Dating black women with kids

Justin Gerrard speaks quickly, Brian Gerrard speaks slowly.Justin jumps around the room, Brian glides with caution.“Nine times out of 10 if we’re pursuing an investor, it is likely not somebody who has experienced what it’s like to date as a black person in America,” Brian says.Almost every black entrepreneur faces this challenge.That the Gerrards were able to trademark a phrase as common as “bae” and sell such a simple idea illustrates just how few startups are being created for black users.“Bae” has been part of the cultural vernacular for years, especially in the black community.There are some dating sites for black people, more in the vein, but not an app for young black users.

Bae received an angel investment last year before kicking off a seed round at Tech Crunch Disrupt earlier this month.The Gerrards have three full-time and three part-time employees.They’re not yet making money, but they hope to do so soon, perhaps through advertising.But the idea is to create an app for black people to safely meet people of all races who want to form a genuine connection.“It’s shocking that there’s a dating app for people who like bacon, there’s one for burrito lovers, for Jewish folks, for Asians, there’s Hinge and Bumble, but nobody wanted to solve this problem,” Brian says. People don’t think about solving problems that don’t affect them, and investors don’t invest in ideas that don’t affect them.” Indeed, funding is one of the biggest obstacles facing many entrepreneurs of color.

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