I’m Kathryn Finney and I’m the Managing General Partner of Genius Guild, a $20 million dollar venture fund & studio that invests in Black entrepreneurs building scalable businesses that serve Black communities and beyond.
Before Genius Guild, I was the founder and CEO of digitalundivided, a groundbreaking social enterprise focused on creating a world where women own their work. Our pioneering research, “#ProjectDiane”, drew widespread buzz for disrupting the dialogue around women of color and tech entrepreneurship in the US.
I founded and led The Budget Fashionista, the pioneering lifestyle media company that led me to become a style correspondent on the TODAY Show, Fox and CNN, as well as a published author. It also was the reason for my first successful startup exit!
I’m a Yale-trained Epidemiologist and the author of the upcoming bestseller "Build the Damn Thing: How to Build a Successful Company When You're Not a Rich White Guy". The book just launched last week and the reviews have been astounding. It’s the business book that I wish I had as a young woman starting my founder journey.
I’ve been awarded and received numerous features including the Echoing Green fellowship, Eisenhower Fellowship, Entrepreneurs Magazine’s “Woman to Watch”, Grace Hopper ABIE award, Marie Claire’s 10 Women to Watch, Ebony Power 100, Black Enterprise “40 under 40” list, and more.
Ask me anything about venture capital, entrepreneurship, being a board member, starting a business, or anything else!