Updated: Sep 22
It's time for an honest conversation about Angel Investing in the Black community: why, where, and how. Featuring Jewel Burks Solomon and Kimberly Marshall.
Jewel Burks Solomon
As Head of Google for Startups in the United States, Jewel Burks Solomon works to level the playing field for diverse startup founders and communities by connecting them with the best that Google’s products, skills, and people have to offer.
In addition to her role at Google, Jewel is an advocate for representation in and access to the technology industry. She currently serves as Managing Partner at Collab Capital, an investment fund to connect Black founders to the financial and social capital they need to build profitable businesses. From 2013 to 2016 Jewel was CEO and co-founder of Partpic, a startup that was acquired by Amazon, which streamlines the purchase of maintenance and repair parts using computer vision. Before founding Partpic, Jewel served in management, enterprise sales, and strategic diversity roles at McMaster-Carr Industrial Supply and Google, Inc.
Jewel is a native of Nashville, TN and graduate of Howard University. She is a member of the 2019 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
Kimberly Marshall is an early stage investor and advisor for high growth companies building products and services that will change the world. She advises Goldman Sachs on their Launch With GS investing strategy, is a Founding Board Member of Black Angels Miami, and is an active investor and limited partner. Previously, at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Marshall designed and executed the edtech investing strategy for higher education and future of work. Prior to the Gates Foundation, Marshall spearheaded strategic growth initiatives across product, operations and policy at Uber, contributing to their growth from 19 markets to over 400 markets in 70 countries.
Marshall earned undergraduate degrees in Economics and French from Harvard University and an MBA with a concentration in Entrepreneurship and Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.