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humble thoughts by humble ventures — Issue #10

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humble is a venture development firm that drives innovation forward in partnership with startups, investors, and established organizations. In this monthly newsletter, you’ll read original articles, press that references humble, and highlights in addition to what we’re tracking in investing, innovation, diverse founders, and those building solutions for diverse audiences.

Curated by Harry Alford

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Making Water Visible

Why a beginners mindset and racial humility can drive us towards racial equity…

How Student-Athletes Can Honor Dr. King’s Legacy and Manifest Change in this Country

Wednesday, August 26 was one of the most widespread days of sports activism that the Nation has ever witnessed. The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Game 5 of their playoff series against the Orlando Magic…

humble press & highlights

How To Be An Antiracist Designer

As Ibram X. Kendi, director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, notes in his book How to Be an Antiracist, “it’s not enough to simply be “not racist.” “The opposite of…

The National Black Chamber Of Commerce And humble ventures Are Providing $150,000 To Black-Owned Bars And Restaurants

Early-stage effects of COVID-19 and lockdowns have disproportionately hit minority businesses. Analysis from the National Bureau Of Economic Research reveals 41% of Black business owners disappeared…

humble ventures Discusses Diversity And How Enterprises Can Innovate

Money20/20 organizes the largest global events enabling payments and financial services innovation for connected commerce at the intersection of mobile, retail, marketing services, data, and…

what we’re tracking

Secret Sauce Behind Ark’s Success Is Cathie Wood’s Diverse Team

Cathie Wood’s Ark Investment Management is well known for its wildly optimistic price target for Tesla Inc., its money-spinning bet on Bitcoin, and the 81% return of its main fund this year. It’s less well known that almost none of its analysts has a finance background…

The Mike Speiser Incubation Playbook

In Formula 1 racing, you can win a world championship as a driver with one team but then not even make the top 10 without that team’s car and infrastructure. Venture can often feel like this, too. Many top-performing VCs would struggle if they weren’t on their firm’s platform. And similarly, a far greater…

A Public Company Adopts Bitcoin as Primary Treasury Reserve Asset

This week, MicroStrategy, a publicly-traded company, announced that it purchased 21,454 bitcoin at an aggregate purchase price of $250M as part of its treasury reserve strategy. This announcement is…

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Harry Alford

Harry Alford

Institutional Sales, Coinbase Cloud