San Francisco attracts some of the world’s best business minds and tech talent, so it’s no surprise that its minority-owned business and startup scene is booming. In the last decade alone, we’ve seen an explosion in successful startups and businesses founded by Asian, Indian, Latinx, Black and Queer trailblazers. These are some of the minority-owned companies that have inspired us the most, and shown us that hard work and brilliant ideas will prevail, no matter the color of your skin.
DC Design is a social impact design firm that uses Human-Centered Design to co-develop validated, long-lasting solutions to complex social problems. Founder Durell Coleman has worked alongside governments, foundations, non-profits, and companies to shift entrenched systems toward paradigms that function better for everyone. He has worked to redesign aspects of the foster care system, develop new approaches to criminal justice reform, reimagine healthcare service models, create apps that connect communities, and develop new educational models for the 21st century.
While serving as executives at a Chinese venture capital firm, founders Brad Bao and Toby Sun launched Lime on a simple idea that all communities deserve access to smart, affordable mobility. Through the equitable distribution of shared scooters, bikes, and transit vehicles, they aim to reduce dependence on personal automobiles for short-distance transportation and leave future generations with a cleaner, healthier planet.
OnePiece Work is a flexible office operator with an expert network that connects innovative leaders in tech. Besides offering innovative workspaces to our members, OnePiece Work also offers flexible office solutions to accommodate midsize to large companies. Co-founder Vickey Li has overseen the growth and success of OnePiece Work on two continents - her native China and in California.
With over 1,500 meditations and audio therapy sessions, Simple Habit is a mental wellness platform that helps busy people reduce daily stress. Simple Habit was born when founder Yuhna Kim left her job on Wall Street to build her first start-up business. Desperate to manage the extreme stress of the process, she turned to meditation. Yuhna began to meditate for a few minutes a day and saw dramatic improvements in the quality of her work, relationships, and life. In 2016, she decided to build Simple Habit to help busy people like herself experience the benefits of mindfulness.
Mayvenn began with the idea that if people of color are spending billions of dollars on beauty products, they should also have ownership in the businesses that sell those products. Furthermore, those products should be of the highest quality and delivered with world-class customer service. Co-founder Diishan Imira created the Mayvenn platform so that the salons and hairstylists in his community could be the retailers of these products, allowing their customers to shop in a dignified way, while receiving the best products and service for their hard-earned money.
Instacart revolutionized grocery delivery by connecting users with shoppers in their areas who personally shop and deliver items from their favorite stores in as fast as an hour. Serial entrepreneur and Co-founder Apoorva Mehta got his start as a supply-chain engineer for Amazon, and launched over 20 businesses before he finally landed on this game-changing and innovative concept.
Almost every LGBTQ+ entrepreneur has encountered unequal access to key resources needed to advance their business. StartOut’s mission is to increase the number, diversity, and impact of LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs and amplify their stories to drive the economic empowerment of the community. Whether through networking events, panels, casual gatherings, or connecting founders with investors, this non-profit puts LGTBQ+ founders in a position to succeed.
As a minority-owned business, OnePiece Work is proud to stand amongst these talented and driven trailblazers. If you’re a minority founder looking to connect and thrive in San Francisco, connect with us on LinkedIn!