We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. The brutal and unjust murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery are among countless others that happened before them and that continue to happen everyday in the US. These deaths are cruel, unnecessary, and unjustified. History teaches us that the injustice that black communities face every day are systemic and deeply rooted in the fabric of the US. Additionally, we support our fellow Americans’ rights to peacefully assemble under the first amendment and condemn the cases of police brutality among peaceful protests.
As Howard and I continue to build our business, we pledge to make every effort to give back to our black brothers and sisters. As an actionable next step, we’re looking to partner up with organizations to set up software investing and VC interview workshops to help more folks from under-represented backgrounds get into investing and VC roles– it's alarming that 81% of VC firms don't have a single black investor. In addition we will personally donate to organizations such as the Equal Justice Initiative that help battle the systemic racism against black communities. We will not remain silent and we take a strong anti-racist stance by doing our part to educate ourselves and those around us.
Jon and Howard