Mission & Board
The Include program will encompass many projects and experiments over time, but whatever shape the Include program takes these guiding principles will be at the core:
In broadest terms, TechCrunch Include aims to provide access to those historically underrepresented in the tech world. Our initial efforts will focus its efforts on underrepresented groups in tech including, but not limited to, Black and African Americans, Latino and Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, women, aging Americans, the economically disadvantaged, and the LGBTQ community. We recognize that this is not the whole picture. Over time, TechCrunch will take a fluid view of who qualifies for the Include program.
Staff and Culture
Our past and present board members are:
Aarthi Ramamurthy is the founder and CEO of Lumoid, a try-before-you-buy service for consumer electronics like drones, wearables and digital imaging products. Backed by YCombinator, Lumoid is one of the top 25 hottest startups in San Francisco. Prior to Lumoid, Aarthi built Xbox LIVE at Microsoft for 6 years, and then joined Netflix to build the video streaming SDK for various CE platforms such as Sony, Panasonic, Apple etc. She hails from India, and has a Masters in software engineering. Aarthi is one of the top 50 influential women in the US and is an avid runner and photographer.
Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner with Precursor Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investments on investing in strong teams in the business to business and business to consumer software markets. Prior to founding Precursor, Charles was a Partner with SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Internet and mobile startups. Hudson holds a BA in Economics and Spanish from Stanford University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Tracy is currently a backend/infrastructure software engineer at Pinterest.
She was previously at Quora, where she joined as the second engineer.
She holds an MS in Computer Science and a BS in Electrical Engineering, both from Stanford University.
Alexia Tsotsis is the co-editor of TechCrunch. She attended the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, majoring in Writing and Painting, and moved to New York City shortly after graduation to work in the media industry.
After four years of living in New York and attending courses at New York University, she returned to Los Angeles in order to continue her career in new media, first as LA Weekly’s Internet culture reporter, and then as SF Weekly’s web editor.
Before she joined TechCrunch in 2010, Alexia ran the SFweekly website from San Francisco, staying on top of the tech scene and human behavior in the digital age.
At TechCrunch, Alexia covers young companies, and has had the opportunity to interview everyone from Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom to Facebook investor Peter Thiel to fashion blogger Leandra Medine. In 2011, Alexia made the Forbes “30 Under 30: Rising Stars of Media List.” In 2012 she was promoted to Co-EIC of TechCrunch.
In 2015, she stepped down as co-editor to attend Stanford.
[**Disclosures**](http://www.crunchbase.com/person/alexia-tsotsis): I own Aol stock, diversified investments via ETFs and Mutual Funds, and shares in Facebook, Yahoo and Twitter. I am a board member of MAS, a non-profit design lab in Los Angeles. I’m also in a relationship with a VC at General Catalyst Partners. Whenever there is the potential for real or perceived conflict in what I write about, I promise to bring it up, and link back here.
Kate Courteau is the director of nonprofits at Y Combinator. She joined the Y Combinator team in 2005 as their chief actual architect and has been in charge of architecture, design and facilities for their growing company. She has also run her own private architectural practice since 2000. As a part of this practice she has been active in the nonprofit world leading various projects in North America and Africa. Her deep interest and slight frustration working in the nonprofit space has lead her to head YC’s new initiative to teach social entrepreneurs how to build thriving and sustainable companies and do good in the world. YC has mentored 15 nonprofit startups since the program’s start in 2014.