Dixon will continue to use his experience as a young African-American entrepreneur to help identify untapped talent for investment
(Oakland, CA) – Venture capital firm Kapor Capital has named Brian Dixon as its newest Partner. Dixon was formerly Principal at Kapor Capital where he led deals from seed to Series A and managed the firm’s investment portfolio. At 32 years-old, Dixon will be the youngest Partner at Kapor Capital.
“We are thrilled to welcome Brian as Partner,” said Mitchell Kapor, Founder and Partner of the firm. “Brian has been critical to helping Kapor Capital invest in seed-stage tech startups that generate both economic returns and positive social impact. His leadership and vision in this new role will ensure that Kapor Capital is able to reach our investment goals in the years ahead.”
Dixon has been a member of the Kapor Capital team since 2011, where he first served as an MBA intern. A tech entrepreneur himself, Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science from Northeastern University and an MBA from F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. He has been selected as a Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) Fellow, Babson Fellow, and Springworks Scholar. In 2014, Dixon was named one of the “46 Most important African-Americans In Technology” and in 2015, Dixon was named one of the “40 Under 40” Top Diverse Talents in Silicon Valley.
“Kapor Capital has played a pivotal role in defining what it means to be an impact-focused venture capital firm,” Dixon said. “Over the past four years, I have been fortunate to learn the ropes of tech investment from great colleagues and mentors. I am thrilled to take on this new role and look forward to diversifying tech and helping more companies reach their goals.”
“Brian is the perfect addition to our Kapor Capital partners’ table,” said Freada Kapor Klein, Partner at Kapor Capital. “He possesses keen insight about startup investment strategy that is enhanced by his experience as an entrepreneur of color. Brian will be a critical part of implementing our pledge to diversify tech.”
“Brian is an immeasurable asset to the Kapor Capital team,” stated Benjamin Todd Jealous, Partner at Kapor Capital and former NAACP President and CEO. “Brian’s new role is not only good for our team, it is good for Silicon Valley where there is a dearth of senior investors from underrepresented communities.”
A recent survey revealed that only 1% of senior investment teams at venture capital firms are African American. With the addition of Dixon, 50% of the Kapor Capital senior investment team will be African American.
Based in Oakland, California, Kapor Capital invests in seed stage tech startups that generate economic returns and positive social impact. We believe diversity in tech is a strategic priority to the industry.