Be the gold you want to hold

This week, Forbes published their annual 30 Under 30 list. A friend texted me and said he noticed Forbes featured more Black people in the venture capital category than previous years. He hinted that some of HBCUvc’s work may be shifting the industry.

Three years ago, we started an annual list to highlight rising Black and Latinx venture capital leaders. We named the list, “31 Under 31 In Venture Capital.” (2019 list, 2020 list)

We started the list because I was frustrated at not seeing representation on Forbes’ list. What is recognizable — is that the majority of Forbes’ 2021 Black awardees, have already been featured on the HBCUvc list.

“Create your own committees, build your own institutions, give your friends awards, award yourself, and be the gold you wanna hold, my Gs” – Solange

Keep pushing and they’ll catch up.

Congratulations to all of the 2021 Forbes 30 under 30 in venture capital awardees. Special congrats to our HBCUvc friends — Frederik Groce, Sydney Sykes, Terri Burns, Jackson Cummings, and Solomon Hailu. You are so deserving of the honor.

PS – A special note, that the Forbes list did not feature any Latinx investors. (Apologies – if I’m mistaken here)

I got you cousins.

***Today I’m starting a daily post challenge. This is post 1. Please forgive typos, errors, or any temporary moments of sanity. The goal is to just write.***

One thought on “Be the gold you want to hold

  1. Thank you for writing this piece. It popped up in my feed thanks to Bie Aweh. Solange’s quote hit. Many of us have been building bridges, tables, and opening doors before it became a trendy phrase. Just doing the work, and not realizing that we the ones we’re waiting for.

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Practicing loving God, neighbors, and myself daily. Leveraging venture capital to advance racial equity at HBCUvc.