Eighteen months ago, in collaboration with Living Cities, Rockefeller and Surdna Foundations, we launched Start Up, Stay Up, Scale Up (SU)3 — an initiative designed to address the challenges in access to capital, social networks, and expertise that entrepreneurs of color often encounter while growing their businesses.
Coaching Cities on Using Capital to Build Inclusive Ecosystems
In order to lead these cities in developing their ecosystems to create the new capital structures that they require, they needed an investor and ecosystem builder who understands the capital challenges faced by entrepreneurs of color in their earliest fundraising rounds and how to create new models to help remove structural bias. …
I talked about my recent investment* in Encantos on TWiStartups (episode 892), but I want to dive a little deeper into the digital media and consumer products opportunity and why I invested in a media company for kids.
Encantos is a West Coast-based digital media and consumer products company that designs and develops family brands and brings them to life via animated films, apps, books, toys and other play experiences — all with a multicultural lens. …
“If you travel long enough, every story becomes a novel.” — Gloria Steinem
On the Road/Off the Road
I just finished reading My Life on the Road, Gloria Steinem’s first-person account of her travels and being an activist who was (and still is) known for being in all of the places that it makes sense to be in no matter where they are ‒ the March on Washington, the 1977 National Women’s Convention, a third-class rail car in India on her way to an ashram.
Steinem stresses the importance of personal connections ‒ the kind that aren’t made over Skype, but happen in cabs, on trains, and over dinner with one another. …