Founders Episodes

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#29: The founding of Black Valley & the UK tech scene ft. Leke Sholuade

March 21, 2022

My guest for this episode is Leke Sholuade. Leke and I talk about his passion for tech, what influenced him to start the Black Valley program and what's the tech scene like in the UK. Leke started mentoring at University and…

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#28: Talking AI, AI ethics, and microinvesting ft. Chinasa T. Okolo

Jan. 24, 2022

My guest today is Chinasa T. Okolo. In this episode, Chinasa and I talk about her experience in tech, artificial intelligence, and most importantly, artificial intelligence ethics. She also goes over micro investing and how …

Engineering Founders

#26: The journey from "Hello World" to major tech executive ft. Nick Caldwell

Dec. 20, 2021

My guest for this episode is Nick Caldwell. Nick and I talk about what motivated him to get into the tech space, what it takes to become a Black Executive and what he calls the happy to be here mentality when it comes to sta…

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#25: Serial entrepreneur protecting companies from unethical hackers ft. Tiffany Ricks

Aug. 12, 2021

My guest for this episode is Tiffany Ricks. Tiffany has been in the tech industry for over 15 years with an expertise in software engineering and cybersecurity. Her love for cybersecurity originated when she worked at a comp…

Founders Social Entrepreneurs

#23: Why this 23 year old turned down an offer at Google to start his own nonprofit ft. Jehron Petty

July 22, 2021

My guest for this episode is Jehron Petty. Jehron graduated from Cornell University last year and instead of taking a product management job at Google he decided to follow his entrepreneurial passion. At just 23 years old, J…

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#21: Daniel Jimenez - Product Manager and Founder of Debtly

April 21, 2021

My guest for this episode is Daniel Jimenez. Daniel is a growth manager at SqlDBM and founder of Debtly. In this episode, he talks about his deep interest in finance and how that interest sparked the founding of his company.…

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#20: Darius Gant - Founder of Tesoro AI and Tech Investor

April 6, 2021

My guest for this episode is Darius Gant. Darius is the founder of Tesoro AI, an artificial intelligence start up. He's also an investment professional, as well as a former professional basketball player. He talks about how …

Engineering Founders

#15: Ifueko Igbinedion - CTO and Co-founder of Hairtelligence

Feb. 10, 2021

My guest for this episode is Ifueko Igbinedion. Ifueko is the CTO and co-founder of Hairtelligence: a black hair startup looking to innovate the beauty space by use of computer vision. She is an exceptional engineer with ind…

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#14: Whitney Griffith - Pre-Med Student Turned Software Engineer at Microsoft and Social Entrepreneur

Jan. 19, 2021

My guest for this episode is Whitney Griffith. Whitney originally had plans to get into medicine, but her path took a different turn in which she discovered Computer Science at Howard University. She was amazed at the proble…

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#13: Heather Hiles - Founder and CEO of Imminent Equity and Board Member at Udemy

Jan. 6, 2021

My guest for this episode is Heather Hiles. Heather has over 30 years of experience in education. She founded non-profit and for-profit organizations in Break-the-Cycle, San Francisco Works, Pathbrite, and Imminent Equity. S…

Guest: Heather Hiles
Founders Engineering

#12: Tanaka Mutakwa - VP of Engineering at Names & Faces and Founder of NoDaysOff Lifestyle Brand

Dec. 18, 2020

My guest for this episode is Tanaka Mutakwa. Tanaka co-founded and runs a meetup group called Tech Leadership Meetup Cape Town: a community consisting of longtime, new, and aspiring technology leaders. He is also VP of Engin…

Founders Engineering

#11: Charles Arday - Mindset and Well-being Coach and Co-Founder of Winie Inc

Dec. 11, 2020

My guest for this episode is Charles Arday. He is a mindset and wellbeing coach, as well as an Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning hobbyist. Charles is also the current co-founder and CEO of Winie, a startup that pr…

Guest: Charles Arday
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#8: Orion Brown - Solopreneur and Founder of BlackTravelBox

Oct. 27, 2020

In this episode, I speak with the Orion Brown, a solopreneur, who founded Black Travel Box. She breaks down her journey from being Pre-med to Brand Management, and how she discovered an opportunity from the booming black tra…

Guest: Orion Brown
Founders Social Entrepreneurs Social Good

#7: Chanel Power - Accessibility UX Researcher at Apple and Founder of Mentor Me, Chanel!

Oct. 13, 2020

Chanel has had extensive experience in STEM ever since she was a child, and is currently a UX researcher at Apple. She is a strong advocate for helping the black community and is the founder of Mentor, Me Chanel: a program c…

Guest: Chanel Power
Product Management Founders

#6: Kenton Rowland - Product Management Leader and Founder of helloGROOV

Oct. 6, 2020

Kenton is a lover of technology and product manager with experiences at Cardinal Health, Eventbrite, and currently Groups360. Since high school he has grown as an entrepreneurial leader and proves you don't need to go the "t…