This all-in-one platform for barbershop­s started out as a booking site. It soon expanded into nancial services and is now testing distributi­on of supplies such as razor blades. The Manha an-based company charges its 2,000 customers a monthly fee of $100 to $250 per location and collects transactio­n fees on services. Songe LaRon (above le ), 37, quit a job at law rm Skadden Arps, and Dave Salvant, 36, ditched one as a sales associate at AXA to start the company. They took over a Manha an barbershop to be er learn the business. A er a tough start convincing investors to back them, the pair got into the accelerato­r Y Combinator on their third try. Today investors have come around, and Squire’s valuation tripled to $750 million last July a er a $60 million fundraise. “We have to start pu ing money earlier in the pipeline for Black founders,” LaRon says. “Institutio­nal capital needs to start taking more risk.”

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