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Founders Unfound tells the stories of exceptional entrepreneurs and tech founders from underrepresented backgrounds – starting with founders of African descent. We have a regular podcast and complimentary blog created to shine a light on the broad spectrum that reflects all the diversity in entrepreneurship today. We spotlight entrepreneurs working on venture-worthy, big opportunity ideas. We know behind every founder team is an origin story that deserves to be boldly told. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Founders Unfound tells the stories of exceptional entrepreneurs and tech founders from underrepresented backgrounds – starting with founders of African descent. We have a regular podcast and complimentary blog created to shine a light on the broad spectrum that reflects all the diversity in entrepreneurship today. We spotlight entrepreneurs working on venture-worthy, big opportunity ideas. We know behind every founder team is an origin story that deserves to be boldly told. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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United States

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Founders Unfound tells the stories of exceptional entrepreneurs and tech founders from underrepresented backgrounds – starting with founders of African descent. We have a regular podcast and complimentary blog created to shine a light on the broad spectrum that reflects all the diversity in entrepreneurship today. We spotlight entrepreneurs working on venture-worthy, big opportunity ideas. We know behind every founder team is an origin story that deserves to be boldly told. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Language:

English

Contact:

4257851544


Episodes

Roger Roman - AfriBlocks

7/30/2021
Roger Roman, Co-Founder of AfriBlocks, the global Pan-African freelance marketplace and collaboration platform. They are building THE resource for devs, designers, and virtual assistants. Roger hails from Chicago, and in his home neighborhood there the Roman name is well known. He was pre-ordained to be a lawyer, but Roger took a different path: business. He leveraged his degree from Howard University to immerse in industries as varied as construction, video game development, and eventually...

Duration:00:50:37

James Jones - Ownors

7/16/2021
James Jones, Co-Founder and CEO of Ownors, an AI-driven Fintech platform that helps artists retrieve payouts from streaming services. Ownors isn’t James’ first startup. Inspired by his upbringing, James became an attorney. But he saw the gaps in the system. The fundamental way that legal services are sold and distributed is a straight-up disconnect with the vast majority of people who need it. So he and his wife formed Court Buddy, where he became Black Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year....

Duration:00:51:35

Melanie Akwule - MINWO

7/9/2021
Melanie Akwule is Founder and CEO of MINWO, a DE&I tech company that connects companies with organizations that have a specific mission to support Black-owned businesses on their path to scaling. Originally from Virginia, Melanie was an NCAA track athlete who did her undergrad at Georgia Tech.She worked and excelled in the corporate world with GE. But it was at the Haas School, Cal Berkeley where she built her startup muscle. She used her time in school to conceptualize and develop MINWOA....

Duration:00:47:06

Daricus Releford - StoreCash

7/2/2021
Daricus Releford is Founder and CEO of StoreCash, a company that provides mobile banking for teens, as well as for unbanked and underbanked adults. Daricus is the twin son of a mom in the military. And as you just heard, he came home one day as a kid to find that his dad had taken everything from the house. Since that fateful event, Daricus has been on an entrepreneurial journey, that's gone from cutting lawns to building a FinTech startup in Silicon Valley. Along the way, he's had to...

Duration:00:54:26

State of Black Entrepreneurship and Fundraising in 2021: Have we made progress?

6/30/2021
Black Entrepreneurship & Fundraising in 2021- have we made any progress? In this special episode, we bring you the fireside chat moderated by Dan with: Amira Rasool, CEO of The Folklore Daricus Releford, CEO of StoreCash Kwame Boler, CEO of neu In the session we talked about the state of black entrepreneurship and fundraising in 2021. As we experience Juneteenth for the first time as a National holiday, we ask: What has changed? What has remained the same? Where are the opportunities...

Duration:00:46:36

Ezinne Iroanya-Adeoye - SKNMUSE

6/18/2021
Ezinne Iroanya-Adeoye is Founder and CEO of SKNMUSE, the premium beauty brand dedicated to elevating the beauty experience for the modern black woman. Ezinne was born and raised in Nigeria. After graduating from high school at 15 and ace-ing her SATs, she came to the US for college. She thought she was going to be a petroleum engineer. Lucky for the rest of us, that didn’t happen. Ezinne never forgot the joy she found in the soothing remedies her mom and grandmother prepared for her dry...

Duration:01:01:13

Dr. Sonja Ebron - Courtroom5

6/11/2021
OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE: Founders Live the global venue for entrepreneurs to experience events, content, and community. Check out founderslive.com to join and to find a live event streaming from your city. In this episode Sonja and Dan discussed: Dr. Sonja Ebron Co-founder and CEO of Courtroom5, a company that makes an automated legal toolbox that helps people represent themselves in court. Sonja has one of the amazing backgrounds, engineering academia, a repeat entrepreneur, but...

Duration:00:52:25

Amira Rasool - The Folklore

5/29/2021
The Plug Delivering clear analysis and powerful insights on what's shaping the Black innovation economy. Get your annual subscription to The Plug at tpinsights.com In this episode Amira and Dan discussed: Amira Rasool is the Founder and CEO of The Folklore, an omnichannel platform that is bringing luxury and emerging designer brands from Africa online for the first time. Amira has that fearlessness that just draws you in. She says it got her in trouble when she was younger, but we're...

Duration:00:59:23

Stephen Ajayi - YearOne

5/13/2021
OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE: Trajectory: Startup - Ideation to Product/Market Fit A brand new book by entrepreneur and investor Dave Parker. This hot-off-the-presses publication is THE playbook for those at the earliest stages of the startup journey. Or even if you are just contemplating the jump to entrepreneurship. To get this great resource, go to dkparker.com or find anywhere you buy books. In this episode Stephen and Dan discussed: Stephen Ajayi is the Co-Founder and CEO of...

Duration:00:51:32

Patrick Paul - Ikos

4/29/2021
OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE: Trajectory: Startup - Ideation to Product/Market Fit A brand new book by entrepreneur and investor Dave Parker. This hot-off-the-presses publication is THE playbook for those at the earliest stages of the startup journey. Or even if you are just contemplating the jump to entrepreneurship. To get this great resource, go to dkparker.com or find anywhere you buy books. In this episode Patrick and Dan discussed: Patrick Paul is the Co-Founder of Ikos, a...

Duration:00:50:40

Ashlee Ammons - Mixtroz

4/20/2021
OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE: AfriBlocks The global pan-African freelance marketplace and collaboration platform. Tell them "Dan sent you" for 10% off your first order. More at afriblocks.com Cascadia Cleantech Accelerator powered by VertueLab and CleanTech Alliance This 15-week program delivers mentorship, connections, funding opportunities, and more. For early-stage cleantech startups looking to launch and scale their businesses. Checkout at cascadiacleantech.org In this episode...

Duration:00:58:42

Evan Leaphart - Kiddie Kredit

3/26/2021
OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE: Cascadia Cleantech Accelerator powered by VertueLab and CleanTech Alliance This 15-week program delivers mentorship, connections, funding opportunities, and more. For early-stage cleantech startups looking to launch and scale their businesses. Applications are open until April 16th. Don't miss out, apply today at cascadiacleantech.org AfriBlocks The global pan-African freelance marketplace and collaboration platform. Tell them "Dan sent you" for 10% off...

Duration:00:54:12

Ashlee Wisdom - Health in Her HUE

3/11/2021
OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE: The Plug Delivering clear analysis and powerful insights on what's shaping the Black innovation economy. Get your annual subscription to The Plug at tpinsights.com In this episode Ashlee and Dan discussed: Episode Shout Outs: Eddwina Bright (Co-founder) Females Founders Alliance Vital Voices Dr. Ivor Horn Ashlee Wisdom is the Founder and CEO of Health in Her HUE, a digital platform connecting black women to culturally competent healthcare providers,...

Duration:00:49:19

Genevieve Leveille - AgriLedger

2/26/2021
OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE: Multicultural Mainstream: Reimagining Humanity and Technology A virtual venture conference hosted by the Columbia Venture Community Access great content and breakouts with venture capitalists. March 5-6th 2021 Check out bit.ly/CVCMM for tickets. Don't miss out! In this episode Genevieve and Dan discussed: Genevieve Leveille is the Founder and CEO of AgriLedger, a company that is revolutionizing the agriculture value chain using distributed ledger and...

Duration:00:56:35

Ayinde Alakoye - nēdl

2/11/2021
WE ARE BACK! WELCOME TO OUR NEW SERIES FOR 2021 OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE: Multicultural Mainstream: Reimagining Humanity and Technology A virtual venture conference hosted by the Columbia Venture Community Access great content and breakouts with venture capitalists. March 5-6th 2021 Check out bit.ly/CVCMM for early-bird tickets. Don't miss out! In this episode Ayinde and Dan discussed: Episode Shout Outs: WOTP Backstage Capital Sweet Capital Ayinde Alakoye is the Founder and...

Duration:00:54:09

2020 Updates Epsiode PART 2

12/31/2020
OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE: Founders Live the global venue for entrepreneurs to experience events, content, and community. Check out founderslive.com to join and to find a live event streaming from your city. In this episode: For our last episode of the year, we've brought together a handful of founders from our first 20 plus episodes. In this two-parter, we cover everything from fundraising, and running a business, to motivating employees, to finding time for self care and mental...

Duration:00:34:09

2020 Updates Episode PART 1

12/19/2020
OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE: Founders Live the global venue for entrepreneurs to experience events, content, and community. Check out founderslive.com to join and to find a live event streaming from your city. In this episode: For our last episode of the year, we've brought together a handful of founders from our first 20 plus episodes. In this two-parter, we cover everything from fundraising, and running a business, to motivating employees, to finding time for self care and mental...

Duration:00:32:05

PREVIEW : 2020 Updates Episode

12/16/2020
Follow Founders Unfound : Like and share - help us grow! A preview of our Updates episode. We caught up with former guests to see where they are today and where they are headed for 2021. And we reflected on what will certainly be considered an historic year, 2020. Be sure to listen in. EPISODE drops December 18th! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Duration:00:02:10

Founders Unfound Podcast Trailer

12/2/2020
Founders Unfound tells the stories of exceptional entrepreneurs and tech founders from underrepresented backgrounds – starting with founders of African descent. We have a regular podcast and complimentary blog created to shine a light on the broad spectrum that reflects all the diversity in startups today. Hosted by season tech entrepreneur Dan Kihanya (@dkihanya), the show explores the origin stories of under-the-radar tech entrepreneurs working on venture-worthy, big opportunity...

Duration:00:01:57

Abbey Wemimo - Esusu

11/26/2020
OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE: Founders Live the global venue for entrepreneurs to experience events, content, and community. Check out founderslive.com to join and to find a live event streaming from your city. In this episode Abbey and Dan discussed: Episode Shout Outs: Samir Goel (Co-founder) Beth Noveck Acumen Global Good Fund Sinai Ventures Zeal Capital Partners Impact America Fund Abbey Wemimo is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Esusu, a revolutionary fintech platform...

Duration:00:35:29