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From Google intern to employee: Fabian Elliott is building a thriving black tech community

INSPIRING A GENERATION [PIC CREDIT: LeVern A. Danley]

INSPIRING A GENERATION [PIC CREDIT: LeVern A. Danley]

MEET FABIAN Elliott, who makes up two per cent of black people working at Google in the US.

Fabian is an Advertising Technology Solutions Consultant at the global company, in which his innate ability for problem solving enabled him to turn an internship into a full-time job.

He is also the co-chair of Google’s Black Employee Group.

By night, the 25-year-old runs his own company, Black Tech Mecca, where he helps creative’s in Chicago secure collaborative space that strengthens their connections and relationships helping them build a thriving black tech ecosystem in Chicago.

“The organisation was designed to help people prepare for their career and their future endeavours,” he told xoNecole.

“We’re establishing a platform to help the black tech community connect with each other and connect with resources.”

He added: “For Google, I want to continue to grow my digital advertising know-how and figure out how to add as much value to my clients as possible.”

And his tips for success?

“You’re never too old or too young to recreate yourself and start a new life. Some of our most renown leaders, like Martin Luther King Jr. were successful in their 20s then there’s other stories of people like Mark Cuban (Owner, Dallas Mavericks; Judge, Shark Tank) he was a waiter in his 20s and now he’s a billionaire entrepreneur.

“Some people have an early start, others become successful later in life,” he added.

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