Naj Austin, Founder & CEO of Ethel’s Club & Something Good, spoke at Design Driven NYC in September 2020. She spoke about building a community centered around celebration, empowerment, and designed for people of color to thrive. She shared how her grandmother, who the company is named after, instilled in her a drive to create healing spaces that center and celebrate people of color through conversation, wellness, and creativity. She also spoke about building slow communities through intentional products can be the secret sauce to a deeply powerful network. FirstMark is an early stage venture capital firm based in New York City. Design Driven NYC is the largest monthly creative community in NYC, organized by Dan Kozikowski (@dfkoz) and Jack Cohen (@itsjackcohen) of FirstMark. To become a part of Design Driven NYC, visit To find out more about FirstMark Capital, visit us online at or on Twitter at