Like Tinder For Jobs: BDPA HSCC Alumna Launches ‘Job Match’ App @ SXSW

NBC NEWS | Marissa Evans

AUSTIN, TX—Stephanie Lampkin has a photo of Ursula Burns, the CEO of Xerox, up in her office.

Oprah, Maya Angelou and Melanie Hobson have a special place in her office too, but Lampkin says she draws a lot of inspiration from Burns’ corporate career path.

“It takes a lot of patience and grace and delayed gratification for a black woman to go up in the ranks of a company like that,” Lampkin says. “We need to see more examples of that.”  Delayed gratification and grace have been key for Lampkin, 31, as she prepares to launch her app, Blendoor, into public beta testing during SXSW interactive festival Sunday. The app comes two years after being told during an interview with a well-known tech company that she didn’t have enough technical skills.

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This was news to Lampkin, a D.C.-native who had been coding since she 13, was a Stanford engineering and MIT graduate and an alumna of companies like Microsoft, Deloitte and TripAdvisor.

“It was almost funny to me because I felt like if I were a white or Asian person with those exact same credentials there would be no question about how technical I was,” Lampkin says.

That’s where the idea behind Blendoor was born.

The app is designed to take unconscious bias out of hiring in the tech space. Companies can swipe for candidates using only their listed qualifications, not pictures. According to Lampkin, the goal is to move the conversation about diversity in tech beyond the alleged pipeline argument to justifiable, quantifiable data that companies can use. Nineteen companies including Google, Twitter, AirBnb and LinkedIn are piloting the app.

Lampkin learned to code through the Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) High School Computer Competition (HSCC) program in Washington, D.C. and became a full-time web developer by the time she was 15. But the idea of becoming an engineer was planted by her aunt, a computer scientist who Lampkin admired, and who possessed the latest gadgets of the 1980s — like her cell phone in the car for non-emergencies and even a CD player. Most importantly: her aunt had freedom and could travel the world on a whim.

bdpatoday March 2016read more about Blendoor from NBC News.

see latest article on Blendoor in your March 2016 special Women’s History edition of bdpatoday.

Kapor Capital Invests $100K in three People -Ops Start-Ups

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Stephanie Lampkin | Blendoor Founder and CEO —

OAKLAND, CA — Kapor Capital, in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs and Village Capital, hosted a pitch competition yesterday (11.10.15) in Oakland, California, for startups that are working on revamping the old-school human resources industry and on technology to mitigate bias in the hiring process.

Blendoor‬ was among latest winning startups. Read more

BDPA HSCC Alumna Wins TECH.CO $tart-Up Contest

Blendoor Blendoor wins start-up contest.
BDPA’s Stephanie Lampkin captures title.

San Francisco – The votes are in! TECH.CO officially announced this year’s Startup of the Year. They had $250,000 in prizes to give away this year, so while they had one winner each startup went home with something.

First Place went to Blendoor, who received $120,000 of SoftLayer credits and chose to partner with 500 Startups. Oh, and they won the coveted Tech Cocktail chalice!  Select here to discover more…

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