We are proud to partner with the following organizations that support our commitment to racial equity and inclusion; education; and our community at large.
Strengthening Our Commitment
to Racial Equity and Inclusion
- We will continue to educate ourselves on the issues surrounding education inequality and the wealth creation gap for people of color
- We seek partnerships with, learn from and support organizations whose focus and understanding of the Black education gap are greater than our own and whose mission it is to help close that gap
- We will continue to dedicate our time, talent and capital behind educating Black and Latinx youth on technology, business and investing and its path to jobs and wealth creation
- We will create a new Bryant Stibel future entrepreneur internship for students of color
- We pledge to meaningfully direct resources to help fund entrepreneurs and businesses of color focused on technology or tech enabled companies
Racial Equity & Inclusion Partners
We want to recognize the following organizations and institutional partners that are helping us on this journey.
The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
Bryant Stibel is proud to partner with an organization that advocates for vulnerable children across the United States. Kobe Bryant supported this organization and Bryant Stibel is currently working with SPLC leadership on the development of future strategic initiatives.
First Star partners with universities and child welfare agencies throughout the country to make a long-term investment in foster youth and change the course of their lives, from abuse and neglect to academic achievement and self-sufficiency. First Star Academies are long-term college readiness programs for high school foster youth ages 14-18 that include both four immersive residential summers on a university campus and monthly sessions during each school year.
Bryant Stibel has been partnered with First Star for several years and our partner Judy Hackett sits on the board of this organization. Bryant Stibel is currently partnering with First Star to launch the First Star National STEAM Academy which will expand First Star’s programming to include a national virtual learning platform led by technology and grounded in social justice. First Star is partnering with universities and foster organizations throughout the country in addition to receiving help from corporations and individuals who will assist in developing age-appropriate, culturally responsive content. The First Star National STEAM Academy aims to increase teenage foster youth engagement in STEAM careers with a series of interactive “Tech Talks” led by positive STEAM professionals, as well as the expansion of technology in driving learning opportunities.
The Cultural Leadership Fund (CLF) is a partnership between Andreessen Horowitz and the world’s greatest cultural leaders to advance more African Americans into technology. The basic goals of the CLF are twofold:
1) Connect the greatest cultural leaders in the world to the best new technology companies.
2) Enable more young African Americans to enter the technology industry.
To accomplish this, Andreessen Horowitz created a new fund with Limited Partners who are exclusively cultural leaders, with all of the fees and carry associated with this fund being donated to non-profit organizations that enable more African Americans to enter the technology industry.
Founded in 1852, Tufts University is a leader in higher education, distinctive for its success as a university that excels at research and providing students with a personal experience. Bryant Stibel has partnered with Tufts in a number of areas focused on propelling brain science research academically and technologically. Most notably, the team donated BrainGate Inc., and its patented BCI technologies to Tufts. The company’s foundational neural interface technology is the basis of most brain chips presently being developed for medical and commercial use.
Tufts, together with alumus Jeff Stibel and partners announced the launch of The Stibel Dennett Consortium for Cognitive and Brain Sciences in September of 2020. The Stibel Dennett Consortium represents a diverse collective of research and teaching initiatives supporting the deepening of brain and cognitive science across the university and beyond. Also created were the Stibel Family Professorship in Cognitive and Brain Sciences, and the Stibel Family Fellowship which will allow further exploration enabled by BrainGate technology. Bryant Stibel will be working with Tufts to direct resources to further research and build an inclusive program.
The Natural History Museum LA is dedicated to protecting and sharing more than 35 million specimens and artifacts, the largest natural and cultural history collection in the western United States, while encouraging communities to explore the nature and culture that surrounds us today, both in L.A. and the world. The Natural History Museum is also home to the La Brea Tar Pits, the largest collection of late Pleistocene asphaltic fossils in the world and still an active paleontological excavation site. Bryant Stibel partner Jeff Stibel sits on the Board of Trustees and Governors as a supporter and advisor.
The Bryant Stibel team is passionate about connecting individuals and businesses that can mutually benefit each other. Our partners serve in an advisory capacity to many community-focused organizations in addition to the those in which they are formal board members. Below are some of Bryant Stibel’s active and past engagements with organizations committed to creating opportunities for impact both locally and nationally.
Founded in 2017, Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) is dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services. Feeding America is AWMH’s primary partner when it comes to combating hunger and AWMH supports workforce education through the Metallica Scholars initiative. In addition, Metallica spreads philanthropic efforts by donating a portion of ticket sales in every city visited to a local charity. Bryant Stibel co-founder and managing partner Peter Delgrosso serves as an AWMH’s Executive Director and Board Member.
Since 1985 the Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) has been providing a forum where entrepreneurs and executives of start-ups, emerging growth and late stage venture funded companies actively meet and learn from fellow executives, investors, bankers, financial advisors and other providers of professional services. LAVA’s extensive slate of monthly Strategic Interest Group meetings and panel discussions feature exceptional presentations by prominent members of our investment, entrepreneurial, business and academic communities. The annual Meet the VC conference, First Look LA and the LAVA Awards Dinner are the region’s premiere forums on investment capital. LAVA also co-produces events with many of their affiliated organizations. Bryant Stibel served as LAVA’s Institutional Venture Partner, with Bryant Stibel co-founder and managing partner Peter Delgrosso serving as an active LAVA board member, from 2017 to 2021.