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Founders Unfound

Spotlighting exceptional entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds

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
Latest Episode9/17/2020

Tim Salau - Guide

OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:The Pluga media company that lives at the intersection of data and diversity for the startup and tech communities.Check it out attpinsights.com ; Use code UNFOUND to save $10 on an annual subscription.In this episode Tim and Dan discussed:His journey from Nigeria to HoustonTim's passion for design and serving othersHow he handled losing a co-founderGuide's 'all-in' pivot during COVID-19Tim's vision for where Guide can goEpisode Shout Outs:Taban CosmosBackstage CapitalTim Salau has that crazy positive energy. It comes through like a smile over the microphone. Tim is one of those folks...after a conversation with him, you just feel ready to go.Tim's mission is to aim his passion for design at building things that serve others. So it's easy to see why he wears so many hats. He is a dynamic speaker, tech influencer, innovator, and content producer. And he’s known as Mr. Future of Work for his visionary perspective on the subject. He's even got his own tea brand coming out!On top of all that, Tim is co-founder, and CEO of Guide, a platform for bite-sized learning and talent development for Enterprise remote teams. Guide allows companies to put training and corporate learning directly and easily into the hands of the creators and the learners. How it began, and how it evolved is quite a tale.Make sure to listen in.MORE on TIM AND GUIDETIM:@timsalau [TW], [IG]https://www.linkedin.com/in/timsalau/https://www.timsalau.com/GUIDE:guideapp.co@GuideHQ_ [TW]https://www.linkedin.com/company/mentorsmentees/Follow Founders Unfound: Like and share - help us grow!PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
8/27/2020

Su Sanni Dollaride

OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:VertueLaba 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.Founders Unfound listeners: Use the code FOUNDERSFRIEND for 20% off your ticket.Learn more at 2020fuel.orgThe PlugCheck it out attpinsights.com ; Use code UNFOUND to save $10 on our annual subscription.In this episode Su and Dan discussed:His baby son (who joined us in the background)Going from Brooklyn to the CA coast for high schoolHaving dollar van entrepreneurs in his familyAgency v. serendipity (aka making it happen vs. luck)What he learned from startups #1 and #2Why he chose crowdfundingEpisode Shout Outs:Cate SchoolBoy's Club of New York43NorthWeDidItRepublicGrowing up, Su Sanni thought he was going to be a doctor. Once out of college, it was music entrepreneur. Then the world of sales came calling. Su believes all these experiences and aspirations led him to where he ended up...a tech startup founder. His first company: folded. The second, WeDidIt: acquired. So now he's back at it for a 3rd time, with his biggest vision yet.Su (short for Sulaiman) Sanni is Co-founder and CEO of Dollaride, a mobility company for communities that are under-served by public transit. Su points out that there are over 100 Billion trips globally every year facilitated by informal transit systems. These informal alternatives arose to fill the 'transit deserts' left under supported by formal, public transportation options.Yet, within the informal transit ecosystem, there aren't tools to efficiently match rider demand with the supply of drivers and vehicles. Dollaride wants to change that with their new app. They are starting in Su's backyard - the boroughs of New York City. And they are working with the well-known dollar vans who canvas the areas 'between' the subway stops. Guess where the company got its name?Su is our second founder in a row who is crushing his fund-raise using crowdfunding!Listen in to hear his story.MORE on SU AND DOLLARIDESU:@TheSuSanni [TW]https://www.linkedin.com/in/sulaimansanni/Startup Grind Fireside ChatDOLLARIDE:@Dollaride [TW]@Dollaride [IG]https://www.linkedin.com/company/dollaride/https://republic.co/dollarideFollow Founders Unfound: Like and share - help us grow!PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
8/13/2020

Tiffany Kelly Curastory

OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:VertueLaba nonprofit fighting climate change by providing funding and holistic entrepreneurial support to cleantech startups.This September their annual summit, Fuel 2020, is going digital.At Fuel 2020 you'll connect with future-focused entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and more.Founders Unfound listeners: Use the code FOUNDERSFRIEND for 20% off your ticket.Learn more at 2020fuel.orgBLCK VCConnect up atblackvc.com or follow @BLCKVC for more about their programs and events.In this episode Tiffany and Dan discussed:Her passion and connection to sports and dataBeing one of only five to present to thousands at an MIT hack-a-thonHer journey through working at ESPNHow an NCAA new rule changed everything for her startupGetting fuel from being underestimatedEpisode Shout Outs:WefunderIndie HackersMVP Institute [Travis Brodeen]Y Combinator Startup SchoolTiffany Kelly loves sports. And she’s a rock star data scientist. She combined these into a dream job with ESPN. She got to dig deep into the sports analytics and data that preoccupy teams, fans, and fantasy devotees alike. She even invented a new stat! It was while at ESPN, however, that Tiffany saw firsthand how brand and media power were shifting with digital and social.Athletes were emerging as personalities with their own platforms and fan followings. But she saw a hole…video. It’s still too darn hard!! So she quit her job and launched her startup.Tiffany is the founder and CEO ofCurastory, a company that makes it easy to get started in video. They allow creators to upload, edit, find a sponsor, and distribute video with one click to their social channels, all 100% free. Curastory is launching with a target market where they have recent national approval and first-mover advantage – professional and NCAA student-athletes.And Tiffany is fresh off raising her six-figure preseed fundraise using crowdfunding!MORE on TIFFANY AND CURASTORYTIFFANY:@tiffmkell [TW]@tiffmkell [IG]https://www.linkedin.com/in/tiffmkell/CURASTORY:@CurastoryUS [TW]@Curastory [IG]https://www.linkedin.com/company/curastory/https://wefunder.com/fundcurastoryFollow Founders Unfound: Like and share - help us grow!PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
7/30/2020

Kistein Monkhouse Patient Orator

OUR SPONSOR FOR THIS EPISODE:BLCK VC, a focused community built for and by black investors.If you ever thought about getting into Venture, you definitely want to connect up atblackvc.comorfollow @BLCKVC for more about their exceptional programs and events.In this episode Kistein and Dan discussed:Her childhood dream to change the worldHow she became a New YorkerHer inspiration from OprahComing to terms with when to fund raiseHer personal experience with the fallibility of US healthcareKistein Monkhouse is the founder and CEO of Patient Orator, a platform that uses a mobile app and storytelling to improve patient experience and population health. As a child, Kistein was inspired by Oprah Winfrey - not to be in entertainment but to make an impact in the world. It took a long grind to help her see exactly how she could and would. Kistein spent her days pursuing her education and her nights working at various roles in healthcare. Her studies showed her just how powerful policies could be on outcomes. Her jobs - from in-home health aid to the emergency room - revealed the reality of care disparities. She decided to dedicate herself to attacking healthcare inequities and fighting for those who are underserved, ignored and disregarded. It's from this spirit and commitment to 'humanize healthcare" that her company Patient Orator was born. Listen in to hear the story.MORE on KISTEIN AND PATIENT ORATORKISTEIN:@KisteinMlinkedin.com/in/kisteinmonk45/Documentary: vimeo.com/ondemand/humanizinghealthcarePATIENT ORATOR:patientorator.com@PatientOratorlinkedin.com/company/patientorator/Follow Founders Unfound: Like and share - help us grow!PODCAST TRANSCRIPT