It’s no question that Malcolm Jenkins has continuously been on the frontline in support of Black and brown entrepreneurs. Spearheading change through Broad Street Ventures, the first Black athlete-led venture capital fund, the two-time Super Bowl champion has been on go-mode since its launch. As previously reported by AfroTech, the $10 million investment fund further created space for Black and brown women after bringing India Robinson and Sara “Lovestyle” Hood on board as investors. Now, less than four months later, Jenkins is onto his next impactful venture under Malcolm Inc. — his holding company.
Jun 20, 2022
From the beginning of Broad Street Ventures’ (BSV) inception in 2020, Malcolm Jenkins has been dedicated to creating a space for Black and brown women in the venture capital (VC) industry. Among the goals for BSV — a $10 million investment vehicle funded entirely by Black and brown investors including a small group of fellow NFL players — is prioritizing backing the underrepresented group. Jenkins has continuously watched their relentless work that moves mountains across sectors alongside BSV’s Co-founder and General Partner Ralonda Johnson. Jenkins credits Johnson as the disruptor and mastermind behind the success the first-of-its-kind fund’s investment portfolio — which includes Airbnb, Epic Games, Dapper Labs, Turo, and more — has seen in less than two years. “I’ve always been one to bet on women and put women in spots of positions of leadership,” Jenkins told AfroTech in an interview. “Ralonda Johnson has been a lifelong, good friend of mine, who’s the one kind of pulling the...
Feb 24, 2022
The rise of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the metaverse are some of the biggest tech phenomenons of the year, and quite arguably some of the most notable innovations since the internet hit society. People may still be coming to terms with what NFTs are, but put more simply, NFTS are blockchain-backed certificates that guarantee the authenticity of a piece of digital media. Look what Jack Dorsey did with his first tweet, which sold as an NFT for $2.9 million. But NFT ownership doesn’t just belong to the big spenders — learn how to mint your first NFT in this recent story Afrotech published. Some experts have also expressed skepticism about the rise and sustainability of NFTs, but for now, they seem promising. As the year winds down and the NFT craze continues to consume the tech industry, check out these NFT collections and projects we’ve been watching.
Dec 13, 2021
While non-fungible tokens (NFTs) bring historical moments to life in the digital space, NFL star Malcolm Jenkins is taking a step further into the future by creating opportunities toward generational wealth with his debut collection. On Nov. 18, the New Orleans Saints safety will release his NFT collection, “A Minted Legacy.” The three exclusive 1-of-1 NFTs are of pivotal moments in his 13-year NFL career, in which partial proceeds of one of the tokens will help in closing the racial wealth gap by creating more opportunities for Black and brown communities, according to a press release provided exclusively to AfroTech. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Malcolm Jenkins (@malcolmjenkins) The release of “A Minted Legacy” is ahead of the NFL showdown between the Saints and Philadelphia Eagles (Jenkins’ former team) on Nov. 21. The three NFTs represent personal significant moments for him during his time on the field. Jenkins pays homage to Philly with his first NFT titled...
Nov 17, 2021