Competition Judges

  1. Andrew Lindsay 2

    Senior VP of Corporate Development and Business Development, HubSpot

    Andrew is responsible for the company's partnerships, platform ecosystem, acquisitions and investments, including its HubSpot Ventures corporate venture capital group. Prior to joining HubSpot, Andrew held several positions at Jawbone, most recently as the VP of Corporate Development. He was previously a consultant with McKinsey & Company and an investment banker with Merrill Lynch. He is a member if Asana's Board of Directors. Andrew is based in San Francisco, CA and chairs the city's TechSF workforce investment group. He graduated from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School with a JD and an MBA and completed an undergraduate BS degree at Howard University.



    Senior Marketing Manager, VMWare 

    Jason James is a systems architect, technology enthusiast, and a longtime designer of systems that ensure performance, resilience and reliability. Jason has been with VMWare for 7 years, and has over 20 years of systems engineering experience which he uses to analyze solutions in the marketplace today. Jason has an MBA in technology management from the University of Phoenix and is a graduated of the Howard University School of Business. Jason currently serves as the Chair of the HUSB Information Systems department executive board. He has been a volunteer in the School of Business for over 10 years.


    Greg Taylor

    VP of Growth, Data & Digital Media, Media.Monks 

    Gregory Taylor assists marketers with their digital marketing transformation projects across media operations, data strategy and analytics. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University and a Masters degree in Entrepreneurial Management from the University of San Francisco. During his undergraduate days, Gregory recognized he value in giving students the opportunity to work on client projects, which led to him founding his own digital marketing firm, Taylor'd Brands. Even though there was and still is a lack of diversity within the marketing and advertising industries, he believes his business is a positive reflection of the diverse hidden talent within the Black community.


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    VP of Product, Sprout Social

    Arnita Curtis is a technology and product executive at Sprout Social, a social media management and intelligence tool for businesses of all sizes. Arnita graduated from M.I.T. with a Masters in engineering as well as an MBA. She received her Bachelors in computer engineering from Howard University. At Sprout Social, Arnita has partnered with the co-founders and executive team to scale the product team from Series-B to IPO to over $200M in annual recurring revenue. She is passionate about creating pathways for Black youth - particularly in STEM. Arnita currently lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters.


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    Managing Partner, Devland 

    Miles is an influential startup business leader, investor, career product manager, author, research advocate and entrepreneur with over 20 companies to his credit. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Miami and served as a visiting academic researcher at the University of Rochester with funding by the National Science Foundation. Throughout his career he led technology development as a software engineer and product manager creating frameworks for repeatable innovation within private equity managed companies. He now focuses on designing sustainable ecosystems that forge technology creation through new ventures, alternative funding models, corporate innovation engagement and applied R&D.