Bright The Mag: Meet Nashville’s Unlikely Entrepreneur
In true startup fashion, Whitney outlined his plan for The Unlikely Company in a Medium post, and then began to move. In the post he wrote, “I had a hunch, but it was deeply troubling to confirm that getting a bachelor’s degree and joining the workforce alone provides the average American almost no hope for true economic mobility. This is a real problem.…Even if you don’t plan on being an entrepreneur, knowing how to act like one might be the only way for you to achieve economic mobility in America in the 21st century.”
Whitney has a long way to go before reaching his target of 1,000 teens, but he knows his target market needs him now more than ever, and he’s ready for the company.
The Atlantic: Marcus Whitney is trying to create more “unlikely” entrepreneurs
Marcus Whitney is trying to create more “unlikely” entrepreneurs. Whitney calls investing in black enterprises “the black civil rights issue of this millennium.”
WPLN: Nashville’s ‘Discoverers:’ Tech Investor Sees Lucrative Opportunity In Making Health Care Cool
Nashville entrepreneur Marcus Whitney knows what opportunity looks like. He has helped build several successful tech companies — including Emma and Moontoast — and now he invests in other people’s startups. He talked to reporter Emily Siner during WPLN’s live series Movers & Thinkers about discovering the next big idea — and how he’s changed that discovery process over the years.
The Tennessean: Five people Nashvillians should know
On August 10, 2015, I was featured here in the Tennessean. Click here or below to read the full article. Five people Nashvillians should know
The Tennessean: Marcus Whitney’s company beats Kickstarter goal
Nashville tech entrepreneur Marcus Whitney, who is creating an initiative to support “unlikely” entrepreneurs, met his $20,000 Kickstarter goal in 12 hours to fund the project.
Entrepreneurship Saved My Life
I’ll be 40 years old in December, and as you do when this milestone approaches, I’ve been reviewing my journey and looking for themes. Maybe I’m searching for my purpose. At this point in my life, I think most people who know me professionally would associate me with entrepreneurship. I serve as President of Jumpstart Foundry,…
The Tennessean: A new era for Jumpstart Foundry
In its early days, Jumpstart Foundry was a local version of the television hit “Shark Tank”: A few teams pitched their company idea and a group of 20 experienced Nashville entrepreneurs and investors, meeting over beer and pizza at Belmont University, would choose the best concept to invest in and help build. The next month, they did it all over again.
The Tennessean: Nashville’s soccer club upset by relocation talks
Preliminary talks between Metro and the United Soccer League’s Harrisburg City Islanders about a possible relocation from Pennsylvania to Nashville have left Music City’s fan-owned soccer team feeling disrespected.
WPLN: The Next Big Thing For Nashville’s Tech Startups? One Investor Is Betting On Healthcare
Jumpstart president Marcus Whitney gives these statistics: Jumpstart has graduated 37 tech companies, and they’ve gone on to raise $25 million in total. Only seven startups were related to healthcare.
“But those seven companies, about 20 percent of our graduates, have raised more than half of the money and have had a better success rate — meaning they’ve survived more than the average Jumpstart company,” Whitney said.
The Grind 91 Fin
Fin. Today is my birthday. I’m 44 now. A year ago today, I had no idea how much The Grind would change my life, or help others navigate theirs. There is something about The Grind that resonated with people. Of course, there’s the title. Many people believe that life is nothing more than a grind.…
The Grind 90 Mind, Body and Soul
Decide to transform I figured something out this year. I don’t know that anyone was lying to me. Still, somewhere along the line, I got the idea that money was the answer to most problems, and that making money always needed to be the priority. That was the mindset I had, and it seemed to…
The Grind 89 The Resistance
The first action the hero makes is the refusal of the call. The refusal is the signal of the significant fear one must overcome to start the process of transformation. The first and most important thing we do on the way to greatness is change our minds. No one constantly hurdles through life making brave…
The Grind 88 Let It Go
I can’t play small anymore It’s time to admit that I don’t want to let go. I found a groove, and it’s comfortable. I found it here, in this newsletter to you every week. This was the place that I put down the burden of my shadows and allowed them to find sunlight. This is…
The Grind 87 Nap Time
The realm of diminishing returns I took the first week of November off from work at Jumpstart / Health:Further to focus on one last editing pass on my book before I submitted it to my publisher for their edit. That went really well, and the book is off with the editors now getting a thorough…
The Grind 86 Renewal
what it feels like to be naturally happy Today marks one year and one day since the last time I drank alcohol. I’ve talked about quitting alcohol quite a bit. As this date drew closer, I’ve been feeling like it’s something I want to stop talking about so much. But with this milestone, it’s worth…
The Grind 85 White Belt Wonderland
The disorientation of being initiated Two weeks ago, I decided to start a new journey. Something I had been mulling over for a while. I started practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Four years ago, I began practicing Hapkido and a year ago earned my first degree Black Belt. I love Hapkido and intend to continue…
The Grind 84 Jedi Training
The arbitrage of not giving a damn Last week I took some time away from my standard work schedule to work on some creative projects and reflect. While doing so, I couldn’t help but see things in the context of next year. 2020 is looking like a great year for me. I spent a ton…
The Grind 83 – Imaginary Lines
The engine of happiness My father recently turned 82 years old. He has lived an incredible life. Quite frankly, I marvel at any African American who was born in the 30s or before who is still alive and well. The shifts in society they lived through are hard for me to imagine. The progress they…
The Grind 82 What Did You Expect?
Emotions don’t care about what’s fair It’s Fall. It’s getting darker, earlier. The temperature is dropping, and the holiday season is upon us. In conversations these days, we ask questions of ourselves and others that are both reflective and forecasting. “How has the year gone?” “What are we doing for the holidays?” “Any big plans…
The Grind 81 Decisions Vs Judgments
We’re not robots; we’re humans. Last week was a great week for me, work-wise. It was a week of long days working on a big vision with great people. The week wrapped up on Friday morning, and I went to see my hairstylist Ebonee to get my hair done. While sitting in Ebonee’s chair in…