Jun 9, 2020
In my previous post, Venture Capital’s Trillion Dollar Diversity Problem, I talk about how important it is to invest in black and female owned venture funds.
Thankfully, there are inspiring black managing partners who are starting their own firms and leading the way to making a difference in our industry. We’ve co-invested with a couple of these impressive venture capitalists. Below is a very small list (there are more out there) of black VC fund managers we admire!
Charles Hudson is the Managing Partner and Founder of Precursor Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in the first institutional round of investment for the most promising software and hardware companies.
Sarah Kunst is the Managing Director of Cleo Capital & a contributing editor at Marie Claire Magazine. She has served as a senior advisor at Bumble where she focused on their corporate VC arm Bumble Fund and on the board of the Michigan State University Foundation endowment.
A world-class athlete, businesswoman, and philanthropist, Serena Williams is the Founder and Managing Partner of Serena Ventures. Serena Ventures has investments in over 30 companies across multiple industries including businesses that touch e-commerce, food & beverage, fashion, health & wellness, social good, and more.
Lo Toney is the Founder and Managing Partner of Plexo Capital a hybrid venture capital firm investing both in emerging VC funds and in early stage companies around the world.
Arlan Hamilton is the Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, a fund that is dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential founders who are people of color, women, and/or LGBT.
Richard is Co-Founder and General Partner at Equal Ventures. Prior to co-founding Equal Ventures, Richard was an investor at Venrock, where he led seed-stage and Series A stage investments in 6Sense, Amino Apps, Beckon, Burner, Luxe Valet, and Salsify.