secretleaders | The American fixing the race problem in UK venture capital – Eric Collins, star of Channel 4’s The Money Maker and CEO of Impact X

The American fixing the race problem in UK venture capital – Eric Collins, star of Channel 4’s The Money Maker and CEO of Impact X

“Impact X exists because I’m tired. And there are a lot of people who are tired of asking the question – what to do to improve the lives of black Britain? We’ve been having this conversation for a long, long time.”

Meet Eric Collins. He’s done some work for President Obama, built some of the world’s biggest tech companies, is the host of a new TV show on Channel 4 called ‘The Money Maker’, and is the CEO of Impact X, a venture capital fund in the UK for underrepresented founders.

How did Eric find himself here?

“I got a network of extraordinary people. When I say these people are extraordinary people I’m talking about when I was an undergraduate, there was a woman named Michelle Robinson, who was a student in my brother’s class, you will know her as Michelle Obama.”

Eric shares his incredible story from building a network at university with the selective eating club, Cottage Club, to the global tech behemoths he helped build, to the mistakes and reflections he gained from his time at SwiftKey, to hosting ‘The Money Maker’, and finally founding Impact X, a venture capital group for and by underrepresented entrepreneurs.

We chat about:

  • Building your network from university
  • Going from $5 million to $70 billion in 3 years at AOL
  • Funding underrepresented entrepreneurs

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