We are entering 2017 with a BANG! Last year was filled with relentless hustle, lots of late nights/early mornings, brilliant new friends from all over the world, and an opportunity to shake hands with the POTUS! Going into 2017, we will, again, double-down on the hustle and continue to sow our seeds. Expect growth across the team in 2017, we will be hiring!
Talib Graves-Manns, CEO
“Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.” — Ecclesiastes 11:6
Marketing & Brand Development — New Website Design
Smart Homes! Point AB leads the digital/technology development and marketing for Bethune Development, a Washington D.C.-based real estate development company. Bethune Development is on track to complete the construction of several smart homes in 2017. Stay tuned for project updates. Please check out the new Bethune Development website.
SkyCap’s First Retail Account!
Life on Autopilot. We create innovative, stylish and handcrafted premium luggage products for the discriminating modern traveler.
The Life on Autopilot team is proud to announce our first retail partner Please Do Not Enter, a curated luxury boutique located in Downtown Los Angeles (549 South Olive Street, 90013).
We also received our first seed investment in November. Our round is still open, so if you’d like a briefing on the opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Black Wall Street Success!
Black Wall Street. We curate experiences, connect people and build networks to close the wealth gap.
Across BWS: Homecoming and the Google for Entrepreneurs Black Founders Exchange Program, 23 black founder-led teams from across the country pitched their ideas and companies to panels of entrepreneurs, investors and industry supporters. The Durham Herald Sun featured the BWS Pitch, Please! competition. Check it out here.
Over $35K in CASH and prizes was awarded during the pitch events. Shaun Andrews, CEO of Charlotte-based InspireInYou, took home the prize at Pitch, Please!: $2,500 cash and a package of legal, finance and marketing services. And at GFE’s Pitch Day, Cambridge, MA-based CareAcademy took home a cash prize of $5,000, plus a technology package sponsored by Lenovo. Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner at Los Angeles-based Backstage Capital also issued a total of $25,000 in convertible notes to five companies.
Black Wall Street: SXSL at The White House
A significant part of our mission at Black Wall Street is to provide the exposure our young need people to build, execute and innovate. When South by South Lawn was announced by The White House — we jumped at the opportunity to bring our squad. Students joined us from North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central University, Shaw University and Hampton University.
The Plug Daily and The BLAK Card will be making moves in 2017!
This is where I share the stories of some of my favorite founders and organizations — people who share my hustle and are creating change. The Plug Daily and The BLAK Card will be making moves in 2017!
Sherrell Dorsey (The Plug) and Divine (BLAK Card) have been heads down building quality product for you, stay tuned.
To learn more, sign up for The Plug Daily, the definitive daily newsletter highlighting the voices of black founders and business leaders in tech news from around the web.
And read about Divine and BLAK on Black Enterprise: Why This FinTech Founder Believes ‘Entrepreneurship Is the New Street Hustle’
Point AB is working with The Carolina Small Business Development Fund and Shaw University to bring to life a 2,000 Sq Ft Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Downtown Raleigh, Grand Opening in late January 2017.
Interested in a career in Startups. Listen to the Breaking into Startups Podcasts.
Faces of Founders — Talib was selected by the Case Foundation to judge the submissions for the Faces of Founders series. It will debut in Fast Company in January 2017.