CEO & Founder, BLAK Fintech
Divine is a disruptor in every sense of the word with his relentless ambition, determination, grind and hustle. A former substantial street hustler and Hip-Hop/Rap recording artist turned “urban entrepreneur”, he first appeared on the tech community radar in 2014 when he reached out to famed Silicon Valley venture capitalist (VC) Ben Horowitz, Co-Founder of top-tier VC firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), on social media via Twitter and the two eventually became friends. With only an 8th grade formal education and no tech background, a year later Divine would officially enter tech when he founded his first financial technology startup, BLAK Fintech and ideated the BLAK Card. His extraordinary story of meeting Ben and entrepreneurial journey that followed has been featured via such media outlets as Tech Crunch, Forbes and Black Enterprise. Being a formerly incarcerated individual with a decade of incarceration, as an inspirational speaker, Divine now utilizes his life story and journey of redemption to inspire people worldwide. This year, he was selected as a keynote speaker by Georgia State University’s Entrepreneurship & Innovation Institute’s Russell Center for their Influential Speaker Series and for the annual France Fintech: Revolution event held in Paris. He has been featured at numerous events focused on diversity and inclusion and most recently become a voice against mass incarceration and for criminal justice reform. Divine is currently preparing to release BLAK’s first product, is now a Contributor to Black Enterprise and is set to appear at this year’s BE TechConneXt Summit on a panel with justice reform advocate and New York Times best selling author of, Writing My Wrongs, Shaka Senghor.