Honored to join my friend, fellow entrepreneur and internet pioneer Steve Case, founder of AOL along with a wide range of businesses, Steve Case during his Rise of the Rest Tour in Memphis, TN, where he is encouraging entrepreneurship and start ups here. Steve Case and I will be joining together in a conversation later today, but here is one stat that jumped out at me — less than 1% of all venture capital investment goes to African-Americans. And if you do an internet search for ‘entrepreneurs’ — almost all white faces will appear on screen. This. Must. Change. We – at Operation HOPE — want to change this.
Here in Memphis, less than 1% of business receipts are from African-American businesses. This. Must. Change. Support Steve Case and the Rise of the Rest Tour as they span across the country. Make sure you get a copy of #TheMemo for you, and those you love. And check out the amazing work of Operation HOPE.
-John Hope Bryant