Aug 10, 2021 • 47M

Backing 1,000 diverse founders over the next 20 years: The mission of Henri Pierre-Jacques and Harlem Capital

The Consumer VC Episode 154 with Henri Pierre-Jacques, Managing Partner of Harlem Capital

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Mike Gelb
The Consumer VC takes a look into early-stage consumer investing and venture capital. If you are interested in learning about consumer trends, have a b2c business and interested in learning about the fundraising process at the early stage, you have come to the right place. Mike interviews some of the top venture capitalists in the world that focus on B2C and consumer type companies or have a deep track record investing in these categories such as marketplaces, SaaS, social, CPG and non-tech subscription. Mike also interviews founders that are building some of the most disruptive consumer facing companies in the world. The conversation usually includes the insight the founder discovered, fundraising strategy, and the pitch. This podcast also includes bonus episodes. Each bonus episode dives into a particular subject that might not have to due with the fundraise or venture capital, but still would be helpful to founders. For example, a bonus episode on brand strategy or how to construct a board of directors. All bonus episodes will be clearly labeled. For all episodes, please visit For updates, you can follow @mikegelb on Twitter.
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Hey there,

Our guest today is Henri Pierre-Jacques, co-founder and Managing Partner at Harlem Capital.

Harlem Capital is a venture capital firm on a mission to change the face of entrepreneurship by investing in 1,000 diverse founders over 20 years. They are 31 investments in and just getting started. Some of their investments include Aunt Flow, Blavity, and Repeat.

We discuss:

  • Measuring impact in the early stages of investing

  • Why he decided to start a fund

  • How to increase diversity within VC

  • Raising fund 2 in the middle of the pandemic

  • Why Harlem wants to be a multi-stage fund

  • Opportunities and verticals he’s most bullish on

  • Transitioning his career from PE to VC

Thanks for listening!