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About John

Entrepreneur, Co-CEO, Loop, Investor, Co-Founder and Former Partner, Harlem Capital, Former Host, VICE TV’s ‘Hustle,’ Forbes 30 Under 30

John Henry is a Dominican-American entrepreneur and investor. Henry has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30, Inc 30 Under 30, Adweek Creative 100, The Root 100, and Ebony Power 100 lists.

Born and raised in New York City, John’s path was a little different. He dropped out of college at 18, where he picked up a job as a doorman. He went on to start and sell his first business by 21. Henry later cofounded the Venture Capital firm Harlem Capital, raising $40M and making 20 investments in Women and Minority entrepreneurs before stepping down in 2020.

Henry is also passionate about Media. Henry hosted the TV show ‘Hustle’ on VICELAND, Executive Produced by Alicia Keys and Marcus Samuelsson; and produced and hosted branded podcasts for brands like The Washington Post, Gimlet Media, WeWork, eBay, and Samsung.

Today Henry is the Cofounder and Co-CEO of Loop, an insurance technology company that leverages AI and data to create more fairly priced auto insurance products for all.

John in Action

“Our students, supervisors, and colleagues are still raving about John. I have heard nothing but great things about him, and he was so kind to meet with almost all my students. Definitely made the impact we were looking for. Thank you for recommending him.”

Rutgers University

“John was incredible! My expectations were already high going into this today and somehow he exceeded them! The clients and attendees gave me an overwhelming amount of positive feedback. Everyone hung on each word he said. Also, he’s just a cool dude and great to work with. Thanks for making it happen!”

“We would like to fully extend our gratitude and appreciate your contributions as a speaker. Your amazing entrepreneurial journey, candid conversation, and the invaluable insights shared during your session served to inspire legions of entrepreneurs to pursue their business ventures with passion, tenacity and excellence. Judging from the continues flow of phone calls, emails, texts and social media from attendees, your appearance will change countless lives. Once again, thank you for your role in making the event a smash success.”
Black Enterprise
Speech Topics

From Doorman to CEO: The Inspirational Journey of John Henry

In this speech, John Henry will share his personal story of how he went from working as a doorman to becoming a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient. He will discuss the challenges he faced and the lessons he learned along the way. He will also talk about how his experience as a doorman helped him to develop the skills and mindset that would eventually lead to his success, and the key insights he has gained about entrepreneurship, leadership, and perseverance. Throughout the speech, John will provide practical advice and inspiration for anyone looking to start their own business, pursue their own entrepreneurial dreams, and overcome adversity. The speech will be an inspiring and informative talk that will leave the audience with a greater appreciation of John’s journey.

The Future is Inclusive: Harnessing the Power of Diversity in Venture Capital

In this thought-provoking and enlightening talk, John Henry explores the business case for investing in women and minorities. He will share his insights on the benefits of diversity in venture capital, including increased innovation, better decision-making, and improved financial performance. He will also discuss the challenges faced by underrepresented groups in the industry and provide practical solutions for creating a more inclusive ecosystem. Whether you’re a seasoned investor, an entrepreneur, or just interested in the future of venture capital, this is a speech for anyone looking to build a more equitable and profitable future. John explains why investing in diversity is good business, not just good PR.

Cracking the Code: Insider Secrets to Startup Success from a Serial Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist

In this dynamic and informative talk, John Henry shares his hard-earned wisdom on the common startup issues faced by startup founders and small business owners. Drawing from his experience as both a founder who has raised millions and a partner of a venture capital firm, he offers a unique perspective on the challenges of starting and scaling a business. From fundraising to team building to navigating the ever-changing startup landscape, John shares insider secrets and practical strategies for success. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to take your business to the next level, this is a must-see talk. Get ready to crack the code and turn your startup dreams into reality!