Investing with Intention in Inclusion

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This episode of The Crexi Podcast covers how to be intentionally inclusive in VC and CRE investing with Slauson & Co. partner Austin Clements.

The Crexi Podcast explores various aspects of the commercial real estate industry, in conversation with top CRE professionals. In each episode, we feature different guests, tapping into their wealth of expertise and exploring the latest trends in the world of commercial real estate. 

In this episode, Crexi’s Ashley Kobovitch sits down with Austin to explore intentional inclusivity in VC investments, Austin’s current work with Slauson & Co. and nonprofit Grid 110, and what he sees as key markers of future success in entrepreneurs. Their wide-ranging conversation covers:

  • The difference between “missionary” and “mercenary” start-up founders, examples of each. and the ethos and skills found in both types.
  • The importance of mentorship for both mentor and apprentice and how you cultivate that relationship no matter where you are in your career path.
  • The importance of investing and working from life experience, as well as identifying out-of-the-box success markers. 
  • How we’re in the early innings of inclusive investing and why a diversity of backgrounds is essential to the future of venture capital
  • And much more!

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About Austin Clements:

Austin is the founder of and Partner at Slauson & Co., a venture capital firm that focuses on economic inclusion. Before forming Slauson & Co. in 2020, Austin was a Principal at TenOneTen Ventures, where he played a role investing in 50+ companies across two funds, primarily focused on B2B and SaaS. These companies included Ordermark, Crexi, Emotive, Second Spectrum, and Daily. Austin is mainly focused on investing in tools and platforms that support small businesses.

A champion of inclusion in the LA tech ecosystem, Austin is a founding Chairman for PledgeLA, a city-wide initiative that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in Tech. In addition, he actively supports the expansion of nonprofit accelerator Grid110, a mission-focused organization clearing pathways to success for early-stage entrepreneurs of all backgrounds.

Austin is a graduate of Morehouse College, holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, and is currently a Kauffman Fellow.

About Crexi:

Crexi is CRE’s fastest-growing marketplace, advanced technology and data platform dedicated to supporting the CRE industry and its stakeholders. From searching for properties to Intelligence, our easy-to-use platform is designed to help buyers, tenants and brokers close deals faster than ever imagined. With millions of users and trillions in property value, Crexi is your solution for CRE success.

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