Black-Owned Tech Company to Create Change
It has been been widely reported that Blacks have not benefitted from the technology boom as much as other communities due to location, opportunities or lack of skilled training. One Miami-based, black-owned company has changed that narrative with its own ambitions in the tech world.
“Honestly, there are a few that are out there, but there definitely should be more,” said Jay Porter of Inventors Trust on the outlook on jobs for Blacks in tech. “That is also another part of what I am looking to do, as far as bringing the awareness to this industry and introducing it to some of the Black youth and people that just may be interested in learning something different.”
According to Bloomberg News, among the eight largest U.S. tech companies, the portion of Black workers in technical jobs rose to just 3.1 percent in 2017 from 2.5 percent in 2014.
Inventors Trust is an app development firm that designs and develops apps to deploy their client’s ideas.
“I started working in the industry dealing with IT,” said Porter of his experience starting out. “Mobile apps are not really that old, right? I do not even think that we are at a decade of mobile app. development. With the vision to see what was was coming, the timing could not have been any better for me to get out ahead in regards to [seeing] what was to come … as far as every business needing an app.”
As far as inspiration, the possibilities are endless. Porter said he pulls his inspiration from the goals of the clients that he assists.
“What inspires me is to be able to really interact with people and help them with taking those ideas that they have in concept and bring them to reality,” the 38-year-old entrepreneur said.
The future seems bright for Inventors Trust as Porter has lofty goals for his business. While leaving out specifics because of confidentially issues, he mentioned future plans to join forces with a budding Black-owned wireless company.
“In the next five years … as the number one app development company in the entire industry,” he said of where his business will rank in technology services. “I am looking to become a household name in the next five years in regards to what Inventors Trust does and what we offer.”