Ebony magazine’s Power 100 gives nod to Brooklyn tech personalities

Donnel Baird and Amélie Lamont, whom Technical.ly has previously covered, are among the honorees.

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“Me, Rihanna and Oprah,” a tweet from Jenna Wortham declared.

That’s quite illustrious company to be in. But now at least four Brooklynites in the world of tech can claim such bragging rights.

Last week, Ebony magazine released its annual Power 100 list. The list, which cuts across fields from sports to business, includes quite a few tech luminaries: David Drummond, the chief legal officer for Alphabet, Google’s parent company; Tristan Walker, the founder and CEO of Walker & Company, which makes the Bevel line of men’s grooming products; and Stacy Brown-Philpot, the CEO of TaskRabbit, which was recently acquired by Ikea.

Those three individuals hail from Silicon Valley, of course. Right alongside them are four, by our count, of Brooklyn’s own. There’s Donnel Baird, the founder and CEO of BlocPower, whom the magazine named a “community crusader” (and who we named to the 2017 realLIST of the borough’s 20 top startups), Amélie Lamont, a product designer and the co-creator of Good for PoC, was named a “disruptor.” Wortham, along with fellow New York Times writer and podcast cohost Wesley Morris, got a nod as a “techie.”

The strong showing is yet another piece of evidence that Brooklyn, already a cultural powerhouse, is increasingly a force to be reckoned with in tech.

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