In the face of the world’s Covid-19 crisis, we’re confronted with the hard truths of inequity and inequality. We hear time and again: the gap between the rich and the poor is growing. The world has either grown stagnant in our motivation to do something about it, or angry that nothing has yet been done. Well, our timeline to act has just been accelerated and it’s time to think about what kind of future we want. At Doriot, we envision a future in which everyone has the opportunity to participate and win in one of the biggest contributors to innovation and job growth: the entrepreneurial economy.
How do we make this future a reality? By not only leveling, but expanding the playing field. We’re inviting the majority to learn how to benefit from having access to opportunities previously reserved for the elite. News flash: Startups can launch and succeed outside of San Francisco and venture capital is no longer just for the rich and connected. Innovation in the venture capital space is happening fast, with startups turning to equity crowdfunding to raise money, and new platforms making it possible for anyone to invest in startups for as little as $10.
There are rumblings of change, we can feel it. And yet, if people don’t know how to recognize and take advantage of new opportunities, they might as well not exist. That’s why Doriot is focused on educating and empowering the next wave of entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators from the ground up. Education gives access to, and prepares people to take advantage of, new opportunities. What a college degree could do for upward social mobility for previous generations, smart investing can do for ours.
Financial literacy is the way to a better future. Doriot’s founder and CEO, Gerry Hays, lives and breathes entrepreneurial finance. As a five-time founder, experienced investor, and award-winning professor, he’s passionate about empowering people with knowledge. He recently made his book – The First-Time Founder’s Equity Bible – available for free as a guide to help new entrepreneurs and investors – and those curious about entrepreneurship – learn how startup investing works. It’s time to demystify the world of venture capital and help more people play to win.
The question is: why not? Why not help more startups get funded? Why not create and educate people on a new startup investing model? Why not allow more people to gain from startup successes? Why not keep building our future from the entrepreneurial economy?
Thus, begins our work at Doriot, to democratize venture capital and create a future in which everyone can participate and thrive in the entrepreneurial economy. The game is changing and you can learn how to play with Doriot. Are you in?