The unhealthy gap between what we preach in America and what we often practice creates a moral dry rot that eats at the very foundation of our democratic ideals and values.
Whitney M. Young
In 2016, I was having breakfast with my good friend Calvin Young when I had a random thought. We should work together to create a pre-seed fund to invest in Black-led startups in Maryland. I don’t know what made me think of it at that moment, but I just knew before that Calvin would be all for it. At the time, I was working for the investment arm of the State of Maryland, and we were trying to figure out how to increase the number of Black-led startups getting seed funding. One thing we kept hearing from the Black-led startups that we talked to was how many of them lacked the earliest forms of capital — friends and family capital. It is the friends and family capital that many companies use to get the first version of a product built, to validate Click here to read entire article