9 Of The Top Black Tech Founders In 2019 With $2 Billion In Combined Aggregate Valuations

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CEO and co-founder of Cadre, Ryan Williams, speaks at OZY Fest in Central Park on Saturday, July 21, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

These are nine of the top Black tech founders to watch in 2019. Between them, they have built companies with a combined $2 billion in aggregate valuations.

Ryan Williams, Cadre

Ryan Williams, 30, started a revolutionary $800-million real estate tech company called Cadre and proved that real estate can be funded on the web. The Cadre website lets qualified investors view details on apartment and office properties, with video walk-throughs, maps, lists of tenants and data. Williams accomplished this with the help of more than 80 investors including Jared Kushner (up to $50 million) according to Forbes. Other shareholders and investors include George Soros’ Soros Fund Management, Peter Thiel, billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla and “Trump troll” Mark Cuban.

Williams has had to do a lot of explaining about the Kushner connection. Critics believe Ivanka Trump and her husband could profit from the opportunity zone tax breaks they championed as advisors to President Donald Trump.