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Inside This Amazon Scientist’s $25 Million Plan to Turn 12 Abandoned Acres in Jackson, Mississippi Into a Tech Hub

Nashlie Sephus, a 35-year-old Black AI researcher, has a vision for transforming her hometown into a thriving center for tech entrepreneurs.

BY TENESHIA CARR@TENESHIACARR


The 35-year-old has spent the past four years splitting her time between Jackson, her hometown, and Atlanta, where she works as an applied science manager for Amazon’s artificial intelligence initiative. Amazon had acquired Partpic, the¬†visual recognition technology startup¬†where she was chief technology officer, in 2016 for an undisclosed sum. In 2018, she founded the Bean Path, an incubator and technology consulting nonprofit in Jackson that she says has helped more than 400 local businesses and individuals with their tech needs.

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