Investing in Black-led startups and investment firms

My venture capital job places me at the intersection of burgeoning technologies and funding new businesses. As general counsel of Alphabet’s CapitalG, I’m responsible for our fund’s legal work, and I work with the growth team to help our portfolio companies accelerate the growth of their businesses. 

I’ve also had the privilege to lead an Alphabet-wide team focused on investing in Black-led VC funds, startups and organizations supporting Black entrepreneurs. As racial equity is inextricably linked to economic opportunity, last year, Google committed to making an investment to promote increased capital access and wealth generation in the Black community. 

My team is responsible for allocating these funds among the many well-deserving potential recipients. This cross-Alphabet team, including people from Google, CapitalG and GV, met with numerous Black-led venture capital firms and Black entrepreneurs to identify recipients of the funds and better understand their needs. 

Through this process, it was apparent that funding alone isn’t enough. So teams across Google and Alphabet have come together to provide the identified Black-led VC firms and their portfolio companies access to Alphabet’s people, network and technologies, as well.