The mid-season additions of Brendan Elliot and Peter Mata’utia coupled with new signings Jamie Buhrer, Rory Kostjasyn, Ken Sio, Josh Starling and Jacob Gagan have given the Knights much more depth heading into the 2017 season.”There is a lot more competition [for places] than there was last year,” Brown said.”Hopefully people like Chanel Mata’utia will have more luck with injuries. Chanel hurt his knee in the first two minutes against the Gold Coast in Round 1 and never got back, we are quite hopeful that Chanel will have a big year. “We are definitely a lot stronger at this stage this year than we were last year, not only with quality, but experience as well.”That depth is already showing with the battle for the custodian role, with three players capable of filling the position. “Dylan Pythian and Peter Mata’utia are probably the two most likely ones at this stage,” Brown said,”Nathan Ross is happy to play there or at wing or centre as well. He’s 27 and he’s only played 30 games, he really established himself as a winger, so we’d probably like to keep Ross there and keep a bit of stability.”The Knights returned to training on Wednesday, knowing the Downer NRL Auckland Nines are just around the corner. “In the Nines we’d like to give a few younger blokes an opportunity and some experienced players as well,” Brown said.”Fitness will play a part in that. We have some outside backs that have spent some time in rehab that have missed a bit of training so we certainly don’t want to risk anyone. “I think some of the players and especially the higher profile ones, they enjoy playing Nines. When we play the Nines we have a trial on the same weekend against a state league side on the Gold Coast. A couple of weeks after that we play Canberra.”Brown is still yet to decide on his best starting side, but said the trials and training will help make up his decision in the coming months.
Study: Not One Single Unicorn is BlackÂ Mercury News examines the fact that there is not one, single “unicornâ€–a startup with a valuation of $1 billion and up–founded or led by an African American. The articles cites example of exemplary tech talent and concludes, “A track record like that should produce a lot more investment in the 450,000 African American technology professionals.â€African Americans Denied Access in the Land of Tech What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos USA Today interviewed venture capitalist Charles Hudson, who was a speaker at Black Enterprise’s inaugural TechConneXt Summit two years ago. Hudson’s VC form, Precursor Ventures, is on a mission to make “sure more entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds get an equal shot at venture capital dollars and their Silicon Valley dreams.â€This Is the End of Black Female CEOs In Corporate America This Week in Tech Racism looks back at the summer home of Martin Luther King Jr. in San Francisco, where black natives are routinely shut out of tech jobs. Also, with the resignation of tech CEO Ursula Burns and Rosalind Brewer’s retirement as CEO of Sam’s Club, there are no more black females in the C-suite at any major corporation. Check out these stories and other news that stands at the intersection of technology and racism. Black Enterprise’s digital managing editor, Maryann Reid, outlines how companies, as well-meaning as they may be, get their diversity goals and initiatives all wrong. Ursula Burns recently resigned as CEO of Xerox, not long after the company split into two business units. Now, Rosalind Brewer has retired as CEO of Sam’s Club. Black Enterprise’s senior business editor, Carolyn M. Brown, offers why it’s so troubling that there are currently no black women as C-level executives at major companies, any longer.How Companies Get Diversity So Wrong The San Francisco Chronicle poses the question, “Would Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr. recognize San Francisco today?â€ Dr. King routinely spent summers there in his youth. Today, many African Americans do not have access to tech jobs in San Francisco, as they do in the smaller tech hubs of other cities.Charles Hudson’s Quest to Diversify the Startup Scene be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/week-tech-racism-january-14-2017/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/week-tech-racism-january-14-2017/