H360 Capital http://h360capital.com Build, Invest, & Innovate Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:20:57 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 The Center for Entreprenuership & Economic Development at Rutgers-Newark and H360 Capital Announce Partnership at White House Urban Entreprenuership Summit http://h360capital.com/archives/331 http://h360capital.com/archives/331#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2011 14:15:46 +0000 Benjamin Evans http://h360capital.com/?p=331 THE CENTER FOR ENTREPRENUERSHIP & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AT RUTGERS-NEWARK, AND H360 CAPITAL ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO BRING ‘BIG IDEAS INITIATIVE’ TO NEWARK, NEW JERSEY AT THE WHITE HOUSE, RUTGERS ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT

H360 Capital is a minority-run early stage venture capital firm, with a particular focus on business development activities of ‘market disrupting’ technology companies. The agreement will bring 20 new technology firms to Newark by 2012

Newark, NJ – June 6, 2011 – The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) at Rutgers University – Newark is partnering with Mr. Hezekiah Griggs III and H360 Capital to bring technology through its ‘Big Ideas Initiative: B2i’ to Newark, NJ. This is a revolutionary step that will have transformative impact on the economy of New Jersey’s largest city. H360 Capital is an early-stage technology venture capital firm. “We are working with H360 Capital to help bring many of the firms’ future and current portfolio companies to the City of Newark, NJ” said Dr. dt ogilvie, Founding Director of CUEED. “We hope that our efforts moving forward will allow for H360 Capital to find Newark as a viable option to base its operations and general investment activities.”

H360 Capital also announced today, that it will be moving its headquarters to a New York/New Jersey City upon an agreement to be publicized in a subsequent release. H360 Capital’s current activity in Charlotte, NC, which served as its previous base, will be transformed into a regional hub.

“We are positive that this is the right step in providing the greatest value for technology entrepreneurs we fund,” said Hezekiah Griggs III, Managing Partner of H360 Capital. “When I formed the thesis for H360 Capital, I wanted the firm to be able to impact a city like Newark, by creating a private-public partnership where all parties are invested in the creation of innovation as a solution to broad community-related economic concerns. Today’s announcement establishes that we will have a very large footprint in Newark, as we intend to evangelize the vision that all parties have for Newark being an important hub for technology firms in the next 10 years. We are grateful to CUEED Director Dr. dt ogilvie for her efforts.”

“As an early-stage technology VC, a key component of our activity with ‘B2i’ will be to invest in ‘market-disrupting’ technology ideas, and provide the business development necessary to expand those ideas or companies, into international brands,” said Mr. Griggs. “As a part of our commitment, we will help to bring technology, jobs, and opportunities to a City that will benefit greatly from attracting emergent technology companies to its City. This is a great day for H360 Capital, CUEED, and certainly the City of Newark.”

The initiative, dubbed B2i, will invest up to $50,000 in 20 technology start-ups, with CUEED providing resources and support to the entrepreneurs that receive investment.

Dr. Jerome Williams, Prudential Chair and Research Director of CUEED said, “This is a great day for CUEED’s ongoing economic development activities. We are exploring a “technology park” joint venture with H360, “gown/technology” partnership, if you will, which then could become a magnet for other firms.” Williams added, “H360 Capital’s investment activities will spur the right kind of entrepreneurial technology-revival that CUEED has been looking to identify and bring to the City for some time. With today’s announcement, H360 Capital greatly advances CUEED’s mission to add technology jobs, entrepreneurs, and companies to the footprint of our city.”

Brian Peters, a partner at H360 Capital who leads B2i’s investment team said “We are excited about our new relationship with Newark, and I am particularly elated about our newly formed partnership with CUEED.” Peters added, “The opportunities that this provides for the City of Newark, technology entrepreneurs, and CUEED, and our firm our endless, and I await the many milestones we will see as a result of this partnership.”

CUEED Director and Rutgers Newark Business School Professor Dr. dt ogilvie said “H360 Capital’s commitment to Newark provides technology jobs and opportunities to technology entrepreneurs that CUEED has been extremely active in working to make happen.” Dr. ogilvie continued, “CUEED’s partnership with ‘B2i’ will help to fulfill our mission to providing greater opportunities to entrepreneurs currently in our City and those migrating to our City in the future. I want to thank Hezekiah Griggs III and the Partners at H360 Capital for bringing national attention to Newark’s commitment to technology & entrepreneurship.”

About CUEED

The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) is the first center of its kind in the nation to integrate scholarly works with private capital, government, and non-profit sectors to develop citywide resources and bring renewed economic growth and vitality through urban entrepreneurship. CUEED promotes and fosters a new generation of urban entrepreneurs who actively seek socially conscious urban renaissance. CUEED is based at Rutgers University, The State University of New Jersey.

Contact:

The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development
Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick
One Washington Park, 10th floor
Newark, NJ 07102

Phone: 973-353-5987
Fax: 973-353-5427
Website: business.rutgers.edu/cueed

About H360 Capital

H360 Capital is an angel venture capital firm based in NJ/NY area, with regional hubs in Charlotte, NC and Austin, TX. The firm invests in early-stage start-ups with market-disrupting ideas. Innovation is considered key to H360’s investments, as they are typically new ideas that either change a market, or creates one. Learn more about H360 Capital online at: H360Capital.com

Contact:

Press/Media Relations
H360 Capital
NJ/NY: 201-815-H360
Charlotte: 704-389-0360
info@h360capital.com

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H360 Capital continues to bolster Venture Capital leadership team with the addition of Sirena Moore, and Renee Russell http://h360capital.com/archives/327 http://h360capital.com/archives/327#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2011 15:15:27 +0000 admin http://h360capital.com/?p=327

Early-stage Venture Firm H360 Capital continues its expansion today, bringing on Entrepreneur Sirena Moore and Strategy Professional Renee Russell as associate partners.

Charlotte, N.C. – April 25, 2011 – H360 Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm announced today that Sirena Moore and Renee Russell will join the firm as Associate Partners effectively immediately. Moore will provide entrepreneurial insights and executive experience to the team, while Russell’s diverse professional experiences and networks will help drive H360′s strategic partnerships and investment activities.

“Today, H360’s leadership team got much stronger,” said H360 Managing Partner Hezekiah Griggs III. “Sirena and Renee are exceptional thought-leaders, and we can’t be more excited as a firm to have them as a part of our team. The myriad of achievements they’ve had individually will make us collectively stronger as a firm, and provide even greater value to our investment activities moving forward.”

Moore entered the corporate world at the age of 17 by working for industry leaders such as Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Advest and Palm, Inc. with an objective to obtain the skills necessary to fulfill her dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

At 21, she launched Elohim Cleaning Contractors, Inc., a full-service construction cleaning firm that provides wide range of services to general contractors and construction management firms. Now a multi-million dollar company, her business consistently ranks among the top minority-owned businesses in the country.

Moore serves as one of the youngest Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Small Business Board members, and was named 2010 Small Business Person of the Year. Now 28, she has graced the cover of Black Enterprise Magazine, and works as a tireless advocate for young female entrepreneurs.

“Mr. Griggs and the Partners’ vision for H360 Capital is one that I am very much aligned to,” said Moore. “My experiences as an entrepreneur give me a first-hand perspective on the resources available, and why in particular H360 Capital is needed. I look forward to the success we will have, together, at H360 Capital.”

“We are excited about the addition of Sirena Moore to our team,” said H360 Capital Partner Fenorris Pearson. “She is an inspiring role model for entrepreneurs, and her contributions to our team will be immeasurable.”

Renee Russell’s relevant professional experiences can be attributed to her days at Goldman Sachs supporting IPO transactions of consumer e-tailing companies. She worked at Time Warner, as a business development analyst, advancing to corporate strategy associate where she evaluated internet start-ups for potential investments. Russell’s most recent role was Business Affairs Manager with Burford Group Limited, a start-up hedge-fund that focuses on US Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration.

A Wharton Graduate, Russell earned a degree in both Entrepreneurial Management and Finance. A former Assistant District Attorney, Russell has a law degree from Howard University School of Law and was admitted to the bar in both New York and New Jersey.

“H360 Capital is a wonderful opportunity for me to use my full repertoire of talents, connections, and leadership experience,” said Russell. “The team at H360 Capital is quite impressive, and I’m looking forward to actively being involved as we continue to develop as a firm.”

“Renee is a great addition to our team,” said H360 Capital Partner Brian Peters. “She will be a central piece in our ongoing fundraising, and deal flow activities.”

The additions of Sirena Moore and Renee Russell are among the latest moves by the venture capital firm. In the past three weeks since Hezekiah Griggs III announced the firm, H360 Capital has added Serial Entrepreneur Brian Peters, former VP of Motorola and Dell Fenorris Pearson, and former Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Microsoft executive Corey Rosemond as Partners. NFL-player turned Corporate Lawyer Bob Brown was also introduced as Partner and General Counsel.

About H360 Capital

H360 Capital is an angel venture capital firm based in Charlotte, NC. The firm invests in early-stage start-ups with market-disrupting ideas. Innovation is considered key to H360’s investments, as they are typically new ideas that either change a market, or creates one.

Contact:

Press/Media Relations
H360 Capital
704-389-0360
info@h360capital.com

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The H360 Fellowship | April 22, 2011 http://h360capital.com/archives/321 http://h360capital.com/archives/321#comments Fri, 22 Apr 2011 14:58:19 +0000 Hezekiah Griggs III http://h360capital.com/?p=321 The H360 Fellowship
Hezekiah Griggs III | Managing Partner, H360 Capital
April 22, 2011

Over the last two weeks, H360 Capital has made a major impact on Venture Capital activity.

In fact, we have been so busy that I have been unable to write posts on the activities of the firm (too much to write, and not enough time to write it). However, I wanted to make sure that I wrote a specific note about the opportunity offered by the H360 Fellowship.

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The Must:

1. You must be enrolled in College. (either undergrad or grad) If not enrolled, you must explain why you should be considered in great detail for this opportunity.

2. Your major or concentration must be Finance, Business, Politics, or Law.

3. You must have a GPA of at least a 3.3, or the ability to demonstrate strong leadership skills through active involvement in community organizations.

The Important:

1. Demonstrate a desire to be involved in Venture Capitalism.

2. Be readily prepared to be challenged, in a high stakes situations.

3. Be able to commit time and energy to the fellowship.

4. Lead, and provide ‘thought-leadership’ to diverse leadership teams.

5. Understand, and have full awareness of your skillsets, and why they are valuable to H360 Capital.

Supplemental Information:

The opportunity to work with the Partners at H360 Capital and learn from their experiences is significant for young emerging leaders in business. All applicants should be aware of the significance of the opportunity before applying, and recognze that we have limited slots available. We expected to review apps from the best of the best, and we will expect those that apply for the fellowship to demonstrate a full breath of understanding.

Location and Requirements:

1. Applicants are expected to Submit a Resume and Cover Letter to fellows [at] h360capital.com.

2. Participation in the fellowship does not require you be physically located in the areas the firm is expected to do business. They may reside anywhere in the US.

3. Fellows will be assigned work that is commensurate to the skill sets they showcase upon applying. Some fellows will be granted the opportunity to work in-house with myself and the rest of the partners. In this case, applicants must be aware that they are likely (if accepted) to be requested to travel with partners, do due diligence on firms across the country, and may be asked to live in the area of the firm’s operation.

4. The commitment will last from acceptance to the end of the summer. At the conclusion, a fellow will be asked to stay throughout the year, to further participate in the firm’s activities.

The Value Proposition:

As with any opportunity, I am looking for the best of the best – and once I, and the Partners recognize the best in the fellowship, we will be offering a full-time position at the firm for the fellow who demonstrates the greatest potential during the fellowship.

And, btw…acceptance is on a first-come, first-serve basis! Good Luck!

If you have any questions, you can contact me by clicking on the links below:

My handle on twitter: @HezekiahGriggs

- HG3

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Corey Rosemond Joins H360 Capital as Partner http://h360capital.com/archives/316 http://h360capital.com/archives/316#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2011 14:53:34 +0000 admin http://h360capital.com/?p=316

The Gaming industry visionary, formerly of Dell, HP, Microsoft and current Professor at The Guildhall atSMU, brings his Consumer and Gaming Expertise to H360 Capital’s Technology Entrepreneurs

Charlotte, N.C. – April 19, 2011 – H360 Capital, an angel venture capital fund today announced that Corey Rosemond will join the firm as Partner effective immediately and lead H360 Capital’s Consumer Investment activities where he will provide his unique insight and expertise to entrepreneurs.

“We are very fortunate to have Corey Rosemond join our team. He is an exceptional individual with a great reputation in the consumer and gaming communities,” said H360 Managing Partner Hezekiah Griggs III. “His success at HP and Microsoft in particular provides unique insight to our portfolio entrepreneurs, and I look forward to his full engagement in our future interest as a firm.”

Corey Rosemond has been in the gaming industry since 1997 where he has worked on a number of successful products in the hardware and software space on a variety of platforms. He has managed and advised a number of deals and evaluated a number of start-up and established partner companies resulting in significant growth within both gaming and other forms of online consumer media.

“I’m excited about this opportunity, and honored to be a part of the H360 Team,” said Rosemond. “As a graduate of the Founder’s Institute, I recognize the importance of a firm like H360 in the venture capital space. I hope to bring a lot of my experiences, thoughts, and expertise to the H360 team as we began to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams.”

“Having had a previous relationship with Corey, and knowing his business acumen, I am confident that he will be a major asset to H360,” said H360 Capital Partner Brian Peters. “He knows his stuff, and with the value he brings in the gaming and mobile world – we would be hard-pressed to find a better fit for our team.”

Currently Corey Rosemond is a professor at The Guildhall at SMU, one of America’s leading programs for Video Game Development and Production as well as an independent publisher and business development executive representing a number of small, innovative companies in the gaming space.

About H360 Capital

H360 Capital is an angel venture capital firm based in Charlotte, NC. The firm invests in early-stage start-ups with market-disrupting ideas. Innovation is considered key to H360’s investments, as they are typically new ideas that either change a market, or creates one.

Contact:

Press/Media Relations
H360 Capital
704-389-0360
info@h360capital.com

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Managing H360 | April 11th, 2011 http://h360capital.com/archives/306 http://h360capital.com/archives/306#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2011 15:50:37 +0000 Hezekiah Griggs III http://h360capital.com/?p=306 Managing H360
Hezekiah Griggs III | Managing Partner, H360 Capital
April 11, 2011

When you are busy, it’s incredibly hard to blog!

The last few days have been a killer, and I’m about to embark on a long journey, so my blogs will become a less consistent.

On Thursday, I had 11 meetings (8 of them conference calls) and I actually had a moment for the first time in a few days to go play basketball!

Friday, I had two early-morning phone calls. I had a brief partner meeting, and then I traveled to White Plains NY, to meet with a mentee of mine. We went to breakfast, and walked around the mall (I don’t get it…but hey!) I had two conference calls in between. Then I traveled over to White Plains High School, where I spoke with a few young people about business, and the hard work required to be successful. That lasted until about 5pm.

I said goodbye to my mentee, and began a two hour journey to the Nets/Knicks game. I have a friend who is a senior executive of a fortune 50 company, and he and I arranged a meet and greet with some power-brokers, myself and Bob Brown (one of our new partners). We watched the Nets get blown out from the corporate suite, but fortunately, both Bob and I were deputized (honorary) by the Essex County Sheriff in the process.

Got home at around 11pm that evening.

Saturday – I woke up early, had a ton of emails to respond to, sent out some follow-up emails with the people I networked with, scheduled some important meetings for this week, and began to prepare for the upcoming schedule I have. I played basketball as well.

Sunday – Had an early-morning conference call. Then travelled to NYC for a few meetings. Met with two potential Associates (hires), and went with a mentee and his mother to a college fair, at Jacob Javitz Center. Had a few conversations throughout the day.

I travel to NYC by train, so on my return trip home I noticed that there was some young people sitting on the floor in Penn Station (this is unacceptable as I have seen what people do in Penn Station!) walked over to them, began to converse, and introduced myself. Subsequently they received my information, and now have the responsibility of charging me in some way with being a resource to them. I specifically mention this, because opportunities are so rare, you must always be prepared to unexpectedly have one!

This week, I may announce  some additional partners that I have brought on board. So look out for that!

My handle on twitter: @HezekiahGriggs

- HG3

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Managing H360 | April 6th, 2011 http://h360capital.com/archives/304 http://h360capital.com/archives/304#comments Thu, 07 Apr 2011 01:57:10 +0000 Hezekiah Griggs III http://h360capital.com/?p=304 Managing H360
Hezekiah Griggs III | Managing Partner, H360 Capital
April 6, 2011

Everyday seems to add more value to my life, than the day before.

I am big on service, and a part of my responsibility (I feel) is to be of service to those looking to make a difference in their life, and the lives of others. So, fortunately, I was able to help three entrepreneurs with their businesses today. Helped them structure their business, prepare it to be scaled, and identify the immediate needs that their businesses currently face. I hope that my advice, will cause appropriate action steps to be followed, and I certainly hope that those action steps will change the lives of others in a positive way.

Yesterdays big announcement, was a major first step in crafting H360′s position in young entrepreneurs lives. I recieved quite a few emails, and in receiving them, I appreciated the fact that entrepreneurs took the leap of faith necessary for their business to move to the next level.

For the record, I read all of my emails personally. So do the partners listed online. You can shoot me an email at: hgriggs [at] h360capital.com

My handle on twitter: @HezekiahGriggs

Although sometimes it may take a few days to respond, I do respond! So feel free…

Stay tuned to the blog, as we have resourceful information planned for you, as you continue to pursue your entrepreneurial dreams!

- HG3

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Managing H360 | April 5th, 2011 http://h360capital.com/archives/299 http://h360capital.com/archives/299#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2011 15:34:10 +0000 Hezekiah Griggs III http://h360capital.com/?p=299 Managing H360
Hezekiah Griggs III | Managing Partner, H360 Capital
April 5, 2011

More big news from H360 Capital was announced today.

Today we released a big announcement, about our new ‘Big Ideas Initiative.’ It’s important step for our firm, as we continue to build relationships with entrepreneurs who have great ideas – as early as possible. We see the entrepreneurs that we invest in, via ‘B2i’, as potential strategic long-term partners. Big Ideas deserve recognition from the “jump” (excuse the colloquialism), and that’s what we intend on doing via ‘B2i’ and future initiatives by our firm.

As a VC, we have two primary responsibilities; 1, raise money, and 2, find deals worth investing money in. And we have been fortunate enough to make major strides in both areas. I’m excited about the future announcements we have planned in both areas.

What’s on my agenda for today?

1. Meeting with Partner Brian Peters on Reports on ‘B2i’
2. Team Meeting
3.  Interviewing potential partners, ap’s, and fellows
4. Three conference calls
5. Meeting about possible deal flow with a friend of mine.
6. Analyzing other activities of the firm etc.
7. Top Secret work

I should also mention, that I serve on the board of a few companies, and I run a start-up called ADjute. Not to mention the extensive non-profit work, and speaking that I do. So to get a better picture of my full schedule….H360  is about 1/4 of my daily schedule (OMG!) lol.

- HG3

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H360 Capital launches innovative ‘Big Ideas Initiative’ http://h360capital.com/archives/294 http://h360capital.com/archives/294#comments Tue, 05 Apr 2011 14:26:49 +0000 admin http://h360capital.com/?p=294

The initiative, dubbed B2i, will focus on developing ‘Big Ideas’ by entrepreneurs looking to disrupt the tech space

Charlotte, N.C. – April 5, 2011 – H360 Capital today announced the launch of the ‘Big Idea Initiative.’ This is the latest announcement by H360 Capital, and its ongoing efforts to invest in tech entrepreneurs and ideas that have the potential to disrupt markets.

The new initiative, dubbed B2i, will invest up to $50,000 in 20 technology start-ups. “As a society, we haven’t begun the scratch the surface of innovation in technology” said H360 Managing Partner Hezekiah Griggs III. “In the past five years, we’ve seen the greatest growth of technology advancements in human history, and the future of technology promises even more. B2i positions H360 to successfully be a part of the promising future of technology advancements in the world.”

H360 Capital’s ‘Big Ideas Initiative’ is designed to bolster the firm’s investments in early-stage ventures, and to further the potential portfolio companies’ creatively tackle scientific and technical ideas. Additionally, H360 will draw upon the partners’ vast experience, and network of ‘thought-leaders’ to offer mentorship, business development expertise, operational support, and executive training exercises for funded entrepreneurs.

Brian Peters, a partner at H360 Capital will lead B2i’s investment team. “We’ve been making exciting announcements the past few days, but I have to say I’ve been the most excited about the potential B2i has for our firm,” said Peters. “The opportunity to have a more active role in these early-stage companies is what I believe Mr. Griggs has successfully identified as a part of the core structure of our firm’s responsibility.”

“This is a very important step in H360’s long-term interest in making an impact on the technology we use in our lives,” said H360 Partner and General Counsel Braynard Brown. “Companies like Facebook, and Bloom Energy provide a great analogous for the type of online innovation our lives have adapted – with relative ease over the past few years; and we believe that they are the beginning of what’s to come.”

“B2i’s mission will be fully realized when the ideas (and vision) of the entrepreneurs we invest in, become prolific in the lives of users and consumers,” said H360 Partner Fenorris Pearson. “The chain reaction caused by initiatives for entrepreneurs, acts as a catalyst for greater opportunities for the communities they impact – we created B2i in that same spirit.”

B2i will not be limited to investing in developed innovations. Applications will be provided on H360 Capital’s website, H360Capital.com, following a subsequent release announcing the criteria for B2i. H360 Capital is already accepting business plans and investment inquiries at ideas@h360capital.com

If you would like a partner, or member of H360 Capital’s leadership team to come to your high school, college, or club, please send an email with your name, location, and school or club to info@h360capital.com.

About H360 Capital
H360 Capital is an angel venture capital firm based in Charlotte, NC. The firm invests in early-stage start-ups with market-disrupting ideas. Innovation is considered key to H360’s investments, as they are typically new ideas that either change a market, or creates one.

Contact:
Press/Media Relations
H360 Capital
704-389-0360
info@h360capital.com

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Managing H360 | April 4th, 2011 http://h360capital.com/archives/285 http://h360capital.com/archives/285#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 15:54:04 +0000 Hezekiah Griggs III http://h360capital.com/?p=285 Managing H360
Hezekiah Griggs III | Managing Partner, H360 Capital
April 4, 2011

Last week was tough.

I had early mornings, conference calls, strategy sessions, team meetings, a few arguments, and an occasional bright idea. Brian Peters and I, talked to each other more in the last week, than I think we’ve talked in the entire six years we’ve known each other.

But that’s the beauty of business, tough weeks = happy years.

I’d like to say, that what we are doing at H360 is the first of its kind – but I’d be wrong. I’m sure that we are not the first to unveil a platform like this for entrepreneurs, and from an investment standpoint, the model we are adopting is tried and true. But, I can’t help but say it. And technically speaking – I am right! (I love how I can contradict myself in the same paragraph)

We are doing something unique, because all of us (the partners and I) bring something unique to H360, thus allowing H360 to be unique in a field where it seems that everything is the same. The emails, and the tweets, and the messages that we’ve received are strong indicators that our presence in the world is necessary, and hopefully our results in the years to come will validate that premise.

Today, I was excited to announce my friend, Fenorris Pearson, as the newest addition to H360 Capital’s partners. He brings enormous value to our team, and his presence is essential to our long-term prospects.

On my agenda today: Interview to Associate Partner candidates, two Strategic Partnership meetings, review some businesses that were submitted on our site (email us your ideas: ideas [at] h360capital.com) and three strategy sessions with committees in the firm. A few phone calls sprinkled in-between.

This week, like last, will be tough. But hopefully, I will build the stamina necessary to make it tough and rewarding at the same time.

- HG3

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Fenorris Pearson Joins H360 Capital as Partner http://h360capital.com/archives/268 http://h360capital.com/archives/268#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 14:20:38 +0000 admin http://h360capital.com/?p=268

The former VP of Dell, Motorola, and current Executive Chairman of Global Consumer Innovation Brings Consumer and Product Expertise to H360’s Technology Entrepreneurs

Charlotte, N.C. – April 4, 2011 – H360 Capital today announced that Fenorris Pearson will join the firm as Partner effective immediately. Pearson will provide his unique insight and expertise to entrepreneurs in consumer and social media.

“Fenorris epitomizes the high-caliber success we want our entrepreneurs to embrace and implement into their end-goal strategies,” said H360 Managing Partner Hezekiah Griggs III. “His success in corporate, and his ongoing efforts to improve the quality of investments for investors, appropriately defines him as a ‘consummate executive.’ His addition as a Partner, positions H360 to a cumulative level of ‘standard and quality’ that we hope to transfer to our firm’s investment strategy and portfolio companies.”

In 2010, after a successful career at some of the largest companies in the world, Pearson founded Global Consumer Innovation, Inc. Recently under Fenorris’ leadership; GCI won the Business of the Year award from the office of Texas Governor, Rick Perry.

Prior to taking the leadership role at Global Consumer Innovation, Fenorris served as Vice President of Consumer Innovation at Dell, Inc. There, he was responsible for more than 300 employees across 4 continents. While at Dell, Fenorris helped lead the strategy around several new concepts with revenue potential ranging from $300-$500 Million. One of these concepts recently hit the market and received warm reception and critical praise in the summer of 2010.

Before joining Dell, Pearson served as Vice President of Global Organizational Development at Motorola. While at Motorola, he collaborated with the President and Executive Vice President to lead the reorganization of a 27 billion dollar business. Fenorris defined and delivered Motorola’s first High-Performance Framework, designed to build sustainable performance and organizational capability.

“I’m excited about my future involvement in H360 Capital,” said Pearson. “I’ve known Mr. Griggs for some time, and I think what we are putting together at H360 Capital will have a defining impact on not just the VC space, but also the way new companies interact with communities across the country. I look forward to engaging with entrepreneurs, and helping to shape the landscape of technology investments in the world.”

Mr. Pearson has a Master’s degree in Organizational Development from Benedictine University. An avid philanthropist, Fenorris currently serves on three boards: The Alonzo Mourning Charities in Miami FL with NBA great, Alonzo Mourning, Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, and Imagine Schools of Central Texas in Austin TX.

Fenorris’ first book, “How to Play the Game at the Top” has reached #2 on the Amazon.com Best Seller List in the Business Motivation category.

About H360 Capital

H360 Capital is an angel venture capital firm based in Charlotte, NC. The firm invests in early-stage start-ups with market-disrupting ideas. Innovation is considered key to H360’s investments, as they are typically new ideas that either change a market, or creates one.

Contact:

Press/Media Relations
H360 Capital
704-389-0360
info@h360capital.com

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