Tom Austin is 53 years old Minneapolis venture capitalist and led the campaign to “Save Lake Calhoun” from its name change to Bde Maka Ska. Curently, he is at the center of a viral video in which he is accused of profiling a group of black entrepreneurs.
In the video, Tom Austin identifies himself by name and it has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times after being shared with Instagram by Team Top Figure in which he threatened to call 911 on a group of black tenants in an office building gym.
This incident occurred on May 26th inside a private gym in the Mozaic East office building along Lagoon Avenue in the city at 7:51 p.m. However, on the previous day, thousands of people in Minneapolis had taken to the streets to protest the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd by police in the city on May 25th.
In the video shared by TeamTopfigure Austin ask three Balck if they ‘Belong’ in the Gym. On May 27th TopFigure shared Austin Video and wrote.
“Normally we don’t speak out about encounters of racial profiling and age discrimination that we face day to day in our lives as young black entrepreneurs. Although today May 26th, 2020 7:51 pm we encountered a situation where a man entered the facility, a shared private gym that we utilize in our @wework @mozaic_east office located in uptown Minnesota. Granted we’ve been in this office space and have rented and grown our business for the past 1 year and a half here. As we were working out this man approached and immediately asked us who we were and if “WE BELONG” in this building. Granted in order to enter the building you NEED a key card to enter EVERY part of the building which EACH of our team members individually has. We all pay rent here and this man demanded that we show him our key cards or he will call the cops on us. We are sick and tired of tolerating this type of behavior on a day to day basis and we feel that we had to bring light onto this situation.”
Later, Austin takes photos of the men, and when they explain they are tenants, Austin replies: “What office are you in? I’m calling 911 now.”
In an Interview with Bringmethenews.com, Tom Austin claimed that “several of these guys were trespassing and using a private gym that was authorized only for building tenants,” and added “It seems like nobody cares about the complete truth,” he said.
Later, Tom Austin told to publication “One of the tenants brought 4 friends and I complained to them that this isn’t right and it’s unfair to the tenants who pay,” he said. “They got in my face in a very threatening manner and I threatened back to building call security [sic]. I would have done this regardless of race. So this is bullshit.”
Tom Austin is the Minneapolis venture capitalist who runs the F2 Intelligence Group and serving as a managing partner.
In 2017, Tom Austin sued to prevent local government from changing the name of Lake Calhoun to its Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska. In May 2020, his lawsuit was successful and wrote a piece for the Star-Tribune titled, “Why I funded the lawsuit to save the name, Lake Calhoun.”
Additionally, Tom Austin also donated 13 times to Donald Trump’s re-election campaign since September 2019. According to the source, Austin donated $50.00 to WinRed, the Donald Trump-endorsed conservative fundraising platform and his total contribution is $696.50.
How old is Tom Austin? He was born in 1967 and from the USA, he is 53 years old as of 2020.