Founders Unfound

Founders Unfound

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.

Episodes

July 16, 2021 51 min

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,...

Share
Mark as Played

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. S...

Share
Mark as Played
July 2, 2021 54 min

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 FinT...

Share
Mark as Played

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? Wha...

Share
Mark as Played
June 18, 2021 60 min

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 soothi...

Share
Mark as Played
June 11, 2021 52 min

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:

  • growing up in Durham NC
  • The call to engineering
  • The career arc between academia and entrepreneurship
  • Why the legal system can feel rigged
  • How African Americans are, by necessity, innovative a...
  • Share
    Mark as Played
    May 29, 2021 59 min
    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:

  • growing up in the same town as Zach Braff and SZA
  • The blog that explored Bobbie Austin's Closet
  • Her college experience in CapeTown South Africa
  • How her vision for The Folklore originated long before the company
  • Her great advice fo...
  • Share
    Mark as Played
    May 13, 2021 51 min

    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 discuss...

    Share
    Mark as Played
    April 29, 2021 50 min

    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 discus...

    Share
    Mark as Played
    April 20, 2021 58 min

    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 business...

    Share
    Mark as Played
    March 26, 2021 54 min


    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 collabor...

    Share
    Mark as Played
    March 11, 2021 49 min


    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:

  • Growing up in the Bronx - and still living there!
  • Her personal experiences with healthcare inequity
  • How her view working 'inside' healthcare moved her to launch her startup
  • The legacy of courage...
  • Share
    Mark as Played
    February 26, 2021 56 min

    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:

  • Starting life in Haiti
  • How she's combined science and finance into a career
  • The lessons of "t...
  • Share
    Mark as Played
    February 11, 2021 54 min

    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:

  • Growing up in DC
  • How his name is as much an &...
  • Share
    Mark as Played
    December 31, 2020 34 min

    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:

  • We review 2020 and where our past guests came from
  • The effects of George Floyd on these founders, their companies and communities
  • To be a black founder in 2020 is to be...
  • Founders speak with optimism about plans f...
  • Share
    Mark as Played
    December 19, 2020 32 min

    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:

  • We review 2020 and where our past guests are collectively
  • Updates from 7 previous guest founders
  • Insights on COVID-19's impact for: business, employees, fundraising

  • For our last episode of the year, we've b...

    Share
    Mark as Played
    December 16, 2020 42 sec

    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.

    Share
    Mark as Played
    December 2, 2020 1 min

    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 en...

    Share
    Mark as Played
    November 26, 2020 35 min

    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:

  • Growing up in the slums of Lagos Nigeria
  • Key philosophies: fall forward + you are enough
  • The transition from balmy Nigeria to frigid Minnesota
  • his first startup which gave access to wate...
  • Share
    Mark as Played
    November 24, 2020 59 sec

    Follow Founders Unfound : Like and share - help us grow!


    Abbey Wemimo is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Esusu, the leading financial technology platform that leverages data solutions to empower tenants and improve property performance. Abbey was raised in Lagos Nigeria, came to the US for college, worked on Obama’s re-election campaign, launched his first start up, and even did a stint with Goldman Sachs - all this before starting Esusu w...

    Share
    Mark as Played

    Popular Podcasts

    • If you can never get enough true crime... Congratulations, you’ve found your people.

    • Dr. Death

      We’re at our most vulnerable when we go to our doctors. We trust the person at the other end of that scalpel. We trust the hospital. We trust the system. Christopher Duntsch was a neurosurgeon who radiated confidence. He claimed he was the best in Dallas. If you had back pain, and had tried everything else, Dr. Duntsch could give you the spine surgery that would take your pain away. But soon his patients started to experience complications, and the system failed to protect them. Which begs the question: who - or what - is that system meant to protect? From Wondery, the network behind the hit podcast Dirty John, DR. DEATH is a story about a charming surgeon, 33 patients and a spineless system. Reported and hosted by Laura Beil.

    • The Daily

      This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.

    • Dateline NBC

      Current and classic episodes, featuring compelling true-crime mysteries, powerful documentaries and in-depth investigations.

    • Stuff You Should Know

      If you've ever wanted to know about champagne, satanism, the Stonewall Uprising, chaos theory, LSD, El Nino, true crime and Rosa Parks then look no further. Josh and Chuck have you covered.

    Facebook comments will no longer be available on iHeart

    We're taking steps to simplify your experience. If you want to reach out to our hosts or stations, please do so via their website or social media. If you need any assistance please check out our help site.

    Chat About Founders Unfound

    Advertise With Us
    Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeartRadio App.

    Connect

    © 2021 iHeartMedia, Inc.