Season 1: Guest
To help provide actionable steps for navigating the Startup and Venture Capital Ecosystem for underrepresented founders, we interviewed Founders, VCs, and Ecosystem Builders that identify with this group and that have found success in the field.
Jackson Cummings is an investor at Salesforce Ventures; which is a Corporate Venture Capital firm that has invested in companies such as Box, Dropbox, and Ncino. On this episode, we discuss acquiring CVC investment, CVC benefits, the startup-investor relationship, and more!. Check it out here.
Garry Johnson is a startup founder and ecosystem builder. He founded First Founder's Accelerator; which is an early stage accelerator targeting underrepresented founders. On this episode, we discuss the importance of Accelerators, Pitch Decks, Demo Day, and more. Check it out here.
Dana Wilson is the Founder and CEO of CHIP Professionals; which is a FinTech startup looking to increase visibility and access to financial professionals of color. On this episode, we discuss key topics such as Building a Team, Creating a Prototype, Importance of Community in the Startup Space, and more!. Check out the episode here.
Amanda Johnson is the Co-Founder and COO of Mented Cosmetics; which is a beauty startup providing products to women of all HUEs. On this episode, we discuss Mented's journey with key topics such as finding Problem Market-Fit, utilizing Influencer Marketing, and Supply Chain Management. Check out the episode here.
Amira Ouji is a Director of Portfolio Engagement at Revolution fund. She also is a founding team member of HBCUvc. On this episode, we learn about her journey of breaking into venture capital and the importance of an HBCU network. Check out the episode here.
Mercedes Bent is a partner at Lightspeed Ventures, where she focuses on investing into early stage consumer startups. Prior to this role, Mercedes worked as an operator at large corporations to high growth startups. On this episode, we discuss building a great consumer startup, growing and scaling, and raising funding. Check it out here.
Co-Founder & CEO
of ZeroStoreFront (formerly EatGeek)
Collin Wallace is the founder of ZeroStoreFront; which helps connect restaurant applications to drive more orders and better customer experiences. Collin has successfully exited 3 of his startups. On this episode, we discuss the process of being acquired, acquiring B2B customers, raising a round, and more. Check it out here.
Harlem Capital is an early stage venture fund with a goal of investing in a 1,000 diverse founders over the next 20 years. On this episode, we gain insight of key learnings from HC's $40M fund raise, how HC evaluates startups, alternative sources of capital, and the VC/founder relationship. Check it out here.
Players' Lounge is an eSports startup that connects gamers and allows them to compete competitively for cash. Austin has been able to raise $3.7M in venture funding and has participated in Y Combinator Cohort 18. We discuss building an MVP, influencer marketing, scaling business, and raising a round. Check it out here.
Backstage Capital is a Venture Capital firm focused on investing in underrepresented founders. The firm has invested in 100+ underrepresented founders. On this episode we gain insight on Arlan's perspective on what makes a good startup, overcoming challenges as a diverse founder, and navigating COVID-19. Check it out here.
Cherae has been featured in large media publications such as TechCrunch and has successfully raised a $1M seed round led by Precursor Ventures. On this episode we discuss building a team, influencer marketing, raising a round, and so much more! Check it out here.