From Answering a $300 Craigslist Ad to Investing Millions in a More Equitable Future | Meet Bobak EmamianRoad To Reinvention

From Answering a $300 Craigslist Ad to Investing Millions in a More Equitable Future | Meet Bobak Emamian

“Every incredible story starts with some kind of Craigslist interaction.”

In this episode, Bobak Emamian shares how he became the co-founder of Debut Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in Black, Latinx, and indigenous founders creating influential businesses, all from answering a Craiglist ad.

With a passion to invest in a more equitable future, tune in as Bobak speaks to showing up fully for your team, his own personal leadership journey, and the lessons he learned as a founder that make him a better investor today.


  • Bobak’s journey from founder to investor
  • The challenges of growing a company from scratch
  • What tools allowed Bobak’s dorm start-up to go global?
  • Leadership versus management - showing up fully for your team
  • Why did Bobak sell his company?
  • The inspiration to invest in underrepresented founders


“One of the things we would always say is, thank you for the challenge. And it was really a mentality of gratitude towards the hard things.”

“When we go to Black tech or Afro tech, you meet legit founders who were building big businesses, but their story was they weren't being taken seriously by VCs. And then you turn around on the other side, white male founders had like a sketch on their deck, and they're getting funded no problem.”


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