Former NAACP President Moves to Venture Capital

Ben Jealous is joining a venture capital investment firm in hopes to further grow opportunities for Blacks and Latinos in technology.

Posted: 03/04/2014 09:38 AM EST
Ben Jealous

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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