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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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    Wole Ayodele, Fliqpay

    Wole Ayodele, Fliqpay

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    In this episode Wole and Dan discussed:
    Startup life in Nigeria during a pandemic lockdownHow cryptocurrency is more than a speculation toolWole's career arc through engineering, marketing, and bankinga quick tutorial from Wole on cross-border paymentsRaising money globally in a COVID-19 world
    Episode Shout Outs:
    Techstars BangaloreWole Ayodele is an entrepreneur who is on a roll. Wole is classically trained as an engineer but began his career in marketing. It's a chance to shift into banking, however, that helped Wole find his passion for finance. He is on his SECOND fintech startup with Fliqpay, a company that uses cryptocurrency infrastructure to help businesses send and receive payments globally. The Fliqpay platform cuts transaction time from days to minutes which is significant when their clients are waiting for payments to settle. With Fliqpay, literally time is money!
    Listen in to hear the story.

    MORE on WOLE and FLIQPAYWOLE:
    twitter.com/AyowoleOA
    linkedin.com/in/woleayodele/
    Fliqpay Pitch on Techstars Demo Day
    FLIQPAY:
    fliqpay.com/
    twitter.com/fliqpay
    linkedin.com/company/fliqpay/
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    • 43 min
    PREVIEW: Wole Ayodele , Fliqpay

    PREVIEW: Wole Ayodele , Fliqpay

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    Wole Ayodele is co-founder and CEO of Fliqpay, a company that helps businesses send and receive payments globally. His company, fresh from completing Techstars, is rocking the Africa fintech space. Wole has a great story as black founder based in Nigeria.
    Make sure to listen in!
    FULL EPISODE drops June 25th!

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    Black Women Founders : Real Talk on the Powerful Events of June 2020

    Black Women Founders : Real Talk on the Powerful Events of June 2020

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    In this special follow up from last week's discussion with black men founders, we now bring the viewpoint from the women's perspective. We gathered four accomplished women entrepreneurs to talk startups, fundraising, and the greater context of racial inequality, social justice protests, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Dan is honored to have Dr. Ivor Horn step in as a special guest host. Dr. Horn is an angel investor and advisor supporting entrepreneurs of color, especially women, in digital health.
    Helen Adeosun, Stella Ashaolu, Cherae Robinson, and Ashlee Wisdom join Ivor...in a conversation that reveals frustration, but also determination, wisdom and resilience. Listen in!

    In this episode the round table discussed:
    How it feels to be a black woman in America right now (June 2020)Moving between exhausted and determinedHonoring the moment: with voice, intention, and self-careThe desire to reach back and lift upHow office hours are a poor substitute for a check
    Audience Resources:
    Cherae's PodcastHelen's funding announcementStella's recent panel discussionAshlee's TEDx TalkMore about Ivor
    George Floyd Memorial FundBlack Tech for Black LivesBLCK VC #WeWontWait Campaign (go to "Donate" section to find organizations worthy of your time and resources)Hidden Genius Project RecommendationsBlack Girl Ventures
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    • 44 min
    Black Men Founders : Real Talk on the Powerful Events of June 2020

    Black Men Founders : Real Talk on the Powerful Events of June 2020

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    In this special episode, Dan brings together former podcast guests from across the US and Canada. These founders process in real-time how they feel -- as black men and as entrepreneurs -- in the wake of the senseless killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests sparked all around the country. These savvy entrepreneurs and leaders dive into what they think we and others can be doing to address police brutality, racial inequality, and the outcry for justice and social change.
    Kahlil Ashanti, Bara Cola, AK Ikwuakor, and Claudius Mbemba...
    keep it real, as the conversation covers everything from exasperation to optimism, and everything in between.

    In this episode the round table discussed:
    How it feels to be a black man in America right now (June 2020)What it's like to be a black entrepreneur in the midst of two American crisesWhat steps are they taking, in light of the protests, George Floyd, and their own mental healthRecommendations for others, including allies
    Audience Resources:
    AK's PostBara's PostClaudius' PostDan's Post
    George Floyd Memorial Fundhttps://www.grassrootslaw.org/BLCK VC #WeWontWait Campaign (go to "Donate" section to find organizations worthy of your time and resources)Hidden Genius Project (and the 15 organizations it recommends)Black Girl Ventures
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    • 43 min
    Shanel Fields, MD Ally

    Shanel Fields, MD Ally

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    In this episode Shanel and Dan discussed:
    What it's like to grow up with a volunteer EMTHow she reverse-engineered her MBAWhy 911 system challenges can mean life or death for underserved communitiesA different perspective on where to visit Santa during the holidaysWhy MD Ally had to be envisioned through the lens of an underrepresented founder
    Episode Shout Outs:
    Techstars SeattleShanel Fields grew up around EMS and first responders. And early in her career she realized that health tech was a place that fed her desire to make an impact. So it makes sense that she combined these two influences when setting out on her MBA journey. She was able to mold her business school experience completely around what would become her startup - MD Ally.
    Listen in to hear how!
    The problem MD Ally solves seems so obvious: 911 dispatchers aren't licensed medical personnel; if you have a health concern, they can't officially diagnose your situation. So, if you need a band-aid or a defibrillator, they send an ambulance either way. Shanel's startup is trying to fix this. She wants to make sure EMS responders aren't tied up with band-aids when time is critical for that defibrillator!
    The company now has major momentum, having recently:
    raised a $1 Million seed roundcompleted the Techstars accelerator programbeen featured in the New York Times
    MORE on SHANEL and MD ALLY
    SHANEL:
    linkedin.com/in/shanelfields/
    New York Times feature
    MD ALLY:
    mdally.com
    twitter.com/mdallyinc
    linkedin.com/company/mdally/
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    • 44 min
    PREVIEW: Shanel Fields, MD Ally

    PREVIEW: Shanel Fields, MD Ally

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    Shanel Fields is founder and CEO of MD Ally, a 911 telehealth solution that allows emergency personnel to triage non-emergency callers to telemedicine. Her company, fresh off of a successful fund-raise, was recently profiled in the New York Times. Shanel has a great story as a black woman founder. You don't want to miss it!
    FULL EPISODE drops May 28th!

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