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AB Studios, a community innovation and resource hub, to open in Durham’s Walltown

WRAL: In the heart of Durham’s historically African-American Walltown neighborhood just north of Duke University’s East Campus, a non-descript, white-painted brick building with a rich and varied history will soon be the city’s newest entrepreneurship and innovation hub—AB Studios.

Raleigh Partnership Shows the Potential of Investing in Black-Led Institutions

NEXT CITY: Raleigh’s economy is growing, and it’s growing fast. In 2016, Raleigh and its surrounding Wake County counted 30 new and 50 expanding companies, adding 4,362 jobs and $291 million in investment. Another 807 new jobs materialized in October-November 2017 alone. Forbes named Raleigh the number two best place for businesses and careers in 2017.

How a start-up hub made good on diversity goals

USA TODAY: DURHAM, N.C. — The American Underground, a campus for entrepreneurs here, established a bold goal at the start of 2015: To build the most diverse start-up hub in the country inside of two years.

Banking on the Unbankable — Harvard Presentation [Recap]


MEDIUM: Earlier this year, Awamary Khan and I were honored to present to The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University on the formation of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center (launched early 2017). Special thank you to our host, Sage Salvo (Gil Perkins).

Google backs 3-city program for black, Latino techies

USA TODAY: SAN FRANCISCO — The growing effort to get more African Americans and Hispanics to join tech companies or start their own is hitting the road, pushing beyond Silicon Valley into the rest of the nation.

Black Wall Street Homecoming is Back With National Speakers, Active VCs & Plenty of Fun



VCs, startup founders and philanthropists nationwide are in Durham this week for the festival's third iteration. Black Wall Street Homecoming began as a way to engage North Carolina Central University alums and students around Durham’s entrepreneurial heritage prior to their annual celebration on campus.

HBO giving Durham a peek at series chronicling the rise of hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre


The rapper turned business mogul is both synonymous with West Coast hip-hop, helping create the sound of an entire region in the 1990s, and the billion-dollar business Beats Electronics, whose signature headphones bare his name.

Point AB Newsletter 1/2017

MEDIUM: We are entering 2017 with a BANG! Last year was filled with relentless hustle, lots of late nights/early mornings, brilliant new friends from all over the world, and an opportunity to shake hands with the POTUS! Going into 2017, we will, again, double-down on the hustle and continue to sow our seeds. Expect growth across the team in 2017, we will be hiring!

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