In middle school and high school a lot of Black kids told me I was "acting white" because I made all As in school and my first concert was Green Day's Dookie tour. They perceived my intelligence as a weakness.
Meanwhile, a lot of white kids told me they were friends with me because I was "Black but not really Black" because I didn't focus on playing basketball or football and didn't wear baggy jeans like many of the other kids in our school. They perceived Black culture as a weakness.
Now, as an adult, both of those groups of people are probably watching the news and seeing articles about the need for Blacks in technology and being that nerdy / different kid has become something of a calling card be it in music (Pharrell), dressing differently than others in sports (Russell Westbrook), and being able to hang with people of all races (Obama). The superb movie Dope personifies some of this newfound love of nerdy-ness, too.
What these people are learning is that the world has a very high need for people just like me. Nerdy, different and independent-minded Black people.
So Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft if you want to know where to look for Blacks in tech just go to any major city or small town in America, find the 10-year high school reunions and ask everyone who was the nerdy Black kid who didn't only hang out with other Black kids and never fully fit in with the white kids.
The name that comes out is probably one of the few people working on a billion-dollar idea right now.