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Episode 212 - Lisa Kleissner, Founder of The KL Felicitas Foundation

6/19/2018
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Joining us today on the Season 2 finale is Lisa Kleissner, co-founder of The Toniic Institute, KL Felicitas Foundation, and Hawaii Investment Ready. She’ll be talking to us today about her pursuits to expand impact investing on both the local and global levels. From her beginnings in Hawaii and success in Silicon Valley to being a pioneer in the field of impact investing, Lisa has stayed true to her values in the midst of many challenges. Lisa is changing the realm of financial investment...

Duration:00:35:29

Episode 211 - Elizabeth Gore, President of Alice

6/12/2018
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Joining us today is Elizabeth Gore, Founder & President of Alice. She’s a pioneer in more ways than one, and is our first guest to join us from the road. From a cattle ranch in rural Texas to maneuvering the high tech world of artificial intelligence, Elizabeth has never been afraid to take on life’s biggest challenges. She's changing the landscape of entrepreneurship and helping XLR8ALL by using technology to help women and minority founders reach their goals. Following in the footsteps...

Duration:00:31:50

Episode 210 - Olin Lagon, Founder of Shifted Energy

6/5/2018
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Today’s guest is Olin Lagon, Founder of Shifted Energy. From growing up in one of Hawaii's most notorious low income housing developments to founding a sustainable energy storage startup, Olin has always triumphed despite the odds and managed to stay ahead of the curve. When he’s not founding companies and leading innovation in the state of Hawaii, Olin gives back to the community by providing technical educational programs for underrepresented youth in Hawaii. Tune in to find out Olin’s...

Duration:00:18:54

Episode 209 - Rodney Sampson, Founder of Opportunity Hub

5/29/2018
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Today’s guest is Rodney Sampson, a Brookings Fellow & the Founder of Opportunity Hub. From Atlanta to Washington DC, Rodney has been forging his own path for as long as he can remember. A lifelong problem solver, entrepreneur, and thought leader, Rodney has dedicated his life's work to giving back to the citizens of Atlanta, elevating the black community in America, and shifting the landscape when it comes to tech, entrepreneurship, and investing. He’s not just the CEO of OHUB, he’s also...

Duration:00:42:47

Episode 208 - Donavan Kealoha, Director at Startup Capital Ventures

5/22/2018
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On today’s podcast, we’ll hear from Donavan Kealoha, a Director at Startup Capital Ventures and Founder of Purple Mai'a. Find out how Donavan, proud local boy and Native Hawaiian, translated his humble beginnings on the island of Lānaʻi into a successful career in the venture capital industry, while providing technical education to disadvantaged children in Hawaii. He’ll give us his take on the importance of inclusivity within the tech and venture capital industries, and discuss some of...

Duration:00:42:41

Episode 207 - Maureen Murat, Founder Of Crowdie Advisors

5/15/2018
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Today, we’ll hear from Maureen Murat, Founder & Chief Advisor of Crowdie Advisors, and Of Counsel at Cogent Law Group. Find out how Maureen persevered in the face of tremendous adversity, and the obstacles she encountered as a first-generation Haitian-American searching for success. Later, we'll learn about her unexpected path to entrepreneurship, law, and blockchain technology. We’ll hear her take on the importance of affirmative action, and why she believes inclusion and diversity in...

Duration:00:22:44

Episode 206 - Aaron Walker, Founder & CEO of Camelback Ventures

5/8/2018
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Today, we’ll hear from Aaron Walker, Founder and CEO of Camelback Ventures. Focused on increasing diversity in the startup ecosystem by addressing the many inequities of entrepreneurship and education, Camelback Ventures is shifting the landscape and helping underrepresented founders get their shot. We’ll find out what led Aaron down his path to become a visionary CEO, from his days as a public school teacher in West Philadelphia, to selecting his fourth group of fellows in 2018. Aaron...

Duration:00:33:30

Ep 206 - Aaron Walker, Founder & CEO of Camelback Ventures

5/8/2018
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Today, we’ll hear from Aaron Walker, Founder and CEO of Camelback Ventures. Focused on increasing diversity in the startup ecosystem by addressing the many inequities of entrepreneurship and education, Camelback Ventures is shifting the landscape and helping underrepresented founders get their shot. We’ll find out what led Aaron down his path to become a visionary CEO, from his days as a public school teacher in West Philadelphia, to selecting his fourth group of fellows in 2018. Aaron...

Duration:00:33:30

Episode 205 - Julie Lenzer, Co-Director at UM Ventures

5/8/2018
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Today's guest is Julie Lenzer, Co-director of UM Ventures and Associate Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development. Before leading the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the EDA, Julie built a reputation as someone who gets S#!& done. From her early days in Dallas, to spearheading innovation at UM Ventures, Julie has always managed to embrace life's hurdles and turn the negative into a positive. Find out how she got involved in tech, and what she's doing to empower...

Duration:00:43:30

Episode 204 - Kirstie Chadwick, President & CEO of InBIA

5/8/2018
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Somebody has to tell entrepreneurs when their baby is ugly. Today’s guest isn’t afraid to tell founders the harsh truths that face their businesses. Join us as we hear from Kirstie Chadwick, President & CEO of InBIA. As a pioneer in the tech industry, Kirstie got her first taste of #StartupLife when she joined a software company in the early years before they went public. When everyone else went to Silicon Valley during the 90s dot com boom, Kirstie stayed in Florida and managed to forge a...

Duration:00:32:18

Episode 203 - Samson Williams, Co-Founder at Axes and Eggs

5/8/2018
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Today’s guest is Samson Williams. A partner and co-founder at Axes & Eggs, Samson is the internet's go-to cryptocurrency, blockchain, and crowdfunding expert. Growing up in rural Texas, no one was expected to make it further than the edge of town. Samson Williams not only left Texas, but made a name for himself across the world for his no-nonsense problem-solving abilities and financial expertise. Tune in to today’s episode to hear about the Washington D.C. resident who travels around the...

Duration:00:35:34

Episode 202 - Brittney Riley, Former VP at Village Capital

5/8/2018
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In today’s episode, we’ll hear from Brittney Riley, the former VP of U.S. ventures for Village Capital. Brittney Riley doesn’t fit your typical venture capitalist stereotype of an older man in a suit. One of the youngest members of the Village Capital team, Brittney used her grit and newfound passion for startups and business development to break the VC glass ceiling after a successful career as a serial entrepreneur. In today’s episode, we find out what catalyzed her entrepreneurial...

Duration:00:37:29

Episode 201 - Kathryn Finney, CEO of digitalundivided

5/8/2018
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The Startup Catalyst® Podcast is back! Sultan Ventures is launching Season 2 with an important and timely theme: inclusivity in the startup and venture capital community. We're kicking things off with one of the most influential women in entrepreneurship and tech: Kathryn Finney, founder of digitalundivided. Kathryn has been a changemaker in the industry for nearly two decades via her roles as a tech entrepreneur, social media innovator, and investor. In today's episode, we'll hear how she...

Duration:00:31:25

Episode 205 - Julie Lenzer, Co-Director at UM Ventures

5/1/2018
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Today's guest is Julie Lenzer, Co-director of UM Ventures and Associate Vice President of Innovation and Economic Development. Before leading the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship for the EDA, Julie built a reputation as someone who gets S#!& done. From her early days in Dallas, to spearheading innovation at UM Ventures, Julie has always managed to embrace life's hurdles and turn the negative into a positive. Find out how she got involved in tech, and what she's doing to empower...

Duration:00:43:48

Episode 204 - Kirstie Chadwick, President & CEO of InBIA

4/24/2018
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Somebody has to tell entrepreneurs when their baby is ugly. Today’s guest isn’t afraid to tell founders the harsh truths that face their businesses. Join us as we hear from Kirstie Chadwick, President & CEO of InBIA. As a pioneer in the tech industry, Kirstie got her first taste of #StartupLife when she joined a software company in the early years before they went public. When everyone else went to Silicon Valley during the 90s dot com boom, Kirstie stayed in Florida and managed to forge a...

Duration:00:32:36

Episode 203 - Samson Williams, Co-founder at Axes and Eggs

4/17/2018
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Today’s guest is Samson Williams. A partner and co-founder at Axes & Eggs, Samson is the internet's go-to cryptocurrency, blockchain, and crowdfunding expert. Growing up in rural Texas, no one was expected to make it further than the edge of town. Samson Williams not only left Texas, but made a name for himself across the world for his no-nonsense problem-solving abilities and financial expertise. Tune in to today’s episode to hear about the Washington D.C. resident who travels around the...

Duration:00:35:52

Episode 202 - Brittney Riley, Former VP at Village Capital

4/17/2018
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In today’s episode, we’ll hear from Brittney Riley, the former VP of U.S. ventures for Village Capital. Brittney Riley doesn’t fit your typical venture capitalist stereotype of an older man in a suit. One of the youngest members of the Village Capital team, Brittney used her grit and newfound passion for startups and business development to break the VC glass ceiling after a successful career as a serial entrepreneur. In today’s episode, we find out what catalyzed her entrepreneurial...

Duration:00:37:46

Episode 201 - Kathryn Finney, Founder of digitalundivided

4/17/2018
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The Startup Catalyst® Podcast is back! Sultan Ventures is launching Season 2 with an important and timely theme: inclusivity in the startup and venture capital community. We're kicking things off with one of the most influential women in entrepreneurship and tech: Kathryn Finney, founder of digitalundivided. Kathryn has been a changemaker in the industry for nearly two decades via her roles as a tech entrepreneur, social media innovator, and investor. In today's episode, we'll hear how she...

Duration:00:31:43

Episode 126 - Luke Tucker, Venture Associate at Sultan Ventures

10/27/2016
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Aloha podcast world, this is the Startup Catalyst Podcast, the show where we interview entrepreneurs and investors on the stories and catalysts of their startup successes and failures. Today we’ll be flipping the script and guest host Tarik sultan will be interviewing Luke in our Season 1 Finale of The Startup Catalyst Podcast. Luke has a decade of experience working with small businesses and startups with a career ranging from commercial banking, mobile app development, as well as...

Duration:01:16:51

Episode 125 - Ross Baird, Founder and CEO at Village Capital

10/20/2016
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Hello there! This is the Startup catalyst podcast brought to you by Sultan Ventures, the show where we interview entrepreneurs and investors on the stories and catalysts of their startup successes and failures hosted by Luke Tucker. Today’s episode we welcome Ross Baird, Founder and CEO at Village Capital. One of the most amazing stories, I think, in venture these days is the Vilcap Story. You’re going to hear some things not available anywhere else as Ross goes through some awesome...

Duration:00:26:21