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Jeff Nelson

Chief Operating OfficerBlavity Inc.

Atlanta, GA

Member Since March 2023


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Jeff Nelson is a serial entrepreneur, technical architect and software expert driving innovation in technology, business, culture and public policy. He is the Technical Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Blavity Inc., the leading company for Black culture and millennials, and the Founder and CEO of Cinchapi Inc., a real-time software platform for data discovery, analytics and automation. Jeff’s mission is to create simple solutions to complex problems using technology, so humans can be more productive. As an entrepreneur, Jeff focuses on inventions that creatively harness the power of human and machine intelligence to make it easier for people to connect, work and thrive. As of today, his companies have combined to raise over $13 million in venture funding, generate millions in recurring revenue and create dozens of jobs for women and underrepresented people. Jeff studied Computer Science at Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to his work as an entrepreneur, he is a startup advisor, coding instructor, and political strategist.

Published content

Embracing product innovation beyond office walls


Distance need not hinder innovation. Instead, it catalyzes reshaping how teams collaborate and innovate in the digital age.

3 reasons DEI programs fail and how you can prevent it


The most common reasons DEI initiatives fall short highlight the need for practical strategies to ensure your organization sidesteps these pitfalls and thrives by genuinely embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Hacking the startup paradox: Strategies for launching innovative companies with minimal resources


Here are a few approaches that can help founders overcome the dependencies inherent to the startup paradox and increase their chances of success.

Why your diversity efforts shouldn’t stop after the hiring process


If you’re a brand leader looking to drive innovation, unlock new revenue streams, and cultivate a culture of inclusive excellence, you should embrace diversity in leadership.

Company details

Blavity Inc.

Company bio

Blavity Inc. is a venture-backed corporation that builds product solutions and media for Black consumers and enterprises who want to reach them. Our business division, AfroTech, is a professional network and talent acquisition solution for the world's largest companies. In addition, Blavity Digital Media Group creates content for Black audiences across all platforms. Today, we are home to the largest network of platforms and lifestyle brands serving the multifaceted lives of Black millennials & Gen-Z through original content, video, and unique experiences. The company has grown into a market leader for Black media, reaching over 250 million millennials per month through our growing brand portfolio: Blavity News, 21Ninety, AFROTECH™, Travel Noire, and Shadow & Act. Assembled of passionate, high-energy, and focused rock stars, our Blavity, Inc. Team executes with our values at the forefront of mind: Love of Community, Transparency and Communication, Collective Responsibility, and Fail Fast. Blavity, Inc. is continuously looking for new team members to help us continue to scale, cultivate our community, and advance our strategic direction.


Media & entertainment

Company size

51 - 200