Morgan DeBaun began her career working on product management and business development at Intuit. She kept her full-time job at Intuit but spent all her nights and weekends working on Blavity. She ultimately left Intuit and committed to Blavity full-time due to her dissatisfaction with the media coverage of Michael Brown’s death.

DeBaun cofounded Blavity with Aaron Samuels and Jeff Nelson in 2014. They started with a curated video newsletter and built a website, which was only the beginning. The site features content created by and for young black Americans, including subjects such as the Black Lives Matter movement and protests of the National Anthem.

The news site has grown into a digital ecosystem with a monthly reach of over 100 million people and over 100 corporate partners annually. Their portfolio of brands includes Blavity News, AfroTech, Travel Noire, Shadow, Act, 21Ninety, and Lunchtable. Their conferences include Summit21 for Black women creators and AfroTech, the largest tech conference connecting a global community of 20,000+ Black tech innovators through digital and in-person events.

Blavity Inc. recently launched, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that aims to advance Black economic advancement through entrepreneurial fellowship programs featuring grants, education & mentorship.
DeBaun is one of few African American female founders who have raised more than $1 million in venture capital. In fact, DeBaun has raised $12 Million for Blavity, Inc.

DeBaun also advises influential global brands and companies, including Disney, American Airlines, CES, and Pantora Bridal, and often partners Blavity with big brands to help them authentically reach Black audiences.

DeBaun is also the creator of WorkSmart, a business podcast and small business advising program, and founder of M Roze Essentials and Growth Notebook. DeBaun also advises entrepreneurs and start-up founders in her WorkSmart Program.