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John Henry (Entrepreneur)

John Henry (Entrepreneur)

John Henry is a Dominican-American entrepreneur, investor, podcaster, and host based in Manhattan. Henry has been selected to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list and Ebony Power 100.


Early Life

Henry grew up in Florida to parents who immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. His mother was a custodian and my father was a presser at a dry cleaner. When he was 18, he moved to New York City to become a jazz musician and was working as a doorman while going to school full time.

First Business

As he got know the residents of the building, one of them own a chain of dry cleaners and offered Henry to clean any clothes at wholesale prices and he can charge the market rate.

This lead Henry to launch Mobile City Services in 2012 which provided on-demand dry-cleaning, laundry, and housecleaning.

The business was utilized by the NYC film and TV production community and at one point controlled over 70% of the market share.

Some notable projects he worked on include Boardwalk Empire, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Orange Is the New Black. Mobile City Services would be acquired for $1 million by Legacy Inc. in 2014.

Incubators and Venture Capital

After selling MCS, Henry launched Cofound Harlem, a non-profit tech incubator that aims to cultivate startups and entrepreneurship in Harlem. As part of the program, selected applicants receive complimentary office space and mentorship in exchange for a commitment to stay physically located in Harlem for two years. In 2017, he became a partner at Harlem Capital, early-stage venture capital firm that focuses on investing in minority and women founders in the United States.

Other Projects

Henry was the Program Director for the real estate tech accelerator, Area Accelerator from March 2016-March 2017.

He also became a Branded Podcast Host for Gimlet Media for a few years.

In 2019, Henry started hosting HUSTLE on VICELAND and advises entrepreneurs on how to grow their business.


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Citation Linktechcrunch.comJohn Henry, the 22-year-old founder of accelerator program Cofound Harlem, has announced Cofound Ventures, Harlem’s first venture capital fund.Cofound Ventures, which will officially launch next year, is looking to raise a total of $8 million, with $3 million going toward running the nine-month accelerator and funding startup stipends, and $5 million toward further funding Cofound Harlem startups.
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Citation Linkwww.youtube.comWhy Not Now - A Short Film on Harlem Entrepreneur, John Henry
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