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. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Episodes

September 1, 2023 59 mins

Megan Graham is the Founder and CEO of Ries, a new brand addressing single-use plastic waste in the beauty industry with refillable, reusable travel-size bottles designed for beauty.


Megan spent her formative years in Atlanta, where her father was an anchor for CNN. She attended Florida State University, choosing to major in Textile Science and Fashion Merchandising. Megan translated this into a career in media and fashion, ulti...

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Naza Shelley is Founder and CEO of CarpeDM, an exclusive member-only dating community, created for singles seeking meaningful relationships with professional Black women.


Naza is the daughter of military parents, so she lived in many places growing up. She eventually settled down in Virginia for high school, and then the University of Virginia for college. From a young age, she had aspirations to become an attorney. She pursued ...

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JUNETEENTH 2023 - Part II

In honor of Juneteenth and the 3rd anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, we thought we’d do something a little different this month. Back in June 2020, we did two episodes with black men and black women founders, capturing their raw thoughts, emotions, and insights at the time. These were two of our most popular episodes of all time. And the sentiments shared, and vulnerability shared are as powerful t...

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JUNETEENTH 2023 - Part I

In honor of Juneteenth and the 3rd anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, we thought we’d do something a little different this month. Back in June 2020, we did two episodes with black men and black women founders, capturing their raw thoughts, emotions, and insights at the time. These were two of our most popular episodes of all time. And the sentiments shared, and vulnerability shared are as powerful to...

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May 26, 2023 46 mins

Kofi Gyekye is a serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder of Lane, the world's largest and most innovative workplace experience platform, connecting 300+ properties across 22 cities and 8 countries.


We are trying something a little different with this episode. Kofi along with his cofounder Clinton, has actually built and sold Lane, so not really still unfound.

But he was so interesting and the journey so compelling, I couldn’t resist s...

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April 28, 2023 54 mins

Melissa Brogdon is Co-Founder and CEO of FourthParty, a justice technology company that increases access to mediation services so that people can resolve legal conflicts outside of court.


Proud to hail from Oakland, Melissa was raised by an incredible role model - her great grandmother. Despite opportunities to stay local for college at Berkeley, she followed the urging of a mentor and went to Spelman, a premier HBCU in Atlanta....

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April 14, 2023 55 mins

Chiko Chingaya, Co-Founder and CEO of Talisman, a company building the next generation of software management, offering companies a centralized overview of all their software and SaaS.


Born in post-colonial Zimbabwe, Chiko moved to the US when he was 7, growing up in and around Dallas. With parents always working, Chiko developed a sense of independence, pursuing early passions for writing and the arts. He entered college under ...

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March 17, 2023 61 mins

Donald T Boone, Founder and CEO of BoxedUp, a B2B equipment rental marketplace, similar to the Airbnb for camera gear.


Growing up in Maryland, Donald came from humble beginnings and followed his older brother in pursuit of an engineering degree at the HBCU North Carolina A&T. Donald had distinguished roles at companies like Exxon and Amazon. But as a 3-time founder, the call of entrepreneurship has always been loud in his ea...

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February 28, 2023 54 secs

For the month of February, we are publishing flashback clips from some of our wonderful past episodes. Please a take some time enjoy (again) the full episodes from these founders.

Season 4 of Founders Unfound starts in March!

 

Kistein Monkhouse is Founder and CEO of Patient Orator, a startup that improves healthcare access and breaks down health inequities through an easy-to-use app.

 

Original Episode: No.16, July 2020

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February 27, 2023 57 secs

For the month of February, we are publishing flashback clips from some of our wonderful past episodes. Please a take some time enjoy (again) the full episodes from these founders.

Season 4 of Founders Unfound starts in March!

 

Wole Ayodele is Co-Founder and CEO of Fincra (formerly Fliqpay), a startup that makes it easy for fintech firms, platforms and global businesses to accept local and international payments through an e...

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February 26, 2023 48 secs

For the month of February, we are publishing flashback clips from some of our wonderful past episodes. Please a take some time enjoy (again) the full episodes from these founders.

Season 4 of Founders Unfound starts in March!

 

Roger Roman, Co-Founder of AfriBlocks, the global Pan-African freelance marketplace and collaboration platform. They are building THE resource for devs, designers, and virtual assistants.

 

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For the month of February, we are publishing flashback clips from some of our wonderful past episodes. Please a take some time enjoy (again) the full episodes from these founders.

Season 4 of Founders Unfound starts in March!

 

Patrice Darby Neely is Founder and CEO of GoTackle, the first automated consulting and data analytics platform for small business owners and the vast network of small business supporters.

 

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February 24, 2023 43 secs

For the month of February, we are publishing flashback clips from some of our wonderful past episodes. Please a take some time enjoy (again) the full episodes from these founders.

Season 4 of Founders Unfound starts in March!

 

Kirt Debique is the Co-Founder and CEO of SyncFloor, a company revolutionizing discovery and acquisition of music for productions of all types – from advertising to podcasting, filmmaking to fitness, TV to...

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February 23, 2023 37 secs

For the month of February, we are publishing flashback clips from some of our wonderful past episodes. Please a take some time enjoy (again) the full episodes from these founders.

Season 4 of Founders Unfound starts in March!


Evan Leaphart is the Founder and CEO of Kiddie Kredit, a mobile chore tracking app that teaches kids about credit.


Original Episode: No.29, March 2021

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February 22, 2023 40 secs

For the month of February, we are publishing flashback clips from some of our wonderful past episodes. Please a take some time enjoy (again) the full episodes from these founders.

Season 4 of Founders Unfound starts in March!


Amira Rasool is the Founder and CEO of The Folklore, a conglomerate of B2B, consumer, and media products that enable the global ecosystem to seamlessly discover, connect with, and shop African and diasp...

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February 21, 2023 58 secs

For the month of February, we are publishing flashback clips from some of our wonderful past episodes. Please a take some time enjoy (again) the full episodes from these founders.

Season 4 of Founders Unfound starts in March!


Kwame Boler is Co-Founder and CEO of Spritz (formerly Neu), an app that helps house cleaners automate and grow their business.


Original Episode: No.2, April 2019

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February 20, 2023 51 secs

For the month of February, we are publishing flashback clips from some of our wonderful past episodes. Please a take some time enjoy (again) the full episodes from these founders.

Season 4 of Founders Unfound starts in March!


Cheraé Robison is Founder and CEO Tastemakers Africa, a company that connects black millennials to culture forward experiences.

Cheraé is also the Head of Community for Flybridge Capital Partners


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February 19, 2023 58 secs

For the month of February, we are publishing flashback clips from some of our wonderful past episodes. Please a take some time enjoy (again) the full episodes from these founders.

Season 4 of Founders Unfound starts in March!


Serge Amouzou is Founder and CEO of Datatrixs (formerly Finmod), a startup building the best data-capture and analytical reviews software for accounting firms, financial institutions, and beyond.


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February 18, 2023 42 secs

For the month of February, we are publishing flashback clips from some of our wonderful past episodes. Please a take some time enjoy (again) the full episodes from these founders.

Season 4 of Founders Unfound starts in March!


Melanie Akwule is Founder and CEO of MINWO, an economic development tech company that helps organizations provide culturally informed business development support to the Black founders they serve.


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February 17, 2023 38 secs

For the month of February, we are publishing flashback clips from some of our wonderful past episodes. Please a take some time enjoy (again) the full episodes from these founders.

Season 4 of Founders Unfound starts in March!


Baratunde Cola is Founder and CEO of Carbice, a company revolutionizing thermal cooling for the global electronics market.


Original Episode: No.4, September 2019

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