Why Any Company Truly Committed to DEI & Equality Should Never Have A White CEO (Part 1)
AKA Why My Former Startup No Longer Exists
I’ve skirted around the margins and edges of this and said it out loud to a few people and now it’s time to set it in
A company truly and deeply committed to DEI, anti-racism and equality of all kinds cannot be this or do this under the stewardship of a white person at the very top.
I say this from recent lived experience of co-founding a company with a white woman, which had significant potential…but which, two years later, is no longer in existence.
Omnis Education, my former startup, had huge potential…
This was an EdTech company that we raised half a million dollars of pre-seed funding for in record time (about 8 weeks).
This was a company that had scaled from 2 to 30 people within the space of 3 months (then settled back down to a more manageable 15).
This was a company that had a number of large ($10m+) potential clients/projects in the pipeline who wanted to use the EdTech platform we were building for exciting, game-changing use cases (from educational entertainment to climate change).
This was a company that we took to a satellite event at the World Economic Forum and received yet more positive responses.
This was a company that we’d figured out a compelling, and engaging answer to the question:
If you could start from scratch with a blank canvas and design a curriculum and model of education that better prepares kids for the world today, what would you do?
This was a company that was going places. But now?
It no longer exists after the CEO called a shareholder meeting requesting the dissolution of the company a month ago.
How on earth did it get to this stage? If you’ve read the reason I resigned from this startup back in June, this carries on the saga because it clearly didn’t end there!