What is Transparent Collective?

Transparent Collective is a nonprofit focused on helping Black, Latinx, Women, and other underrepresented founders access the resources they need to create successful companies. We are working to break down the barriers that acutely affect the success of minority founders at the early stages of their startups.

Every component of the Silicon Valley dream to build the future is fraught with challenges, but when you come from a different background than those who have been working in the space for years, the challenges are amplified. Transparent Collective was created to provide guidance to the next generation amazing entrepreneurs. 

Specifically, our goals are three-fold:

First, we want to help solve the information asymmetry problem between investors and underrepresented founders. For those investors who want a diverse portfolio, but may not have the personal network connections to find high caliber companies, Transparent Collective provides them with that high-qualified deal flow. Every one of our founders comes to the table with strong performance indicators towards their future potential success.

Second, we want to provide founders with education around pitch mechanics, decks, and metrics. Our events include mentor sessions where each founder practices to tighten their story and polish their presentations.

Finally, Transparent Collective was founded in order to contribute to the development of an ecosystem where minority entrepreneurs can flourish. We aren’t a competition or “Shark Tank” type of environment. Our collective is a network of seasoned founders, investors, and mentors help the next batch of remarkable founders.


James Norman

Co-Founder @Pilotly. Founded Ubi Video, Shift Marketing, F1RST Motoring Apparel, and now Pilotly. Written over 250k lines of code to change TV forever. EECS BS @University of Michigan.


Rohini Pandhi

Product @Square. Previously product @PubNub, @Rackspace, @Nodeable. Computer Engineering @University of Michigan, MBA @University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business.

Clayton Bryan

Partner @500Startups. Product enthusiast & customer development advocate. Former @Dorm Room Fund @Yahoo. Educated @Cal-berkeley @NYU.