In light of the recent racial injustices in America, many people in the tech community have been speaking up about the inequalities within our ecosystem. We’ve seen the example of Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, step down from his position at the company’s board and ask to be replaced by a black candidate. We’ve seen VCs launch dedicated funds that would focus exclusively on companies by black founders. And, so on.
This issue of diversity has gotten a lot less coverage on this side of the ocean in Europe but we’ve heard some investors speak up, namely our two guests for this week’s podcast: Joshua Olusanya of Notion Capital, who published a powerful opinion piece about Diversity in Venture Capital on Medium, and Daisy Onubogu of Backed VC.
Daisy is Head of Networks at Backed VC and D&I champion on the Investment Committee. She’s also an Advisor at Roam International, Emerge Conference, and a board director of global charity, Future Brilliance. Previously, she was in charge of curating mainstage speakers for Web Summit and its sister conferences. In a former life she was a trainee lawyer and co-founder of Refugee Info Network (a project around gathering EU asylum information to supply to refugee camps in Lesbos and Calais).
Joshua is Off-Cycle Analyst at Notion Capital, where he spends the bulk of his time dealing with all things post-investment. Prior to joining Notion, Joshua has worked at Google in the New Business Sales team; AfricInvest Capital, a growth fund based in Tunisia; a consumer-tech VC fund in Indonesia; and Bethnal Green Ventures, a “tech for good” fund based in London. Since then, he has joined Shaper Impact Capital as an analyst, connecting impact start-ups to a network of impact investors.
Daisy and Joshua join us on this week’s episode to talk about diversity in the investment space and deliberate on what funds can do better to encourage more diversity in the investment space.