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The next time you’re unsure about a technology buy, check out The comprehensive all things digital blog is founded and run by 24-year-old Corvida Raven. According to Black Enterprise, since Raven launched her blog in 2008, she has received the 2008 Best Technology Blog from Black Weblog Awards, been recognized by Glamour and Fast Company and received travel opportunities that have taken her from Austin, TX to Berlin, Germany.

“I try to make technology easy to understand without dumbing things down,” Raven said to Black Enterprise. “I’d rather pull my readers up. I think my readers are smart whether they know the latest technology or not, and I treat them like that when I write about things.”

Raven’s award-winning blog isn’t afraid to write negative technology reviews; if a product is bad, she lets her audience know. She says that for running her blog, money isn’t a problem. In fact the overhead for running her blog is less than $50 a year. What does provide a formidable challenge however is the few number of women in the STEM field.

“There are two things I do in this situation: show up and recommend others that can do the same,” she said.

But although there is a lack of young women in the STEM community, Raven hopes that the up and coming women professionals as well as young professionals as a whole realize the importance of STEM.

“Technology is going to intersect with every part of the next generation’s life and play a major, and currently unknown, role in their future,” she said. “It’s absolutely imperative that the next generation be versed in STEM in order to survive and thrive in the world they were born into. Their future will be severely limited otherwise.”

Her future plans include working on creating a network for youth innovators to help them succeed in the business. To all who come after her, she offers this advice:

“Follow my footsteps by following your own. Find out what you want to do. Write down the necessary steps to do it. Then do it…No one has to tell you how to get to the next level. Just visualize it and put forth all the effort you can to create what you want.”

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