An award-winning, black entrepreneur and investor, with a net worth of $2.73 billion, John Henry is not yet thirty years old. He is a social entrepreneur who wants to make a social difference whilst making money at the same time. His passion is about leveling the playing field for women and African-Americans in business and other areas. John talks about developing generational wealth in black communities via business start-ups. He has worked hard, taken advantage of opportunities, worked in a number of different business roles and he shares what he has learnt along the way.
Why you should book John Henry for your next event
- John shares how to build a business from the ground up. He focuses on the journey and the small steps along the way to becoming successful. He can also explain common start-up issues from the different perspectives of company founder and partner in a venture capital firm.
- He shows the process and skills involved in securing venture capital. John says entrepreneurs need the skills to build a company and also the storytelling skills necessary to sell the business idea to an investor.
- John explains how investing in women and African-Americans makes solid business sense.
John Henry is a Dominican-American born and raised in poverty in New York city. At the age of eighteen, he took a job as a doorman of some luxury apartments and dropped out of college. Whilst working as a doorman, he met two important people that resulted in him setting up a dry cleaning service. Within a short time, it became very successful and he sold the company for $1million. He then went on to co-found a venture capital firm, Harlem Capital Partners, that was focused on helping people of color to launch businesses.
At the same time that John was helping black businesses to grow, he also co-created, produced and presented on the ‘Hustle’, a TV series designed to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses. In addition, he was making branded podcasts for some big names including eBay and Samsung. He has made quite a name for himself and was recipient of many prestigious awards in 2019 such as Forbes 30 Under 30, Adweek Creative 100, The root 100 and Ebony Power 100 lists.
John’s latest venture is leveling the car insurance playing field for drivers of color. In 2020, he co-founded the Loop which aims to create a fairer system for car insurance products. Whatever John comes up with next, it will be sure to disrupt that industry.
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