Health Care Firms Were Pushed to Confront Racism. Now Some Are Investing in Black Startups.

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California Healthline

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Marcus Whitney stands out in Nashville’s $95 billion health care sector as an investor in startups. In addition to co-founding a venture capital firm, he’s organized an annual health tech conference and co-founded the city’s professional soccer club. And, often, he’s the only Black man in the room. So in summer 2020, as Black Lives Matter protesters filled city streets around the country following George Floyd’s murder, Whitney pondered the racial inequalities that are so obvious in his industry — especially locally. “I sat at the intersection of two communities — one that I…

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