During the past few years I’ve become friends with a lot of people in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Some of these people are a cello instructor at MacPhail, a venture capitalist, and an f2 founder. These people are all very interesting and entertaining.
Earlier this week, the CEO of a Minneapolis venture capital firm was accused of racially profiling black men at a fitness facility.
According to video footage that was posted online, Tom Austin, the founder of F2 Group, questioned a group of black businessmen about their use of the gym at a local office building.
He was also caught calling the building’s property manager in an attempt to verify that these men were indeed tenants.
The incident took place on May 26th, at 7:51 p.m. in the MoZaic East office on Lagoon Avenue in Minneapolis. Austin claims that he conducted a survey of 300 residents in the area.
He says that one of the men showed him the keycard, which Austin claims allowed him to gain access to the building. Many of the businessmen refused to give their business details to him.
The video was a viral hit, and thousands of people are talking about it. Austin has since lost his job. His company has also lost a lease in the building.
Cello instructor at MacPhail
Tom Austin, a cello instructor at MacPhail Music, Minneapolis, Minnesota, is also a member the Delphia Cello Quartet.
In addition, he has been an active music educator in the Twin Cities since 1997. He teaches students ages four and up. He also coaches chamber music.
He has performed in a number of orchestras, including the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, Springfield Symphony, and Arius Chamber Ensemble.
He has also been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of New England in New Haven, Connecticut.
He has also served as a chamber music coordinator at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis.
His former students have gone on to study at many universities, including Indiana University, Longy School of Music, Juilliard, and the Aspen Music Festival.
He has worked as a clinician and adjudicator, as well as a private teacher.
He is currently the substitute cellist for Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. He has played with the Schubert Club Recital Series, as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
He is a dedicated teacher and performer. He holds a Dalcroze Certificate from the Juilliard School and is a member of the Ballance Duo.
Racially profiling in a venture capitalist’s office
A white venture capitalist was accused earlier this year of racially profiling black entrepreneurs. The incident occurred in Minneapolis and was recorded on video. The video has since gone viral.
The incident occurred at the Mozaic East Building, which is owned and managed by the Ackerberg Group. It also houses a coworking space called WeWork.
The building also houses a social media agency called Top Figure, whose members include Black entrepreneurs and businessmen.
The video shows Austin asking a group of black men whether they were tenants in the building. He threatened to call the police. The white man also asked the group about their ability to use a fitness center. Top Figure, a social media agency, published the video.
The viral video was viewed over 45,000 times on Instagram. While Austin has apologized for his comments, he has lost his office lease.
A video also showed Austin asking a group of Black entrepreneurs if they were going to use a gym. He wanted them to tell him the location of the gym. The video has been viewed millions upon millions of times.
Race-related incident in a building gym
Earlier this week, a Black entrepreneur was confronted by a white man for trespassing. The white man said he was going to call the police. The incident was documented by Zak Ahmed and Abdi Hassan.
The incident took place in a private gym that Top Figure Media tenants are only allowed to use. You need a key card to access the facility.
A white man walked into the gym, taking pictures of the partners, and refused to provide any identification. The partners refused to reveal their identity. The man then threatened to call the police and told them to leave.
Tenants were notified by the building management. The man was identified as Tom Austin. The Ackerburg Group, the owner of the building has ended the lease on the office space.