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Last week a post called “Startup America needs to look more like America” by Kalimah Priforce that was reposted on Quora fired up a debate between some noted Silicon Valley venture capitalist and other startups founders. The post led to a follow up post by Kalimah called “MAKING HISTORY | WILL SUPER ANGELS & TECH MAVENS CLOSE THE MINORITY-LED STARTUP GAP?. The debate and conversations were also continued on HackerNews. In other words, it’s a touchy subject.

Yesterday President Barrack Obama held what the various blogs are calling “tech supper with the stars” and the White House released a photo of a big cheers moment at the dinner table as you can see below.

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From devicemag here’s the full list of attendees according to the NY Times, LA Times and SF Chronicle:

John Doerr, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Carol Bartz, president and CEO, Yahoo!
John Chambers, CEO and chairman, Cisco Systems
Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter
Larry Ellison, co-founder and CEO, Oracle
Reed Hastings, CEO, NetFlix
John Hennessy, president, Stanford University
Steve Jobs, chairman and CEO, Apple (seated next to Obama, above)
Art Levinson, chairman and former CEO, Genentech
Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO, Google
Steve Westly, managing partner and founder, Westly Group
Mark Zuckerberg, founder, president and CEO, Facebook (seated next to Obama, above)

Wow, I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall during the dinner. You can’t argue that everyone on the list is deserving and I like the male to female ratio. But there was not one minatory Silicon Valley CEO or founder worthy or available to attend? I know there are debates about why each of the individuals where invited. You can read about that via a Search Engine Land post called “Who Sat Where? Why Was He There?“.

It’s not like there are no black founders, entrepreneurs, and executives in Silicon Valley because there’s a list on Quora here: Who are some notable black founders, entrepreneurs, and executives in Silicon Valley? At least they could have invited @MCHammer. Maybe next time guys!

Just a simple observation and if you attend a lot of technology events, conferences, or meetup the diversity ratio at the dinner table is about accurate how it is outside of the bubble.

Barrack Obama Silicon Valley Tech Supper with the stars

I normally don’t blog about race or the lack there of in the web/tech/startup space but it’s becoming more of a hot topic and a much needed conversation. Plus I’m doing my 28daysofdiversity.com series and the dinner photo just made me think about it even more. #justsayin

7 Types of iPhone Users by All Area Codes

7 Types of iPhone Users by All Area Codes

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What kind of iPhone user are you?

Apple's Rise to Number 1
Via: Online MBA

The Verizon iPhone is here! Announced on 1.11.11 in New York by Tim Cook and Lowell McAdam. The CDMA Verizon iPhone will be available for sale on February 10 not February 3 as some technology blogs predicated but the February 3 date is for pre-orders for existing Verizon customers online. The Verizon iPhone will cost $199 for the 16GB, $299 for 32GB with a mobile hotspot included for up to 5 devices but they did not release information on monthly pricing. Also during the event, they would not release information about will the iPhone update every year or when the LTE iPhone be for sale on Verizon.

To sign up to be notified about the iPhone 4 on Verizon go here: http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/iphone.jsp

iPhone 4. Verizon. It begins.

For more on the Verizon iPhone 1.11.11 media event read:
Live From The Verizon iPhone Announcement via Mobile Crunch
Live from Verizon’s iPhone event via Engadget
Hello Verizon iPhone goodbye AT&T via gizmodo
Live Blog: Verizon Event via Mac Life

Are you going to purchase the iPhone 4 on Verizon?

As I’ve been in the technology space for over 12 years one thing I’m tired of is all of the technology rumors. One of the most hyped rumors of all time is when or if Verizon will start selling the iPhone. Just do a Google Blog Search for “verizon iphone” and I’m sure between all the tech blogs and the AT&T users who want to switch to Verizon or the Verizon users who want the iPhone everyone is saying finally or will they?

Come Tuesday, January 11, 11:00 A.M., also known as 1.11.11. Verizon is to make an announcement in New York. Verizon has sent out the following non transferable announcement to selected technology bloggers and media outlets.

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Also note during the Verizon wireless CES keynote there were no mentions of Verizon starting to sell the iPhone.

Now that the stars have aligned with the reports/rumors of the $50.00 AT&T iPhone 3Gs pricing, Apple blocking employees vacation days and the mandatory Verizon face-to face training Jan 25 to Feb 4, the Verizon iPhone is about to become a reality. So it seems.

The rumors are pointing to the Verizon iPhone media event on January 11 with the iPhone going on sell at Verizon starting February 3, 2011. Will it happen? Only time well tell. If not, expect the sky to fall, riots at Verizon stores, stocks to crumble and all heck to break lose on the blogosphere…. maybe.

For an added bonus, BGR is also guessing a big super bowl Verizon iPhone commercial push being the iPhone release date (February 3) is the same week.

Are you going to buy an iPhone on Verizon?

The App of the Day team created an awesome infographic highlighting and categorizing the 300,000 iOS Apps that make up Apple’s App Store.

As some of you know I’m a big fan of the iPhone. I have purchased ever version of the iPhone from the first generation to the iPhone 4. The iPhone 4 is by far the best smartphone in the world (IMHO) because of the battery life, usability, the camera, the shape and access to the app store.

The infographic below by Website Monitoring Blog gives you a history along with facts and figures about Apple’s much beloved iPhone.

iPhone Facts and Figures (PNG)

via: iPhone Facts and Figures (history & specs) | Website Monitoring Blog.