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Why Diverse Tech Founders? Whether you know a lot or a little about venture capital, you likely desire inside game when it comes to early stage startups. What better way than to hear it directly from those who have done it. Our goal is to eradicate imposter syndrome by opening up a community of tech startup founders, emerging managers, and ecosystem builders (including, but not limited to, yes lawyers). What is Diverse Tech Founders podcast? We host personal conversations with folks in our personal networks because Diverse Tech Founder relationships are deeper, and not surface-level. More than just PR and marketing for guests, join us in generating a community building a web of creators and innovators who connect with one another to gain an edge. read less
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How to Redirect Anxiety and Spread Inpathy? Ziarekenya Smith (Founder) | Inpathy | (Detroit, MI) | (Season 4: Episode 1)
Feb 1 2024
How to Redirect Anxiety and Spread Inpathy? Ziarekenya Smith (Founder) | Inpathy | (Detroit, MI) | (Season 4: Episode 1)
Tired of the highlight reel? Craving genuine connection and emotional honesty online? Inpathy is here to revolutionize social media by embracing your full human experience.Co-founded by Ziarekenya Smith and Kathryn Young, Inpathy rejects the "perfect or nothing" pressure of traditional platforms. Instead, it fosters transparency, empathy, and authentic expression.Why? Because Ziarekenya, struggling with real emotions, felt silenced by the unwritten rules of social media. He realized: life has valleys, not just peaks, and sharing only the good paints an unrealistic picture. Kathryn's background in mental health confirmed the harm this inflicts on young people, leading to anxiety, depression, and disconnection. Inpathy is different. It focuses on three core human principles:Emotions. Sharing how you feel, good or bad, is encouraged. You'll see moods fluctuate, reflecting the true human experience.Stories. Share your authentic stories, the triumphs, and struggles, through video and audio, fostering deeper connection.Community. Forget "likes" and followers. Build genuine connections by communicating directly, just like in real life.Here's what makes Inpathy unique:No likes, views, or followers: Focus on real connection, not validation.Open & inclusive: Express yourself freely without judgment.Human-centered design: No more comparing curated highlight reels.Promotes emotional well-being: Normalize moods and reduce social media's negative impact.Ready to ditch the fake and reconnect with your humanity? Join the Inpathy waitlist and be part of the social media revolution!Additional Information:Website: https://www.inpathy.co/Waitlist: https://linktr.ee/inpathyZiarekenya Smith's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ziarekenyasmith/Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/Ranked in the top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.See you inside…
How to Create Palm Wine Without Chopping Down Trees? Onye Ahanotu (Founder) | Ikenga Wines | (Oakland, CA) | (Season 3: Episode 17)
Dec 12 2023
How to Create Palm Wine Without Chopping Down Trees? Onye Ahanotu (Founder) | Ikenga Wines | (Oakland, CA) | (Season 3: Episode 17)
Onye Ahanotu is the founder of Ikenga Wines (Bev Tech). Did you come of age christening weddings and graduations with palm wine? Have no idea palm trees could even produce wine?Growing up in wine country, Sonoma County, right next door to Napa Valley, Onye's curiosity about palm wine began as he merged his Nigerian heritage with his African American surroundings and culture. This curiosity ultimately led Onye into the lab where he used his elite chemistry education to produce a first of its kind beverage.Join us in the Oakland studio as we try Onye's palm wine for the very first time.  Inside you'll learn why the palm wine industry is ripe for domination in the United States and how Onye built a defensible moat around his product.Onye and I dive deep into palm wine history and culture, including some unexpected turns in food culture in the United States.Why Interview Onye Ahanotu?Onye is an educator at heart, and you'll learn what many people don't know about traditional palm wine.   You'll hear exactly what Onye was going for in his taste testing experiments.  As a founder, you'll discover how to find founder-market-fit.As an investor, you will learn a new way founders are filling a growing need to satisfy tastes for the newest Americans.Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/Ranked in the top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.See you inside…Questions Answered Inside:1. Who is Onye Ahanotu?2. Why his Palm Wine lasts so long?3. Can you really tell the difference between red and white grape wines?Connect With Onye Ahanotu ->LinkedIn: Onye AhanotuWebsite: Ikenga Wines
How Blockchain Can Disrupt Hollywood? Sharif Bennett (Founder) | CineBlock | (Los Angeles, CA) | (Season 3: Episode 16)
Nov 17 2023
How Blockchain Can Disrupt Hollywood? Sharif Bennett (Founder) | CineBlock | (Los Angeles, CA) | (Season 3: Episode 16)
Sharif Bennett is the co-founder of CineBlock (Film Tech). As the topic of AI becomes central to the future of Hollywood, three co-founders are looking to give content creators a boost, to get their films funded.After seeing the inside of IBM and GitLab (including its IPO), Sharif and fellow co-founders decided to leverage their love of movies with their financial acumen to build CineBlock, a platform where fans, directors, and writers can bring their stories to life. CineBlock is launching its go-to platform where you can save time and resources in producing films.Download CineBlock and tell your story here.Sharif and I dive deep into film and comedy history and discuss the recent writer's strike.Why Interview Sharif Bennett?Sharif discusses several stories about his personal film and tech journey.   You'll learn everything you thought you wanted to know about how films are made by an actor.As a founder, you'll learn how common objections you'll hear when building a FinTech company.As an investor, you will learn trends in film tech.Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/Ranked in the top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.See you inside…Questions Answered Inside:1. Who is Sharif Bennett?2. Why do award-winning filmmakers struggle to make money?3. How can you support your favorite content?Connect With Sharif Bennett ->LinkedIn: Sharif BennettCineBlock Website: CineBlockYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/CineBlockFilms
How to Discuss Fertility in the Workplace and at Home? Blair Matthews (Founder) | zuri fertility | (Chicago, IL) | (Season 3: Episode 15)
Oct 27 2023
How to Discuss Fertility in the Workplace and at Home? Blair Matthews (Founder) | zuri fertility | (Chicago, IL) | (Season 3: Episode 15)
Blair Matthews is the co-founder of zuri fertility (Fertility Tech). Whether you're a young professional unconcerned about family planning, or a couple struggling to conceive, zuri fertility makes it easy to learn what help you need and where to get it.This story begins with a years-long journey to get pregnant. If it weren't for this couple's medical network, the journey would have taken even longer. When you join the app, you immediately have access to resources to shorten your journey to conceive (which can take $100,000+.zuri fertility is launching its go-to platform where you can save time and money on your fertility journey. Download zuri fertility and start gaining peace of mind here. Blair's episode is a first of its kind, diving deep into how to leverage collegiate resources and accelerators to level up.Why Interview Blair Matthews?Blair discusses several stories about his personal fertility journey.   You'll learn everything you thought you wanted to know about fertility from someone who successfully navigated it.As a founder, you'll learn how to gain community traction.As an investor, you will learn trends in fertility tech and Chicago's startup ecosystem.Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/Ranked in the top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.See you inside…Questions Answered Inside:1. Who is Blair Matthews?2. Why 20 year olds should care about fertility?3. How can you navigate the changing workplace?Connect With Blair Matthews ->LinkedIn: Blair Matthewszuri fertility Website: https://www.zurifertility.com/Download App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/zuri-fertility/id1642565244
How to Build a Sneaker Marketplace? Mbiyimoh Ghogomu (Founder) | Tradeblock | (Austin, TX) | (Season 3: Episode 14)
Oct 2 2023
How to Build a Sneaker Marketplace? Mbiyimoh Ghogomu (Founder) | Tradeblock | (Austin, TX) | (Season 3: Episode 14)
Mbiyimoh Ghogomu is the co-founder of Tradeblock (Sneaker Tech). Whether you're an OG sneakerhead or new to the game, Tradeblock makes it easy to trade for the kicks you want without breaking the bank.This story begins with a desire to trade sneakers for sneakers around the world, with a little cash or additional pairs to sweeten the trade. When you join the marketplace, you immediately have access to trade requests for endless pairs of your favorite sneakers, both new and used. Tradeblock is the only platform where you can trade kicks with other collectors and influencers like Penny Hardaway.Download Tradeblock and start trading here. Mbiyimoh's episode is a first of its kind, diving deep into how to build a marketplace with pre-launch strategies from BigTech insights. Why Interview Mbiyimoh Ghogomu?Mbiyimoh discusses several stories about Tradeblock's meteoric rise, for the first time.   You'll learn everything you thought you wanted to know about sneaker culture from an insider.As a founder, you'll learn how to gain community traction.As an investor, you will learn trends in fashion tech and Austin's startup ecosystem.Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/Ranked in the top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.See you inside…Questions Answered Inside:1. Who is Mbiyimoh Ghogomu?2. Why trading among collectors is preferred to straight cash deals?3. How can you build a genuine marketplace starting from zero inventory?Connect With Mbiyimoh Ghogomu ->LinkedIn: Mbiyimoh Ghogomu Tradeblock Website: https://www.tradeblock.us/Download App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tradeblock/id1544090672Watch Penny Hardaway's Collection: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tradeblock/id1544090672
How to Land Your Dream Job in Music? Nikki Sanz (Founder) | Giggs | (Nashville, TN) | (Season 3: Episode 13)
Sep 4 2023
How to Land Your Dream Job in Music? Nikki Sanz (Founder) | Giggs | (Nashville, TN) | (Season 3: Episode 13)
Nikki Sanz is the founder of Giggs (Music Tech), the only social networking and job posting platform for the Touring Industry.Question: How do tour managers find talent for your favorite artist when they can't just go on LinkedIn? Answer: Giggs Giggs is the only platform dedicated to the music industry touring professionals & businesses looking to find and fill jobs on the road. It's time to make our ‘word of mouth’ industry thrive online.Join the Giggs Waitlist here.After investing her graduate school funds into a music tech company with zero tech background, learn how Nikki is helping an industry that traditionally found jobs via word of mouth, enter the tech world via a closed community you can apply to join.  Why Interview Nikki Sanz?Nikki reveals her personal childhood healthcare story for the first time publicly.   Learn about music tech and how the music touring industry works?As a founder, you'll learn how to overcome early challenges and gain traction.As an investor, you will learn trends in Nashville's startup ecosystem.Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/Ranked in the top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.See you inside…Questions Answered Inside:1. Who is Nikki Sanz?2. Why is Nashville such a hub for music tech?3. How can you access one of Nashville's most valuable music-tech resources?Connect With Nikki SanzLinkedIn: Nikki Sanz Giggs Website: https://giggs.live/
Why Chicago is a Hub for Health-Tech? Olyvia Phillips (Ecosystem Builder) | (Chicago, IL) | (Season 3: Episode 12)
Aug 14 2023
Why Chicago is a Hub for Health-Tech? Olyvia Phillips (Ecosystem Builder) | (Chicago, IL) | (Season 3: Episode 12)
Olyvia Phillips is manager of equity initiatives at MATTER. After overcoming a chronic childhood condition, Olyiva made public health and health care advocacy her life's missions, although not without ongoing realizations along the way that ultimately brought her to the center of health equity work in Chicago. She is experienced Public Health and Project Management Professional with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit sector, specifically focusing on healthcare, public health, and community initiatives.Why Interview Olyvia Phillips?Olyvia reveals her personal childhood healthcare story for the first time publicly.   Learn whether efforts in health care equity are working?As a founder, you'll learn how best to leverage startup incubators and accelerators.As an investor, you will learn trends in Chicago's startup ecosystem.Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/Ranked in the top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.See you inside…Questions Answered Inside:1. Who is Olyvia Phillips?2. Why is Chicago such a hub for healthcare equity?3. How can you access once of Chicago's most valuable health-tech resources?Connect With Olyvia PhillipsLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/olyphil/MATTER Website: https://matter.health/join
How to Qualify for Your Next Home + Joining 12 Startup Accelerators? Bryan Young (Founder) | Home Lending Pal  (Orlando, FL) | (Season 3: Episode 11)
Jul 31 2023
How to Qualify for Your Next Home + Joining 12 Startup Accelerators? Bryan Young (Founder) | Home Lending Pal (Orlando, FL) | (Season 3: Episode 11)
Bryan Young is the founder and CEO of Home Lending Pal. After leaving college a year early for silicon valley and exiting a couple of tech startups, Bryan put his skills to work helping political candidates (including a President of the United States).Now Bryan is putting clients in homes, using next-generation artificial intelligence technology to qualify you for a home you can afford. Why is it such a mystery to qualify for a home, despite being pre-approved? We get into this topic and more inside. Also, if you are considering joining an accelerator, learn from a founder who has raised $4M+ and graduated from 12 accelerators. -When Bryan and I sat down outside of a local Orlando coffee shop, his insights into navigating multiple cultures and business environments left me on the edge of my seat.-If you are a founder or an investor learn more about housing and cap table management, this may be the most essential interview you hear this week.Why Interview Bryan Young?Bryan reveals the secrets he used to become a wolf among other wolves.  How to build a network from scratch (by trying new experiences)?As a founder, you'll learn the pluses and minuses of startup accelerators.As an investor, you will learn what crafty founders are doing during the due diligence phase to screen investors.What Will I Learn From This Episode?As a founder or emerging fund manager, you'll learn what it takes to avoid costly relationship blunders.Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/Ranked in the top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.See you inside…Questions Answered Inside:1. Who is Bryan Young from Orlando, Florida?2. What is Home Lending Pal, and why mortgage lending tech has one of the largest markets in real estate?3. What green flags can help founders succeed in new communities?Connect With Home Lending PalWebsite: https://www.homelendingpal.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/home-lending-pal/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/homelendingpal/Connect With Bryan YoungEmail: hello@homelendingpal.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bryanyoung1/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bryanyounghlp/?hl=en
More on How to Engage... Madilynn Beck (Founder) | The Better Spot (Atlanta, GA) | (Season 3: Episode 10)
Jul 17 2023
More on How to Engage... Madilynn Beck (Founder) | The Better Spot (Atlanta, GA) | (Season 3: Episode 10)
Madilynn Beck is founder and CEO of The Better Spot. After a world-rocking healthcare scare, Madilynn sought to change her future wellness experiences, launching a physical space where wellness professionals could invite their clients. As the world shifted, Madilynn expanded her footprint online and that's where even more insights began to emerge.-When Madilynn and I sat down in a local Atlanta coffee shop, her insights into moderating a forum and community building left me on the edge of my seat.-A mini-influencer on Twitter and LinkedIn, Madilynn's straight talk and humorous delivery will leave you inspired, educated, and wanting more. But you'll have to wait until next week for Part II.-If you are a founder with little to no business operations background or an investor who wants to help founders who fit this profile, this may be the most important interview you hear this week.Why Interview Madilynn Beck? Madilynn reveals the secrets she used to grow an engaged community for highly specialized professionals.  How to start with a lean mindset?As a founder, you'll learn how Madilynn puts users first.As an investor, you will learn crafty ways founders are building not just a following, but an audience.What Will I Learn From This Episode?As a founder or emerging fund manager, you'll learn what it takes to avoid crickets among your users and how to get them talking.Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/Ranked in the top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.See you inside…Questions Answered Inside:1. Who is Madilynn Beckk from the Southside of Chicago?2. What is The Better Spot, and which complaints in the wellness space is The Better Spot addressing?3. What green flags can help founders win over their community?Learn how to connect with Madilynn inside Part II of the episode
How to Ignite Conversations for User Engagement? Madilynn Beck (Founder) | The Better Spot (Atlanta, GA) | (Season 3: Episode 9)
Jul 3 2023
How to Ignite Conversations for User Engagement? Madilynn Beck (Founder) | The Better Spot (Atlanta, GA) | (Season 3: Episode 9)
Madilynn Beck is founder and CEO of The Better Spot. After a world-rocking healthcare scare, Madilynn sought to change her future wellness experiences, launching a physical space where wellness professionals could invite their clients. As the world shifted, Madilynn expanded her footprint online and that's where even more insights began to emerge. -When Madilynn and I sat down in a local Atlanta coffee shop, her insights into moderating a forum and community building left me on the edge of my seat.-A mini-influencer on Twitter and LinkedIn, Madilynn's straight talk and humorous delivery will leave you inspired, educated, and wanting more. But you'll have to wait until next week for Part II.-If you are a founder with little to no business operations background or an investor who wants to help founders who fit this profile, this may be the most important interview you hear this week.Why Interview Madilynn Beck? Madilynn reveals the secrets she used to grow an engaged community for highly specialized professionals.  How to start with a lean mindset?As a founder, you'll learn how Madilynn puts users first.As an investor, you will learn crafty ways founders are building not just a following, but an audience.What Will I Learn From This Episode?As a founder or emerging fund manager, you'll learn what it takes to avoid crickets among your users and how to get them talking.Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/Ranked in the top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.See you inside…Questions Answered Inside:1. Who is Madilynn Beck from the Southside of Chicago?2. What is The Better Spot, and which complaints in the wellness space is The Better Spot addressing?3. What green flags can help founders win over their community?Learn how to connect with Madilynn inside Part II of the episode
You Reached $1M in Revenue, Now What? Jonathan J Mentor (Biz Growth) | Successment (Orlando, FL by way of Bronx, NY) | (Season 3: Episode 4)
May 8 2023
You Reached $1M in Revenue, Now What? Jonathan J Mentor (Biz Growth) | Successment (Orlando, FL by way of Bronx, NY) | (Season 3: Episode 4)
Jonathan Mentor is CEO of Successment, igniting revenue for diverse B2B startups with "RevOps".As a coffee shop barista on the Upper East Side, Jonathan watched countless millionaires leisurely stop by in the middle of the afternoon for frozen lattes and expressos. He knew there was little difference between he and they, and he wanted to know "why not me"When a chance to work in corporate emerged, Jonathan used this big break to become a top producer. Then he was fired. Hence, Successment was born. With a proven, data-driven strategy, Jonathan has built Successment into an emerging brand that helps startups go from $1M in annual recurring revenue to $10M in annual recurring revenue. This isn't your grandmother's marketing firm because Jonathan is growing Successment using "RevOps Science" to unlock your company's additional revenue streams where you least expect it.In Part I, you'll get to know how Jonathan founded Successment, the ideology that got him here, and the shift from corporate assimilation to living an authentic self. Why Interview Jonathan Mentor?Jonathan has built a seven-figure business by helping seven-figure businesses. You'll learn how Jonathan saves companies hundreds of thousands of dollars in marketing and advertising budgets.Why Listen?Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/Ranked in top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.See you inside…Questions Answered Inside:1. How did growing up in New York City (Bronx) shape you as an entrepreneur?2. How did you overcome being fired as a top producer?3. Where did you get the idea for Successment?
How to Pivot from Non-Profit Executive Director to VC? Marlon Evans (VC) | Nex Cubed (Redwood City, CA) | (Season 3: Episode 3)
May 1 2023
How to Pivot from Non-Profit Executive Director to VC? Marlon Evans (VC) | Nex Cubed (Redwood City, CA) | (Season 3: Episode 3)
Marlon Evans is CEO of Nex Cubed, an innovation investor that infuses capital to accelerate and scale frontier tech companies. With the recent launch of a $40M fund targeting HBCUs, we discuss the impact that college football at Stanford and being a Girl Dad has had on Marlon's leadership style and penchant for identifying superstar founders and LPs. -One chance encounter generated a benefactor turned mentor who set Marlon on his VC journey.-As a former college football play, Marlon learned how to tackle adversity both on and off the field, while supporting his family.-If you are an emerging manager or founder looking to tap into a second wind, this may be the most important interview you hear this week.Why Interview Marlon Evans?Marlon has experience closing flagship funds from Silicon Valley. You'll learn one of the biggest differences in founders from HBCUs and how to help them succeed.What Will I Learn From This Episode?As a founder or emerging fund manager, you'll learn how to balance high standards with a humanized approach.Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/Ranked in top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.See you inside…Questions Answered Inside:1. Who is Marlon Evans?2. Which NFL great had the most impact on your VC journey?3. What's different about Nex Cubed?
Do Podcasts Help Your Brand? Kenneth Groom (Journalist) | Beyond Normal Media (Charlotte, NC) | (Season 3: Episode 2)
Apr 24 2023
Do Podcasts Help Your Brand? Kenneth Groom (Journalist) | Beyond Normal Media (Charlotte, NC) | (Season 3: Episode 2)
Kenny Groom is a journalist and founder of Beyond Normal Media. With nearly 70 interviews and 5 seasons under his belt, we discuss the impact that media has in the startup space, particularly on the podcast circuit. Storytelling in media can elevate your business simply by getting a clear message in front of more people (including potential customers). -On a recent trip to Charlotte, Kenny and I returned to his alma mater, Wake Forest Business School, to discuss what makes podcast interviews such a powerful media tool for founders. -As startup mentor, Kenny refines your story for the airways.-If you are a founder struggling to tell your story, or an investor who wants to help founders who fit this profile, this may be the most important interview you hear this week.Why Interview Kenny Groom?Kenny lays out his media story and why journalism is a must for the startup community. Why podcasts work?What Will I Learn From This Episode?As a founder or emerging fund manager, you'll learn the unique power of storytelling on podcasts.Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/Ranked in top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.See you inside…Questions Answered Inside:1. Who is Kenny Groom?2. How did you get started in VC?3. What's the most valuable thing podcasts do for guests?