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Former NAACP President Moves to Venture Capital

Former NAACP President Moves to Venture Capital

Former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous is changing his career from an East Coast political activist to a West Coast venture capitalist, a switch he hopes will help further his goal of growing opportunities for Blacks and Latinos in the booming tech economy.

Published March 4, 2014

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous is changing his career from an East Coast political activist to a West Coast venture capitalist.

He says he hopes the new position will further his goal of engaging more blacks and Latinos in the booming tech economy.

Jealous told The Associated Press before Tuesday's announcement that his life's mission has been leveling the playing field and closing gaps in opportunity and success.

The Northern California native and self-confessed computer geek will be joining entrepreneurs Mitchell Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein at their venture capital investment firm that backs information technology startups committed to making a positive social impact.


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(Photo: Patrick Semansky/AP Photo, File)

Written by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer

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