November 7, 2022                          

Black Wall Street is coming back - just one aspect of how Tulsa is angling into tech innovation to drive the economy forward from oil and gas and attract new talent to the city. I interviewed Michael Basch of Atento Capital for my AskAVC show to hear his perspective on the opportunities and challenges ahead.

It was an enlightening time in Tulsa.

My thanks to startup adviser Peter Mullen for local intros, Build in Tulsa team Ashli Simms plus Techstars' Tre Baker, Tyrance Billingsley II of Black Tech Week, Sean Kouplen of Regent Bank, founders of Plannly Alisha and Earl Harris and not forgetting Ben Stewart of Tulsa Remote, and many others.

I even spotted the mastermind behind this evolution:

George Kaiser.

AskAVC show Live from Tulsa

with Michael Basch of Atento Capital

November 4

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