Great entrepreneurs are great storytellers. Heart of the city spotlights the dopest investors and entrepreneurs around the country, and gives them the opportunity to tell the stories that get missed in most interviews.
Host Vince Harris draws on his background as a Wall Streeter and serial entrepreneur to take guests beyond the numbers; to share the ways their work is benefitting the communities where they operate. Every week a different city. A different story.
Reparations - Part 1 with Dr. Kathy Powers
When a bi-racial student asked Dr. Power why his Jewish grandmother (a Holocaust survivor) received reparations but his black grandmother (a descendant of enslaved people) did not, the professor realized she did not have a satisfactory answer. She has spent the intervening two decades studying reparations cases around the globe to better understand who receives and who doesn't. And why or why not.
In Part 1 of a two-part series, we welcome Dr. Kathy Powers to HOC Live. Dr. Powers helps frame the topic of reparations in a global context. With case studies from Haiti to Bosnia, she will help us to understand how reparations have been administered historically and what frameworks may be transferrable to the American case.
"It's A Family Affair" Trailer
Trailer for the interview with Joy Hollingsworth of the The Hollingsworth Company.
HOC Live - It's a Family Affair with Joy Hollingsworth (Seattle)
In October 2013, Raft Hollingsworth called a family meeting at his parents' home. Not crazy. They did this from time to time. But this time Raft (the baby of the family) had a Power Point deck. This was serious. He had a business proposition for them. With recreational cannabis newly legal in the state of Washington, he saw an opportunity for him and his family to get in on the ground floor. Mom was impressed by the presentation. So was his dad. Dad ended up investing his entire retirement fund to bankroll the startup. Today they have a 30,000 square foot farm, outfitted with eight greenhouses. Joy and Raft run day to day operations of The Hollingsworth Company (THC) [
HOC Live - The Legacy Show w. Donahue Baker (Newark)
Don Baker is a Grammy nominated music producer turned CPA, turned real estate investor and entrepreneur. His portfolio now encompasses more than 500 units across three markets.
Over the course of his evolution out of the music business and into entrepreneurship, he noticed that there were certain key principles at work in the lives of the everyday millionaires he was serving in his CPA practice. He quickly began to implement those principles in his own life. Don tells a story of being able to spin up $1M of business credit for himself... in one week once he cracked the code on leverage. 🤯
He will share that story (and many others) and give the blueprint for how you and your family can begin to implement these strategies in your life.
HOC Live - COVID and the business of education - PREVIEW
Preview of the topics discussed with Rafiq Kalam Id-Din, Managing Partner, Ember Charter School
HOC Live - COVID and the business of education with Rafiq Kalam Id-Din (Philly)
"The most profound economic impact of COVID may ultimately be the way it changes K-12 education."
Mr. Kalam Id-Din is a scholar turned successful attorney turned education entrepreneur. He now runs the Ember charter school in Brooklyn that serves five hundred students and their families. The sensitive nature of his "product" and the structure of how eduction funding works in the US makes for unique management challenges.
To confront those challenges, Rafiq borrowed from the professional service model he saw while working at his law firm in Hong Kong and incorporated that organizational structure into the creation of his school.
Rafiq discusses his unique model and also sheds light on some of the impact COVID is having on the education industry and brainstorms aloud possible solutions to the new challenges the virus presents in terms of how we use physical spaces to educate young people.
I tuned in to one episode to review the content for a client and found myself binging on several episodes. Heart of the City has become one of my favorite podcast because it’s informative, the guests have relevant stories that inspire and motivate, and the music and production quality has a hip edge that makes the listening vibe fun and engaging. And I love the curiosity of the host Vince Harris who asks truly brilliant and compelling questions. This podcast definitely goes on the highly recommend list!
Much Needed Podcast
This pod has quickly become one of my favorites. It filled a void that I didn’t even realize existed. I always find the guests and their stories really interesting, and I almost always learn something new. This is the podcast I most find myself referencing in conversations with others. For anyone interested in real estate or entrepreneurship, this is a must listen.
The Shoulder of Giants
First learned of Vince on Max Maxwell Podcast and felt like I knew him, you know that young, smart, cool and collected brother from the block that you knew would be successful, a leader, and give back to the community. While he’s infusing some old Hip-hop and R&B to set the tone he and his guests are dropping crazy knowledge!! Much respect for him and his contribution in this space!!