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"The Market Doesn't Care If You're Indigenous or Not"



(p. A8) MELBOURNE, Australia -- It was a disempowering experience at a large corporate organization that prompted Morgan Coleman to become an entrepreneur.

Initially, he was proud to work there. But soon, as one of the few Indigenous employees, he felt patronized and unwelcome by some, and worried that his manager resented him because of his Torres Strait Islander background.

Now, as part of a growing number of Indigenous Australians finding success in the entrepreneurial world even as the rate of non-Indigenous business ownership has fallen, he feels his future rides solely on his merit.

"Whether I succeed or not, it's entirely up to me," Mr. Coleman, 28, said in a recent interview at the Melbourne offices of Vets on Call, the app he left his corporate job to start. "The market doesn't care if you're Indigenous or not."



For the full story, see:


Kenneth Chang. "For Indigenous Australians, Defining a Destiny Through Entrepreneurship." The New York Times (Monday, Feb. 4, 2019): A8.

(Note: the online version of the story has the date Jan. 30 [sic], 2019, and has the title "''It's Entirely Up to Me': Indigenous Australians Find Empowerment in Start-Ups.")






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