TitleDefy Ventures founder and CEO Catherine Hoke in conversation with NPR's Laura Sydell
|Hoke, Catherine, Speaker|
|Sydell, Laura, Moderator|
PublisherComputer History Museum
Place of PublicationMountain View, California
Copyright HolderComputer History Museum
Defy Ventures is a NYC-based entrepreneurship, employment and character training program that recognizes that many former drug dealers and gang leaders can become successful, legal entrepreneurs. Defy “transforms the hustle” of formerly incarcerated Entrepreneurs-in-Training (EITs) by offering intensive leadership development, Shark Tank-style business plan competitions, executive mentoring, financial investment and startup incubation. Defy intentionally builds life-giving, authentic community between EITs and their executive volunteers as they bond in their humanity.
Leveraging technology, Defy has created a "blended learning" model that holds the promise of scaling globally to revitalize the most underserved communities. Defy's online instructors include underdog-loving influencers like Tim Draper (Founder, Draper Fisher Jurvetson), Duncan Niederauer (CEO, NYSE), and Seth Godin (marketing guru).
Catherine Hoke, Founder and CEO of Defy Ventures, sat down for a conversation with NPR’s Digital Culture Correspondent Laura Sydell. They talked about Hoke’s background, her experience in private equity and venture capital here in the Bay Area, and how visiting a prison in Texas transformed her life and ultimately showed her the value of "investing in the margins." Later in the conversation they were joined on stage by one of Defy’s EITs, who will give a firsthand account of the impact of the program and its power to transform lives.