Many in the field of technology have come to notice that their is a lack of diversity in the field. So the New York educational team of General Assembly is looking to change that for the future as the “Opportunity Fund” will offer scholarships for women, veterans, African-Americans and Latinos to help diversify the growth of technology. The financial backers of this program has come to be known and is Google, Microsoft, Hirepurpose and Nas.
The Observer’s BetaBeat reported, “Each of the donors is taking on a target demographic. Google will provide scholarship money for women, Hirepurpose and Microsoft will fund veterans and Nas’s QueensBridge Venture Partners will sponsor African-Americans and Latinos.”
General Assembly CEO Jake Schwartz states, “This is the start of what hopefully will be a contribution to what will be a more diverse and accessible community worldwide,” as they hope this will drive more cultures to go into technology as they see that many of the same cultures are prospering and growing successfully at it.
In 2013, Nas helped revive Mass Appeal’s quarterly publication with an undisclosed six figure investment. He has also gone into business with Decon and White Owl Capital Partners for the growth of technology.
Nas is truly one artist that many should pay more attention to in the Hip Hop community on how to develope yourself and build your brand. But even in the past, Nas has shown that he is a very business savvy individual as his Stillmatic album he made his daughter the Executive Producer of the project so she will always continue to earn Royalties.
Checkout pictures of Nas as he performed at ONE Musicfest 2014 in Atlanta: