Episode 189

Venture Capital for the Mulitcultural Mainstream with Garnet Heraman


August 29th, 2023

46 mins 8 secs

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About this Episode

Greetings Glocal Citizens!

This week on the podcast I have the pleasure of hosting the gentleman who opened the invitation to what is now Glocal Citizens. As you listen to the episode, you’ll understand more about how my guest’s investment ethic and a particular investment in a start-up podcasting network four years ago are at the intersection of our collective coming to being on this page.

Born into multiracial family in Trinidad & Tobago, now based in Southern California, my guest is investor, influencer and friend, Garnet Heraman. With over 25 years experience at the intersection of innovation, diversity and technology, Garnet is a frequent speaker at events around the world; his portfolio has been featured in Time Magazine, BuzzFeed, Forbes, Bloomberg, HuffPost, Thrillist, WSJ, Institutional Investor, Inc., Entrepreneur, GMA, Travel+ Leisure + O, Oprah Magazine.

He is co-founder and managing partner of Aperture VC, the US’s largest fintech fund backed by multiple Fortune 500 companies. He is also co-founder of FUEL OZ.Capital, an opportunity zone sponsor of innovation hubs to drive inclusive development. Previously, he was co-founder of Aegis Investment Partners, a private equity boutique specializing in growth capital for corpvc backed companies.

He is an investor or board member at numerous ventures and is co-owner of the sustainable apparel brand, Karina Dresses.

Garnet’s non-profit work includes the Brookings Institute (advisor); the Columbia Venture Community; TiE New York, where he was a founding board member; The CORO Foundation, which named him to their prestigious Leadership New York Program in the 2000-1 cohort and; Rhizome.org, the world's first digital art space on the web.

Where to find Garnet?
On LinkedIn

What’s Garnet reading?
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Other topics of interest:
About the Woolworth Building
About Aperture’s William Crowder
Carla Harris
Fred Wilson
Joanne Solomon Wilson
Union Square Ventures
Digitial NYC: Wired to the World Program
Philip McKenzie
Comcast Catalyst Fund