Investor Connect: Vernon Howard of Hallo

Investor Connect: Vernon Howard of Hallo

April 9, 2021 by investor

In this episode, Hall welcomes Vernon Howard, CEO & Co-Founder at Hallo.

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Hallo is an online events platform that builds authentic relationships with diverse candidates. Hallo’s versatile platform helps teams and passionate employers connect with candidates in natural ways. 

Vernon was a math prodigy, who graduated high school at 16 years old when he tested into Virginia Commonwealth University to study Computer Science and Math. He paid his way through school by teaching math and serving as a janitor on campus.

He went on to sell men’s suits, which taught him the art of selling. After joining Capital One – whose signing bonus he used to rebuild an Alpha Romeo – he built Capital One’s first mobile banking application. He also built out the Application Security Team at Capital One, before, naturally, becoming a securities trader.

Vernon then transitioned over to being a white hat hacker and eventually ended his career sitting on the derivatives trading floor at Capital One. 

Vernon shares what led him to start working in this sector. He also discusses some of the challenges startups face and advises both entrepreneurs and investors.

You can visit Hallo at and on Twitter at

Vernon can be contacted via email at, and via LinkedIn at

For a full transcript, click here.

Music courtesy of Bensound.

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