-founder of 10×10 said ”We felt it was important to create The Black Report, as we wanted to start painting a picture of black founders, a growing population with incredible value. The diversity stats are particularly interesting as we know from previous studies that there is a huge business case for hiring diverse teams. Black founders could become key in closing the national gap in regards to the lack of diversity in business”.
The report is in conjunction with Google for Startups who have had active involvement putting together the report and have recently committed to creating a $2m Black Founders Fund as part of their pledge for a more equitable future. Marta Krupinska, Head of Google for Startups UK said: “Having spent years in the startup world, I’ve remained shocked at how little we understand – and do – to support Black founders, despite obvious
Edward Chick and Rich Hollister Join ContractPodAi in Double C-Suite Hire to Prepare for Blitzscaling
ContractPodAi has hired former Apttus GM, IBM Emptoris World Wide Leader Edward Chick as Chief Growth Officer and former Reis, Law.com executive Rich Hollister as Chief Revenue Officer, to help lead a new era of growth
ContractPodAi®, the award-winning provider of AI-powered contract lifecycle management solutions, today announced two strategic C-Suite appointments to kickstart a new phase of growth. ContractPodAi has seen digital transformations take an increasingly strong hold in organizations this year, leading to Q3’20 being the best quarter in the company’s history. The company is now looking ahead to exponentially increasing client impact via blitzscaling, pursuing rapid and reputation-setting growth in the still-nascent legal tech market.
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Edward Chick, Chief Growth Officer, ContractPodAi (Photo: Business Wire)
ContractPodAi’s razor-sharp focus on growth necessitates a team dedicated to its management. As Chief Growth Officer (CGO), Edward Chick will focus on reaching customers where they are through sharpened market positioning, and making impact for them at scale through leadership of a fully revamped partnership strategy. A unified approach to revenue and customer success is key to sustaining big growth – and Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) Rich Hollister will oversee a deep integration of the Direct Sales and Customer Success teams at ContractPodAi for the first time, building on the company’s known existing strengths around client delivery.
“A key precursor to success for blitzscaling to exponential growth is organizational capacity: hiring the right leaders at the right time,” said Sarvarth Misra, CEO and Co-Founder. “Edward and Rich bring decades of experience in legal and contracting technologies, so they acutely understand ContractPodAi’s customers and what they need. Edward and Rich also bring decades of experience aggressively growing SaaS and legal tech companies like ours by systematizing our shared core values of