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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.
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Founders Unfound Daniel Kihanya

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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.
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    Sabrina Williams - SEED

    Sabrina Williams - SEED

    Sabrina Williams is Founder and CEO of SEED, a company that helps consumers and underserved farmers grow smart and feed more by democratizing access to agriculture technology.
    Sabrina is a native Californian, born and raised in Compton. Her curiosity and passions led her to pursuits in architecture, law, and urban planning. Through her non-profit, she dedicated herself to social justice challenges in urban communities. It was in this arena that Sabrina discovered the core issue that would lead to SEED: food insecurity amongst the most vulnerable, lower income populations. Now her company is bringing together technology, climate policy, and food equity to create more and better access to growing.
    Sabrina has a great story. You’ll want to listen in.
    In this episode Sabrina and Dan discussed:
    the journey from architecture to law to urban planninghow SEED started as a big idea and morphed into a huge onethe link from food equity and social justicethe connection between Elvis, Karl Marx, and the Bluesbalancing the startup life by playing in a ska band
    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:
    The PlugDelivering clear analysis and powerful insights on what's shaping the Black innovation economy.
    Get your annual subscription to The Plug at tpinsights.com

    MORE on SABRINA and SEEDSabrina:
    linkedin.com/in/sabrina-l-williams
    twitter.com/SabWill
    instagram.com/sabwilll
    SEED:
    seedbox.systems
    linkedin.com/company/seed-sustainable-entrepreneurial-ecosystem-development
    twitter.com/seedboxsystems
    instagram.com/seedbox.systems
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    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
    #blackfounders #founderstories #foundersafricandescent #agritech

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    • 45 min
    Sean Bovell - Invidica

    Sean Bovell - Invidica

    Sean Bovell is Founder and CEO of Invidica, a company building a marketplace platform that is transforming the reseller economy one product at a time. 
    Sean has an amazing background. Born in the UK, raised in predominantly white communities in Utah and Idaho, before landing in Oakland for his formative year. A natural at math and STEM, Sean has been drawn to tech from an early age. He built his first ecommerce company from the ground up, alternately celebrating and struggling with the highs and lows of rules and technology that seem to change constantly. But it was through this bootcamp of sorts that Sean zeroed in on the key insights that would lead to the creation of Invidica. With funding from 500 Startups, and comparisons to the likes of Aliba and eBay, it’s no wonder he has many investors filling up his inbox these days.
    Sean has a great story. You’ll want to listen in.
    In this episode Sean and Dan discussed:
    realities of being one of the few black kids in a white schoolthe spark of his entrepreneur ambition in collegestarting his first ecommerce company from his bedrooma lucky encounter with a mentor from 500 startupshow ecommerce today is broken, and why he wants to fix it
    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:
     AfriBlocksThe global pan-African freelance marketplace and collaboration platform.
    Tell them "Dan sent you" for 10% off your first order. More at afriblocks.com

    MORE on SEAN and INVIDICASean:
    linkedin.com/in/sean-bovell-22094880
    twitter.com/collatzconject
    Invidica:
    invidica.com
    linkedin.com/company/invidica
    twitter.com/invidica_

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    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
    #blackfounders #founderstories #foundersafricandescent #ecommerce

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    • 46 min
    James Chapman - Plain Sight

    James Chapman - Plain Sight

    James Chapman is Founder and CEO of Plain Sight, a company that helps you make the right connections at events and workspaces, or connect online from anywhere.
    James started as an aspiring NBA player from Chattanooga Tennessee. He made it to the NBA’s D-league, but that's where that dream ended, and the next season began. Basketball’s loss was entrepreneurship’s gain. James started loading boxes for FedEx. His hustle led him to new opportunities, and eventually starting two different businesses. All along the way sharing his amazing hustle inspiration on Twitter, later turning the collection into a book, aptly named #TheHustle. But it was a chance to work with legendary Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert that led to his 3rd startup journey, Plain Sight.
    James has a great story. You’ll want to listen in.
    In this episode James and Dan discussed:
    growing up a passionate athletegoing from the basketball court to the warehousehard lessons from his first startupinsights from running a coworking spacehis connection to Dan Gilbertwhy Plain Sight has no profile pictures
    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:
    Founders Livethe global venue for entrepreneurs to experience events, content, and community.
    To get Founders LiveFest 2021 tickets
    Check out founderslive.com to join and to find a live event streaming from your city.

    MORE on JAMES and PLAIN SIGHTJames:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/plainsightceo/
    https://twitter.com/iwrotethehustle
    https://www.instagram.com/iwrotethehustle/
    IWrotetheHustle (on Amazon)
    Plain Sight:
    https://www.plainsight.app/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/plain-sight-app/
    https://twitter.com/plainsightapp
    https://www.instagram.com/plainsightapp/
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    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
    #blackfounders #blackentrepreneurs #founderstory #underrepresented #underestimated #founderAfricandescent #networking #futureofwork #eventtech

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    • 52 min
    Serge Amouzou - Finmod

    Serge Amouzou - Finmod

    Serge Amouzou is Founder and CEO of Finmod, a startup that helps companies forecast financials 10X faster. Finmod’s predictive-financial projection technology uses company data sources to give decision-ready data and actionable next steps for growth. 
    Serge was born and raised in Togo. He came to the US at age 12, determined and curious. He set out to master English and assimilate. He thought he would be a neurosurgeon, but a pursuit of coding and tech led him to a career of being a repeat tech founder, starting his first company while still in High School. It was a pain point he personally experienced at one of his past startups that sparked the idea that would become Finmod.
    Serge has a great story. You’ll want to listen in.
    In this episode Serge and Dan discussed:
    moving from Togo to the US at 12mastering English as a 3rd languagebuilding his first coding company in high schoolhow the dream of being a doctor was overtaken by his startup chasewhether you should wear your ambition out loud
    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:
     AfriBlocksThe global pan-African freelance marketplace and collaboration platform.
    Tell them "Dan sent you" for 10% off your first order. More at afriblocks.com

    MORE on SERGE and FINMODSerge:
    linkedin.com/in/serge-amouzou-65b76841
    twitter.com/sergeamouzou
    instagram.com/amouzou.serge
    Finmod:
    finmod.io
    linkedin.com/company/finmodhq
    twitter.com/finmodhq

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    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
    #blackfounders #founderstories #foundersafricandescent #fintech

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    • 46 min
    Navalayo Osembo - Enda

    Navalayo Osembo - Enda

    Navalayo Osembo is Co-Founder and CEO of Enda, a company that is building on Kenya’s reputation as the global leader in distance running. With “Run Kenyan” as its motto, Enda makes running shoes in Kenya, for runners around the world. 
    Navalayo is the first guest we’ve had on from the place of my ancestral heritage - Kenya. She grew up with a military father and a teacher mother, which meant strong themes of discipline and excellence. Combined with her gifts of curiosity, intelligence, and grit, she set out to master accounting, law, and global development. But it was her return to Kenya from the US and UK, that helped her find the calling where she could make her impact. “Run Kenyan.” And so Enda was born.
    Navalayo has a great story, you’ll want to listen in.
    In this episode Navalayo and Dan discussed:
    growing up in Kenyaconvincing her dad to start farming fishhere experience working with the UNHow the Williams sisters inspired her to start a Kenya tennis academythe power of "Run Kenyan"
    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:
     Aperture Venture CapitalVC for the Multicultural Mainstream
    Aperture is the new $75M fund that wants to amplify the voices of diverse founders
    Share your story at aperturevc.com/founders

    MORE on NAVALAYO and ENDANavalayo:
    navalayoosembo.com
    linkedin.com/in/navalayoosembo
    twitter.com/NavalayoOsembo
    instagram.com/navalayoosembo
    Enda:
    endasportswear.com
    linkedin.com/company/enda
    twitter.com/endasportswear
    instagram.com/endasportswear
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    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
    #blackfounder #founderstories #founderofafricandescent #kenyafounder #consumerfitness

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    • 56 min
    Jarrett Wright - Higher Rewards

    Jarrett Wright - Higher Rewards

    Jarrett Wright is Founder and CEO of Higher Rewards, a company that offers nonprofits and faith-based organizations the ability to provide their members a self-branded credit card where a percentage of every purchase goes back to the organization.
    Jarrett is from several generations deep in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jarrett showed drive and ability from an early age. Reading by 2 years old. Doing the family’s grocery shopping at 6. But the pace and structure of school frustrated him. So instead of putting his intellectual horsepower to work in college right away, he started a property development company at 19. And within a few years, he was nationally recognized and bringing in millions in revenue. And that’s just the start of his story. The rest is amazing. you’ll want to listen in.
    In this episode Jarrett and Dan discussed:
    growing up in Richmond Californiathe powerful influence of his family and his heritagerapidly building a business that was decidedly not recession-proofgoing to college with folks 10+ years your juniorthe 'aha' moment for Higher Rewards during a conversation with a financial execthe advantages within the UC Berkeley startup ecosystem
    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:
    Trajectory: Startup - Ideation to Product/Market FitA brand new book by entrepreneur and investor Dave Parker.
    This hot-off-the-presses publication is THE playbook for those at the earliest stages of the startup journey. Or even if you are just contemplating the jump to entrepreneurship. To get this great resource, go to dkparker.com or find anywhere you buy books.

    MORE on JARRETT and HIGHER REWARDSJarrett:
    linkedin.com/in/jarrett-wright
    instagram.com/wrightjarrett
    Higher Rewards:
    higherrewards.com
    linkedin.com/company/higher-rewards
    instagram.com/higherrewards
    twitter.com/higherrewards
    facebook.com/higherrewards
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    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
    #blackfounders #blackentrepreneurs #founderstory #underrepresented #underestimated #founderAfricandescent #fintech #UCBerkeley

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    • 52 min

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