The List of Black Men in VC

Kobe Bryant, General Partner of Bryant Stibel

My curious mind has led me to exploring a career in what Harry Stebbings calls “the wonderful world of venture.”

In other words, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to identify, meet, and invest in early-stage midwest startups that have potential to become breakout companies.

Similar to Sydney Thomas, the first thing that came to mind was finding my people. With all the talk around the lack of diversity in both tech and venture capital funds, I figured the limited number of black men in this space must be tight.

Although I’m new to the game, I still haven’t found a comprehensive network of black men at venture capital firms to lean on as a safe haven. (If you know something I don’t, let’s connect!)

Rather than talking about lack of diversity, I decided to collect and organize a list of black men in VC. The goal is to highlight everyone for taking action — from the VC vets, to those that haven’t gotten much media attention.

This list includes both the dealmakers & gatekeepers, as both play a strong part in the investment process. This is a great resource for diverse entrepreneurs seeking genuine support, aspiring VCs, startups seeking diverse board members, conference panels, and general community building.

I did not spend too much time researching regions beyond the Bay Area, NYC, and Detroit so if I’m missing anyone, feel free to comment or email profiles to me (aaron@detroit.vc) to add to the list.

In a world of hate, lets come together and make black excellence louder.

Atlanta

Paul Judge — Partner, Judge Ventures

M. Cole Jones — Venture Partner, NextGen Venture Partners

Rodney Sampson — Partner, TechSquare Labs

Austin

James Earl Brown III — Founder & General Partner, Arena Growth Partners

Randall Crowder — Cofounder & Managing Partner, TEXO Ventures

Robert F. Smith — CEO & Chairman of the Board, Vista Equity Partners

Baltimore

Ray Joyce — Venture Analyst, Greenspring Associates

Benjamin Jealous — Partner, Kapor Capital

Herbert Wilkins Jr. — Managing Director, SCI Ventures

Tony Thomas — Managing Director, SCI Ventures

Joaquim Darrel Barros — Managing Director, SCI Ventures

Bay Area

Clayton Bryan — Venture Partner, 500 Startups

David ibnAle — Founder & Managing Partner, Advance Venture Partners

Chris Lyons — Chief of Staff, Andreessen Horowitz

Ken Coleman — Special Advisor, Andreessen Horowitz

LJ Erwin — Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Naithan Jones — Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Kamil Saeid — Investor, Aspect Ventures

Lindsay Lee — Managing Partner, Authentic Ventures

Jamison Hill — Principal, Bain Capital Ventures

Erik Moore — Managing Director, Base Ventures

Kirby Harris — Partner, Base Ventures

Obi Ugwanali — Cofounder & Managing Partner, Black Angel Tech Fund

Ken Grimes — Managing Director, Black Angel Tech Fund

Kwame Anku — Cofounder & Principal, Black Angel Tech Fund

Marc Mitchell — Cofounder & Senior Advisor, Black Angel Tech Fund

Ron Berry — Founding Principal, Black Angel Tech Fund

Vincent Diallo — Partner, Bleu Capital

Stephen DeBerry — Founder & Managing Partner, Bronze Investments

Marlon Nichols — General Partner, Cross Culture Ventures

Rashad Drakeford — Marketer in Residence, Cross Culture Ventures

Trevor Thomas-Uribe — Partner, Cross Culture Ventures

Troy Carter — General Partner, Cross Culture Ventures

Nicholas Pianim — Managing Director, DAG Ventures

Kevin Durant — Founder, Durant Company

Eghosa Omoigui — Managing Partner, EchoVC Partners

Javaughn Lawrence — Investor, Eniac Ventures

Abdul Ly — Special Projects, First Round Capital

KJ Sidberry — Investor, Forerunner Ventures

Darryl Finkton — Managing Partner, FundRx

Ralph Taylor-Smith — Managing Director, GE Ventures

Brian Hollins — Growth Equity Investor, Goldman Sachs

Kwasi Ohene-Adu — VP of Engineering and Operating Partner, Goodwater Capital

Twum Djin — CTO, Goodwater Capital

Jason Towns — Managing Partner, Groundwork Ventures

Tyson Clark — Partner, GV

Mark Crawford — Investor, Intel Capital

Larry Cook — Finance Director, Intel Capital

Brian Dixon — Partner, Kapor Capital

Luke Thompson — Investor, Maschmeyer Group Ventures

Elliott Robinson — Partner, Microsoft Ventures

Michael Madison — Director-General & Founding Partner, Orogenesis

Earnest Sweat — Investor, PLD Ventures

Lo Toney — Partner, Plexo Capital

Charles Hudson — Managing Partner, Precursor Ventures

Frederik Groce — Analyst, Storm Ventures

Adrian Walker — Managing Partner, Telescopic Ventures

Garth Timoll, Sr. — Managing Director, Top Tier Capital Partners

Arthur Johnson — Managing Partner, TwilioFund

Kobie Fuller — General Partner, Upfront Ventures

Michael Seibel — Partner, Y Combinator

Boston

Kingsley R. Chin — Managing Partner & CEO, KICVentures

Carmichael Roberts — General Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners / Founder & Managing Partner, Material Impact

Brandon Greer — Analyst, OpenView Venture Partners

Edward Dugger III — President, Reinventure Capital

Quenton Bubb — Fellow, Vida Ventures

Charlotte

Stephen Walker — Vice President, Artist Capital

Alfred Jackson — Relationship Manager, Queen City Fintech

Chicago

Aaron Gillum — Managing Director, Caerus Investment Partners

James Robinson — Managing Partner, Caerus Investment Partners

Don Thompson — Partner*, Cleveland Avenue

Mike Asem — Director, M25 Group

Michael Thompson — Founder & Managing Director, MDT Ventures

Wayne Moore — Cofounder & Vice President, Purple Arch Ventures

Alex Washington — Managing Director, Wind Point Partners

Cincinnati

Dhani Jones — Chairman, Qey Capital & Founder of the Hillman Accelerator

Ebow Vroom — CEO/President of Operations, Qey Capital & co-founder, Hillman Accelerator

Bjorn Simmons — Director, Hillman Accelerator

Columbus

David Hunegnaw — Partner, LOUD Capital

Calvin Cooper — Director, NCT Ventures

Dallas

Joseph Beard — Partner, Perot Jain

Dr. Kneeland Youngblood — Founding Partner, Pharos Capital Group

D.C.

Nasir Qadree — Associate Director of Social Investments, AT&T

Lenard Marcus — Partner, Edison Partners

Hilton H. Augustine, Jr. — Chief Angel, Englare

Olawale (Wale) Ayeni — Senior Investment Officer — VC, International Finance Corporation

Winslow Sargeant — Managing Director, S&T

Terry L. Jones — Managing Partner, Syncom Venture Partners

Duane McKnight — Partner, Syncom Venture Partners

Stan Smith — Principal, Syncom Venture Partners

David Hall — VP, Revolution

Timothy Bernard Jones — Founder & Managing Principal, TBJ Investments

Vernon Lee — Co-Chair, Venture Capital Access Program (VCAP)

Detroit

Lemuel Amen — Managing Partner, Altius Companies

Aaron McClendon — Analyst, Detroit Venture Partners

Sherwin Prior — Managing Director, GM Ventures

Stefon Crawford — Analyst, GM Ventures

Derek Edwards — Vice President, Invest Detroit

Jason Barnett — Vice President, Invest Detroit

Karl I. Bell — SVP, Invest Detroit

Cayse Llorens — Senior Associate, Invest Detroit Ventures

Seun Oyewole — Analyst, Invest Detroit Ventures

Hartford

Laurence Morse — CEO, Fairview Capital Partners

Kola Olofinboba — Managing Partner, Fairview Capital Partners

Kwesi Quaye — Associate, Fairview Capital Partners

Kansas City

Kevin Lockett — Partner, Fulcrum Global Capital

Los Angeles

Troy Carter — Founder & CEO, Atom Factory

Vaughn Blake — Founder & Managing Partner, Autochrome

Walter Delph — Partner & Managing Director, BCG Digital Ventures

Kobe Bryant — General Partner, Bryant Stibel

Adam Demuyakor — Technology Investor, Fifth Wall Ventures

Brentt Baltimore — Investor (MBA Intern), Greycroft Partners

Ryan L. Smith — Director of Venture Capital & Private Equity, Magic Johnson Enterprises

Rashaun Williams — General Partner (The All-Star Fund), Manhattan Venture Partners

Austin Clements — Senior Associate, TenOneTen Ventures

Anthony Tucker — Principal, Troy Capital Partners

Hamet Watt — Venture Partner, Upfront Ventures

Anthony Saleh — Partner, WndrCo

Shane Kelly — Founder & Managing Partner — Wolverine Angels

Nashville

Marcus Whitney — Founding Partner, Jumpstart Foundry

Israel Rollins — Managing Principal, Bethesda Capital Partners

New York

Aaron Holiday — Cofounder & General Partner, 645 Ventures

Nnamdi Okike — Cofounder & General Partner, 645 Ventures

Christopher N. Aguwa — Senior Manager, Aetna Ventures

Del Johnson — Investor in Residence, Backstage Capital

Oluwatoni Campbell — Associate, Bessemer Venture Partners

Jerrod Hill — VC Associate Intern, Bowery Capital

Kanyi Maqubela — (Formerly) Partner, Collaborative Fund

Adrian Grant — Entrepreneur In Residence, Comcast Ventures / Catalyst Fund

Kai Bond — Investor, Comcast Ventures / Catalyst Fund

Denmark West — Partner, Connectivity Capital Partners

Demi Obayomi — Associate, FirstMark Capital

Kenneth Chenault — Chairman & Managing Director, General Catalyst Partners

Peter Boyce II — Partner*, General Catalyst Partners / Rough Draft Ventures

Chris Wallace — Investor, Greycroft Partners

Brentt Baltimore — Investor (MBA Intern), Greycroft Partners

Brandon Bryant — Managing Partner, Harlem Capital Partners

Henri Pierre-Jacques — Managing Partner, Harlem Capital Partners

Imafidon Edomwonyi — Managing Partner, Harlem Capital Partners

Jarrid Tingle — Managing Partner, Harlem Capital Partners

John Henry — Managing Partner, Harlem Capital Partners

Winzell Steele Jr — Managing Partner, Harlem Capital Partners

Courtney Hall — Managing Director, Hillcrest Venture Partners

Richard Parsons — Co-founder & Partner, Imagination Capital

Brian Aoaeh — Partner, KEC Ventures

John Azubuike — Associate, KEC Ventures

Allan Jean-Baptiste — Principal, KKR

Carmelo Anthony — Partner*, Melo 7 Tech Partners

Ivan Alo — Cofounder & Managing Partner, New Age Capital

Kelvin Beachum Jr. — Investor, Next Play Capital

Craig Vaughan — Partner, QueensBridge Venture Partners

Nasir Jones — Partner, QueensBridge Venture Partners

Chad Mitchell — Associate, Radian Capital

Malcolm McClain — Associate, Rethink Capital

Al Forman — Partner, Tuatara Capital

Solomon Hailu — Investor, Tusk Ventures

Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) — Partner*, TBD*

Richard Kerby — (Formerly) Vice President, Venrock

Alden Mahabir — Manager, Verizon Ventures

Winston Waters — Investor, Virgin Management

Philadelphia

William Crowder — Partner, 42 Venture Partners

Roberra Aklilu — Investment Analyst, Osage University Partners

Martin Hunt — General Partner, SmartInvest Ventures

Jon Gosier — Founder & General Partner, Southbox / Principal, Gosier Holdings

Pittsburgh

Nana Wilberforce Ph.D — Partner, S.A.W. Capital Partners

St. Louis

Chisom Uche — Associate, SixThirty

Special thanks to James Norman and Daniel Floyd for reviewing the list, Richard Kerby for providing the base to build on, and both Andrew J. Albert and Sydney Thomas for encouraging me to publish this.

*Represents titles I was unable to officially identify online.

Last updated February 6, 2018