It can be tough as a young woman in the entrepreneurial sector to hear any man complain about a lack of male leadership. Those gender pay gap discussions in college were directed at us, remember? It’s easy to overlook the sad reality that men of color have to strive even more for a seat at the table, not just in the corporate world, but in the startup sphere as well. We’ve spent much time covering what it’s like for female entrepreneurs and the strides the gender makes, but what about the plight of male leadership that spans multiple ethnicities? Do we know what it feels like for a guy? Especially when he doesn’t fit the cookie-cutter mold of Silicon Valley? More researchers are devoting time to the very subject, hoping to encourage American men from all ethnic backgrounds to step up for startups.


The Kapor Center For Social Impact in particular seeks to break the traditional mold of the startup scene by connecting entrepreneurs of color with young leaders. Fusion reported on the subject for the Kapor Center by including the following:


 Few of Silicon Valley’s tech companies boast truly diverse workforces, particularly at the executive level. Venture capital firms are overwhelmingly led by middle-aged white men, and most venture funding, which can make or break a startup, goes to slightly younger white men, meaning the tech world doesn’t currently get to see the diversity of startup ideas that tapping into a broader pool of innovators would bring.


What is being done to alleviate this problem?  Frank Carbajal, author of Building the Latino Future and founder of the Silicon Valley Latino Leadership Summit, hopes to connect minority leaders with each other in order to bridge the widening gap. Carbajal advocates for equal success for all male and female leaders, despite their race or ethnicity, especially in Silicon Valley.


Two of our favorite stand-out entrepreneurs paving the way for other young men include Stacy Spikes and Wayne Sutton. The two founders create opportunity by re-imagining the way business is currently done, in both the technological and entertainment spheres.


MoviePass Magic Man 

The Netflix for movies still playing in theaters, Movie Pass was co-founded by Stacy Spikes , a marketing exec who also founded the Urbanworld Film Festival, the largest and most unique of its kind. Urbanworld has premiered more #1 films than any other North American Film Festival, including Sundance and Tribeca. By experimenting with an establishment that was already around (film festivals) and making it his own, Spikes helped broaden the mindsets of businesspeople and film nerds alike.


Perfect Pitches By Sutton

Wayne Sutton founded PitchTo to help in order to help entrepreneurs perfect their pitches. Both investors and young startups benefit by using PitchTo, providing for more seamless deals altogether. No stranger to the tech world, Sutton has advised numerous startups, including Tioki, Gokit, and StockofU.



What do you think can be done to encourage other young men from all ethnic backgrounds to jump into the startup world? We’d love to hear what you think! Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @Kelseymbro