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Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) represent a wide range of cultures and people who descend from Far East and Middle Asia. Numerous are the stories of AAPI immigrants over-coming huge cultural and language barriers to create better lives for their children and grandchildren. Many of those children and grandchildren stood on the shoulders of their parents, grandparents, aunties, and uncles to start businesses that would go on to be worth millions.

In HubSpot for Startups' ongoing series of celebrating diverse founders and investors in the startup community, here is a growing collection of stories about some of these founders, investors, executives, and entrepreneurs.

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The State of Venture Capital and Fostering Diversity with Vijay Rajendran

Vijay Rajendran, Head of Portfolio Value at venture capital firm 500 Global, is part of a team whose mission is to invest in and uplift entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds and places.

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April Koh, CEO & Co-founder of Spring Health

April Koh became the youngest woman to grow a company to unicorn status. We're excited to announce that Spring Health will be one of the unicorns featured in season 3 of our documentary series "Spiraling Up" (in collaboration with LinkedIn). In this video by Slush, she and Northzone GP Pär-Jörgen Pärson discuss her journey.

Goldcast CEO Palash Soni Helps Empower B2B Marketers

Palash Soni, CEO & Co-Founder of digital events platform Goldcast, is empowering B2B marketers to host amazing revenue-driving experiences. His co-founder and COO Kishore Kothandaraman will be heavily featured in season 2 of "Spiraling Up." In this interview, you get to learn a little more about Palash.

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Forbes 30 under 30 Changxiao Xie and Hanmei Wu

Changxioa Xie and Hanmei Wu of Empowerly

Changxiao Xie and Hanmei Wu founded Empowerly in 2018 to democratize the college admissions process, empowering students to become the most successful version of themselves. Last year they were featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 class of 2022. (interview coming soon).

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