July 2019

LYFT
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I had a great interview with @cheddar today on one of my first tech investments and favorite companies. We own this originally at $10/share, I was trying to explain that VC investors already made our money! “Big Investors Unmoved by Lyft Stock's...
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130 TECH DEALS
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Today Lyft went public, and I reflected on how I got into investing. It started from being broke, not understanding money and being tired of it being the reason why I couldn’t do things. I had no money to pay...
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CULTURE
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We have always known this, but culture has the ability to influence technology and technology influences culture. Most of the successful tech companies start out by sending free product to celebrities. Next, they raise money from them and feature them...
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100 MILLION INFLUENCE
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I never discuss who I work with, but collectively our investors reach and inspire over 100 million people via social media. All of them are investors in tech, launching their own VC funds, building diverse portfolios, influencing the companies they...
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OFFSET
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Offset recently said on the Breakfast Club that he read about Nas and Juicy J investing and it inspired him to invest. This is huge. When all the headlines are people losing money while investing, others don’t want to invest....
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21 SAVAGE
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Culture - Community - Capital. Those are the three tenants of my mission. Have you guys seen what 21 Savage is doing in financial literacy?! What if leaders of the culture made it cool to save money, invest, start businesses...
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TECH
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Black Enterprise is a place that has acknowledged excellence in businesses for decades. I remember when I started at Goldman Sachs in 2001,  reading about the top 25 African Americans on Wallstreet and in business hoping one day to make that...
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INSPIRE
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The most value an investor can provide is to educate people on two things: how to raise money and how to accelerate their business. That way you teach them how to fish so they can continue to eat. It seems...
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OF THE YEAR
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This year has started out with a bang already! Last year I spoke about this with Black Enterprise. Several of our companies are going public, and others like HotelTonight are being acquired by our other portfolio companies (Airbnb)! Hundreds of...
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FREDDIE FIGGERS
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This isn’t my usual post about financial literacy or investing. I’ve been thinking about the life story of folks like Caron Butler (google it, will blow you away), my own story growing up on 88th and Princeton in Chicago, and...
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