Education, Mentors, Money: How to Boost Black Tech Entrepreneurs

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Don Charlton learned early on to steel himself against double takes about his race in technology circles while he built his recruiting-software business, the Resumator. “Unless they researched me, they had no idea I was a black guy,” says Charlton, who founded the Pittsburgh business in 2009. “So I was always prepared to surprise people when I walked through the door. That’s a shock to the system that I had to fight through in order to get trust.”

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