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About Zithri

I'm an information science researcher and consultant focused on technology entrepreneurship and social innovation. My main focus is helping people understand how entrepreneurs and social innovators in high-growth sectors learn and collaborate as they develop new ideas, products and services. For example, I partner with people who fund and operate business accelerators, incubators, and entrepreneurship education initiatives to strengthen and evaluate their programs through the use of data and rigorous case study. I  also work directly with technology startups and entrepreneurial communities to improve their collaboration and overall business strategy.

Another side of my research focuses on issues of access and equity in global technology ecosystems. My current projects are centered around understanding the experiences and contexts of African and Latinx diaspora communities, and future projects will explore challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs and social innovators across race, gender, age, socioeconomic status, ability, and country of origin. 

I am most active in the startup ecosystems in Seattle and the Bay Area but increasingly engaged in projects throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. In terms of institutional affiliations, I am a PhD student at the University of Washington School of Information Science; a German Marshall Memorial Fellow (15'); a Governor appointed member of the Washington State Arts Commission ; Director Emeritus at Technology Access Foundation; and recent cofounder of an orthopedic wearable sensor company - Yes! I not only research but also serially practice entrepreneurship and social innovation. More importantly, however, I'm a proud husband and father of three beautiful daughters who grace me with love and keep me on my toes e'ryday.

 

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What Folks Say About Zithri

I had the pleasure of working with Zithri and his team as they strove to realize their vision for the TAF Academy. When I was the Sr. Program Officer for Education at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, we made a significant investment in the vision for TAF Academy.

We invested in the people who would make that vision a reality; we invested in Zithri and his group. Thanks to his hard work, today that vision is reality. Zithri is smart, dedicated, visionary, strategic, humble, personable, and so much more. He is a role model to many, and I very much enjoyed working with him. Given an opportunity I would do so again with no reservations.
— Anson Fatland, Associate Vice President for Economic Development and External Affairs, Washington State University
I have worked with Zithri on various community service and education related projects for nearly 10 years and I must say that the breadth and depth of knowledge he has of the issues facing the community is incredible. When solving problems Zithri has the ability to provide creative, sound and innovative solutions which are based on thorough research and analysis. Zithri’s passion for working and solving issues in the community is contagious and inspires others to join the cause.
— Melerick Mitchell, Talent Development Consultant (former), Microsoft