The First Buck

The First Buck

This is the First Buck podcast where we feature underrepresented entrepreneurs and the people who support them.


August 23, 2023 28 mins

Jeff Lynn is the Co-founder and Chairman of Seedrs, a company that connects investors with growth-focused European startups. He began his entrepreneurial journey with Seedrs 15 years ago and, prior to that, had a career as a corporate lawyer. 

Jeff is also the Co-founder of Startup Coalition, a nonprofit that pushes for policies that support UK tech startups. Business Insider recognized him as one of the top 10 “Coolest People in U...

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Juanita Gonzalez-Uribe is an Associate Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a world-leading university dedicated to educating students in the social sciences. Juanita’s research focuses on entrepreneurship, innovation, and private equity. Her literature has been published in academic journals, including The Review of Financial Studies and The Journal of Financial Economics, and she has received a...

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Michelle Parsons is a Product Executive in Residence at Product School, the global leader in product training with a growing community of 2 million product professionals. Michelle has leveraged her 15 years in the industry to develop product management certification programs to help product creators achieve their career goals. As a product leader knowledgeable in search, discovery, and personalization, Michelle has implemented solu...

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Seth Levine is the Co-founder of Foundry Group, a venture capitalist agency focused on making early-stage technology investments, participating in select growth rounds, and identifying and supporting the next generation of venture fund managers. Seth is an active participant in the global entrepreneurial ecosystem, serving as a board member and advisor for multiple global venture funds, including The Unreasonable Institute, Lagos-b...

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Paul Solli is the Co-founder and former Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer of Aperio Group, an investment management firm customizing wealth portfolios based on market exposure, taxes, personal values (ESG), factors, and risk. While at Aperio, his team managed over 30 billion dollars in assets. He began his career as a CPA at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Company, a Boston-based accounting firm. Before...

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Jesse Haines is the Managing Director of Growth at Google, the company's $1 billion initiative that has helped over 9 million Americans grow their skills, careers, and businesses. With over a decade of experience at Google, she has played a crucial role in shaping emerging products and platforms while championing social impact efforts. Before joining the search engine giant, Jesse was the VP of Brand Development at Tommy Hilfiger a...

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Rick Wade is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach for the US Chamber of Commerce. In this role, he is responsible for fostering diverse business partnerships through program development, providing counsel on policy issues, and serving as a strong advocate for American-owned businesses. 

Rick has devoted his career to improving communities by strengthening the US economy and advocating for quality education....

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Fabio Rosati is a Chairman at Snagajob, a platform designed to help people find hourly work suited to their skills, maximizing their potential. With an illustrious career that includes serving as the CEO of Elance and Upwork and a board member at Xometry, among others, Fabio continues to shape the employment landscape and bring innovative solutions to the forefront. He is passionate about the potential for the employment market to ...

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Mary Mack is the former CEO of Consumer & Small Business Banking at Wells Fargo. Mary was named one of the top 50 most powerful women in business by Fortune Magazine for six consecutive years, and American Banker List ranked her among the most powerful women in banking. 

With 39 years of experience in the banking industry, she had the opportunity to advocate for entrepreneurs and small businesses nationwide. Her involvement in Well...

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