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.... Show More

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February 26, 2021 56 min

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Multicultural Mainstream: Reimagining Humanity and Technology

A virtual venture conference hosted by the Columbia Venture Community

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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...
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    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

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    In this episode Ayinde and Dan discussed:

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

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    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...
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    December 19, 2020 32 min

    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:

    Founders Live

    the global venue for entrepreneurs to experience events, content, and community.

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    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...

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    December 16, 2020 42 sec

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    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.


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    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...

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    November 26, 2020 35 min

    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:

    Founders Live

    the global venue for entrepreneurs to experience events, content, and community.

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    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...
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    November 24, 2020 59 sec

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    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...

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    November 12, 2020 60 min

    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:

    Black Women Talk Tech

    a collective of black women tech founders that exists to identify, support and encourage black women to build billion dollar businesses.

    BWTT is hosting Face of the Founder Summit on November 17th, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, and partners for an exciting gathering. Registration is free, but spots are limited. You don’t want to miss it! 

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    In this episode Ki...

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    November 10, 2020 1 min

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    Kirt Debique is Co-Founder, CEO and CTO of SyncFloor, a company revolutionizing discovery and acquisition of music for productions of all types - from advertising and podcasting to filmmaking, TV and eSports. Kirt is a former, fast-rising exec at Microsoft and a founder of his own Indie music label. He has an amazing story that starts with coming to the US to attend college a...

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    October 29, 2020 59 min

    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:

    Founders Live

    the global venue for entrepreneurs to experience events, content, and community.

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    In this episode Bee and Dan discussed:

  • Being the only young black girl who liked Japanese Anime
  • What derailed her journey to be a doctor
  • How blogging uncovered a community, and a business
  • Quirktastic's reset from COVID-19
  • Workin...
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    October 27, 2020 59 sec

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    Bee Law is Founder and CEO of Quirktastic, a social video and networking platform where geeks and hobbyists can join fandom communities and create collaborative video. Bee is a former cytogenetic scientist turned entrepreneur, and Quirktastic with its 200,000+ online followers has been featured in Essence Magazine, TechCrunch and Forbes. Tune in to hear her amazing story.


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    October 15, 2020 1 min

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    Hey Unfound Nation! Can't believe it's already October, 2020. What a year...relentless. At Founders Unfound, we've been working hard to consistently put out episodes all year. The team wanted just a brief break before we finish strong for the year. Don't worry, we will have a new episode ready to go at the end of the month. In the meantime, please take the oppo...

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    October 1, 2020 55 min

    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:

    The Plug

    a media company that lives at the intersection of data and diversity for the startup and tech communities.

    Check it out at tpinsights.com ; Use code UNFOUND to save $10 on an annual subscription.


    In this episode Jim and Dan discussed:

  • Going from Long Island to Pittsburgh
  • Life at Carnegie Mellon
  • His first job as a coder
  • How an inspiration at a lunch meeting lead to MeterFeeder
  • Jim's approach to pay...
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    October 1, 2020 1 min

    Happy Podcast Day everyone!

    A big shoutout to all the great podcasters out there. And thanks to our audience, staff, and our great founder guests!


    - Dan Kihanya, Host



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    September 29, 2020 58 sec

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    Jim Gibbs is Co-founder and CEO of MeterFeeder, a company that predicts parking availability, and enables vehicles to pay for parking with no human interaction. Jim is a brilliant coder and visionary. And he’s out to convince us that...it isn’t even a question - Pittsburgh is the place to be! Make sure to listen in to learn how this developer, who’s built code for the likes of...

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    September 17, 2020 49 min

    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:

    The Plug

    a media company that lives at the intersection of data and diversity for the startup and tech communities.

    Check it out at tpinsights.com ; Use code UNFOUND to save $10 on an annual subscription.


    In this episode Tim and Dan discussed:

  • His journey from Nigeria to Houston
  • Tim's passion for design and serving others
  • How he handled losing a co-founder
  • Guide's 'all-in' pivot during COVID-1...
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    September 15, 2020 59 sec

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    Known as Mr. Future of Work,Tim Salau is founder and CEO of Guide, a platform for bite-size learning and talent development for enterprise remote teams. Tim has built a movement around learning and growth, with a Facebook community topping 300,000 worldwide. He's got his own live show and is a much-sought after speaker and workplace consultant. In the meantime, Tim share&#...

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    August 27, 2020 52 min

    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:

    VertueLab

    a nonprofit fighting climate change by providing funding and holistic entrepreneurial support to cleantech startups.

    This September their annual summit, Fuel 2020, is going digital, spanning over two weeks with short events every day.

    At Fuel 2020 you'll connect with future-focused entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and more.

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    August 25, 2020 1 min

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    Sulaiman "Su" Sanni is founder and CEO of Dollaride. a company helping to solve mobility and transportation for communities that are under-served by public transit. Dollaride is starting in New York, helping to make routes and pickups much more efficient for the city's famous Dollar Vans. Su estimates that there 100 BILLION trips annually through these informal tra...

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