A Leading Black Owned Software Development Company

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Azumo is one of the few black-owned software development companies in the United States. But did you know that in the United States, 78% of all privately held businesses are owned by individuals of color. Black-owned businesses, in particular, have grown at a faster rate than the national average; between 2007 and 2012, while total revenue increased 20%, black-owned firms saw their revenues increase 44%.

While it often goes unsaid, African American entrepreneurism has helped drive the US economy for centuries.

Black people in America have made several important contributions to the growth and prosperity of the United States. From scientists turned entrepreneurs like Benjamin Banneker and George Washington Carver, to Madam C.J. Walker and Oprah Winfrey, African American founded enterprises have been making a significant impact on American society since long before the United States was founded.

For example, there were black inventors during colonial times - Benjamin Banneker (whom my youngest son is named after) invented an almanac that helped farmers plan when to plant and harvest their crops. He also helped design and build Washington, D.C. Banneker corresponded with a number of American presidents, from George Washington to Thomas Jefferson. His very existence debunked the gross inferiority claims of enslavers and their allies of the time.

Madam C.J. Walker was the first black woman to become a millionaire in America due to her beauty products, which she developed specifically for black women's hairstyles at that time. She built her company from scratch and made it one of the biggest companies in America by hiring thousands of people and building dozens of factories. We can only imagine how many more there would be today if not for the ruinous policies and deadly actions such as the Tulsa Massacre and the many others of its kind that remain untold.

Despite all of the progress that has been made, it is critical to remember that many of the institutional choices made back then have had long-term, seemingly irreversible consequences. Yes, there has been real, meaningful progress. But the impact of private Real Estate policies like redlining and harmful public zoning policies that gashed communities with highways continue to reverberate even today and have had a material impact on wealth creation and generational wealth transfer for black Americans.

Small Black Community

As someone who has spent my entire career in tech, it is plain to see how few African American hold leadership positions across software, internet and technology companies. Worse, it is nearly impossible to pull together a list of Black Americans who serve as partners inside influential venture firms responsible for funding the next great start-ups.

But in the words of Maya Angleou "Still I rise"

Even with that lack of institutional support for Black-owned businesses, we thrive in the United States more than ever before. Today, more than 1 in 4 black families own their own businesses. As consumers, African Americans spend $1.2 trillion annually and represent nearly a third of all discretionary income in the United States.

That's why it's so important that black-owned businesses thrive. They help create more jobs, put people to work, and keep communities strong. This is especially critical as the nation still struggles to climb out of a devastating recession caused by the pandemic and small businesses everywhere face challenges like finding capital and securing loans.

Black-owned businesses already have a hard time getting the financing they need to start up or expand. In fact, black entrepreneurs apply for loans at a rate one-fifth of their white counterparts, and when they do get them, these loans are usually riskier and harder to pay off.

We should applaud firms like Facebook (or Meta) for their initiative to assist African-American and other minority-owned small businesses in obtaining capital by providing loans back by their receivables. Small businesses struggle to find financing and black-owned businesses while having some success and longevity have struggled disproportionately when trying to secure financing for growth capital. As Sheryl Sandberg noted recently, these companies cannot grow if they do not get the financing they need to fund their businesses.

A custom software development company

As a black-owned business working as a software development company, we have been fortunate enough to have doubled our business nearly every year since inception. But in that time, we have also had to think critically about how to fund our growth and have made some tough choices in doing so. In our existence, we have also bootstrapped two homegrown software companies.

I founded Azumo with a vision of helping companies of all sizes affordably build intelligent applications. Since our founding we have done custom software development work for companies ranging from Realogy to Discovery Channel. We have developed applications based on blockchain technology and conversational applications that employ natural language processing and artificial intelligence.

Ultimately, our customers hire us not because of what I am, but because of what we can do for them. At Azumo, we are focused on providing nearshore software development services and IT staff augmentation to our customers. We prefer to build modern applications focused on web development, mobile app development, and data applications. To date, we have worked with a large universe of diverse clients from Facebook and Twitter to several venture-backed start-ups and across many industries from financial services to health care to digital media and e-commerce development. We have also worked with a number of emerging black-owned and women-owned start-ups offering them support and advice as a way for us to give back and invest our time in companies who face heavy odds of success.

If you want to learn more about us please connect with us or read more about who we are and what we have done!