Brian is a Partner at Kapor Capital, a seed-stage social impact venture capital firm based in Oakland, CA. He joined Kapor Capital as a pre-MBA intern in 2011. Brian's passion for tech, enthusiasm for solutions that promote a social good, and commitment to empowering underrepresented entrepreneurs have inspired him to excel at Kapor Capital for the past five years.
Brian's role comprises six main activities: pre-investment, post-investment, management, operations, budgeting, and strategy. Every year, Kapor Capital makes about 20 new investments, ranging from $100-250K per company (in addition to follow-on investments). When Brian is not meeting with prospective companies, he is working with over 100 active companies in the portfolio. The guidance, resources, and connections he provides founders typically center on business development, product development, hiring, and fundraising. In addition to sourcing new companies and supporting the current portfolio, Brian manages four other investment team members. All four are new to Kapor Capital and new to venture in general, so Brian spends many hours each week mentoring them and furthering their development.
Prior to joining Kapor Capital, Brian was a software engineer at Citigroup through their selective IT analyst training program, and has worked as a product and project manager at Education First and Babyzone (Acquired by Disney). Brian has also founded multiple tech startups, starting at the age of 16.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in computer and information science from Northeastern University and an MBA from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Brian has been selected as a Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Fellow, Babson Fellow, and Springworks Scholar. Most recently, he was a '40 Under 40: Tech Diversity ' Silicon Valley' awardee and listed as one of 'The 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology' by Business Insider.
Brian served his fellowship at Kapor Capital under the mentorship of Founding Partner Mitch Kapor. He is a member of Class 21.