The List Of Black Men In Venture Capital: Dealmakers And Gatekeepers

Aaron McClendon
Written by Aaron McClendon

My curious mind has led me to exploring a career in what Harry Stebbings (podcaster @TheTwentyMinuteVC and SaaStr) 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, (an investor and operator at Precursor Ventures), 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 and 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.

Black men in venture capital

Atlanta

Paul Judge — Partner, Judge Ventures

Rodney Sampson — Partner, TechSquare Labs

Austin

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

Baltimore

Benjamin Jealous — Partner, Kapor Capital

Bay Area

Clayton Bryan — Venture Partner, 500 Startups

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

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

Marlon Nichols — General Partner, Cross Culture Ventures

Rashad Drakeford — Marketer in Residence, Cross Culture Ventures

Troy Carter — General Partner, Cross Culture Ventures

Nicholas Pianim — Managing Director, DAG Ventures

Javaughn Lawrence — Investor, Eniac Ventures

Abdul Ly – Special Projects, First Round Capital

KJ Sidberry – Investor, Forerunner Ventures

Darryl Finkton – Managing Partner, FundRx

Jason Towns – Managing Partner, Groundwork Ventures

Tyson Clark — Partner, GV

Mark Crawford — Investor, Intel Capital

Brian Dixon — Partner, Kapor Capital

Luke Thompson — Investor, Maschmeyer Group Ventures

Elliott Robinson — Partner, Microsoft Ventures

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

Charlotte

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

Michael Thompson — Founder & Managing Director, MDT Ventures

Wayne Moore — Cofounder & Vice President, Purple Arch Ventures

Cincinnati

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

Columbus

Calvin Cooper — Director, NCT Ventures

Dallas

Joseph Beard — Partner, Perot Jain

D.C.

Lenard Marcus — Partner, Edison Partners

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

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

David Hall — VP, Revolution

Timothy Bernard Jones — Founder & Managing Principal, TBJ Investments

Detroit

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

Seun Oyewole — Analyst, Invest Detroit Ventures

Los Angeles

Vaughn Blake — Founder & Managing Partner, Autochrome

Kobe Bryant — General Partner, Bryant Stibel

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

Adam Demuyakor – Technology Investor, Fifth Wall Ventures

Brentt Baltimore — Investor (MBA Intern), Greycroft Partners

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

Austin Clements — Senior Associate, TenOneTen Ventures

Hamet Watt — Venture Partner, Upfront Ventures

Shane Kelly — Founder & Managing Partner – Wolverine Angels

New York

Aaron Holiday — Cofounder & General Partner, 645 Ventures

Nnamdi Okike — Cofounder & General Partner, 645 Ventures

Oluwatoni Campbell — Associate, Bessemer Venture Partners

Jerrod Hill — VC Associate Intern, Bowery Capital

Kanyi Maqubela — Partner, Collaborative Fund

Kai Bond — Investor, Comcast Ventures / Catalyst Fund

Denmark West — Partner, Connectivity Capital Partners

Demi Obayomi — Associate, FirstMark Capital

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

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

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

Anthony Saleh — Managing Partner, QueensBridge Venture Partners

Craig Vaughan — Partner, QueensBridge Venture Partners

Nasir Jones — Partner, QueensBridge Venture Partners

Chad Mitchell — Associate, Radian Capital

Al Forman — Partner, Tuatara Capital

Solomon Hailu — Investor, Tusk Ventures

Sean Carter (Jay-Z) — Partner*, Arrive

Richard Kerby — Vice President, Venrock

Winston Waters — Investor, Virgin Management

Philadelphia

William Crowder — Partner, 42 Venture Partners

St. Louis

Chisom Uche — Associate, SixThirty

Special thanks to James Norman 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.

This article was originally published on LinkedIn. It is reposted here with the permission of its author, Aaron McClendon.

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About Aaron McClendon
Aaron McClendon is an analyst at Detroit Venture Partners. New to the VC game, he searched for -- and couldn't find -- a comprehensive network of black men at VC firms, so he made his own. As a fellow of Venture for America, he's getting startup training in an emerging U.S. city, living and working for two years at one its partner companies. The fellowship is for recent grads who want to learn how to build a business while making an impact. Aaron studied at Western Michigan University Haworth College of Business.

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