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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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    Ashlee Ammons - Mixtroz

    Ashlee Ammons - Mixtroz

    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
    Cascadia Cleantech Accelerator
    powered by VertueLab and CleanTech Alliance
    This 15-week program delivers mentorship, connections, funding opportunities, and more.
    For early-stage cleantech startups looking to launch and scale their businesses. Checkout at cascadiacleantech.org
    In this episode Ashlee and Dan discussed:
    Interning for LeBron JamesHow an awkward networking event gave birth to MixtrozWorking alongside her mom as Co-FounderThe journey from Cleveland to NY to Nashville to BirminghamWhere to find the best rollercoasters in the world
    Ashlee Ammons is the Co-Founder of Mixtroz, a company that creates serendipity at live and virtual events using real-time surveying along with their unique algorithm.  Ashlee has an amazing journey - from Ohio to New York, Tennessee, and eventually to Alabama. She’s gone from interning with Lebron James to becoming one of the first few African American Women to raise over $1M in venture funding. She's also been named as Entrepreneur Magazine's "100 Powerful Women" of 2019.
    To top it all off, Ashlee has known her co-founder literally her whole life (spoiler alert, they're related!).
    Make sure to listen to her incredible story.

    MORE on ASHLEE and MIXTROZAshlee:
    linkedin.com/in/ashleeanneammons
    instagram.com/shemixalot87
    Mixtroz:
    mixtroz.com
    twitter.com/Mixtroz
    instagram.com/mixtroz
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    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
    #blackfounders #blackentrepreneurs #founderstory #underrepresented #underestimated #founderAfricandescent #eventtech


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    • 58 min
    Evan Leaphart - Kiddie Kredit

    Evan Leaphart - Kiddie Kredit

    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:

    Cascadia Cleantech Acceleratorpowered by VertueLab and CleanTech Alliance
    This 15-week program delivers mentorship, connections, funding opportunities, and more.
    For early-stage cleantech startups looking to launch and scale their businesses.
    Applications are open until April 16th. Don't miss out, apply today at cascadiacleantech.org

     AfriBlocksThe global pan-African freelance marketplace and collaboration platform.
    Tell them "Dan sent you" for 10% off your first order. More at afriblocks.com
    Special Guest Co-Host:
    Veronica Parks from Maveron (@VPinVC)
    In this episode Evan, Veronica, and Dan discussed:
    Growth from having side hustles as a kidWhy it took years to start Kiddie KreditEvan's three filters to vet investorsHow credit score has such influence but is so misunderstoodWhether Miami really is the next tech hub
    Evan Leaphart is the Founder and CEO of Kiddie Kredit, a mobile chore tracking app that teaches kids about credit. The company is out to demystify credit scores with fun, but analogous habits and rewards. They currently focus on young children but their goal ultimately is to serve anyone new to credit.
    Evan grew up in the Baltimore area and is one of those founders seemingly born to be just that, a founder. His mom was a flight attendant and he was an only child. So Evan learned at a young age how to be self-sufficient and confident. From lemonade stands and snow removal to cleaning services and auto transport. Evan has been fearlessly taking on venture after venture. 
    He has called Miami home for over 15 years, so he's definitely an OG in the newly blossoming Miami tech scene. In addition to Kiddie Kredit, Evan is a Co-founder of the Miami-based Black Men Talk Tech Conference.
    Make sure to listen to his compelling story.

    MORE on EVAN and KIDDIE KREDITEvan:
    linkedin.com/in/evanleaphart/
    twitter.com/evanleaphart
    instagram.com/evanleaphart/
    blackmentalktech.com
    Kiddie Kredit:
    kiddiekredit.com
    twitter.com/kiddiekredit
    instagram.com/KiddieKredit/
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    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
    #blackfounders #blackentrepreneurs #founderstory #underrepresented #underestimated #founderAfricandescent #finhtech

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    • 54 min
    Ashlee Wisdom - Health in Her HUE

    Ashlee Wisdom - Health in Her HUE

    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
    In this episode Ashlee and Dan discussed:
    Growing up in the Bronx - and still living there!Her personal experiences with healthcare inequityHow her view working 'inside' healthcare moved her to launch her startupThe legacy of courageous and inspirational women in her familyHow even Serena Williams was not immune to inequity in care
    Episode Shout Outs:
    Eddwina Bright (Co-founder)
    Females Founders Alliance
    Vital Voices
    Dr. Ivor Horn
    Ashlee Wisdom is the Founder and CEO of Health in Her HUE,  a digital platform connecting black women to culturally competent healthcare providers, health content and community. Ashlee has Jamaican and Bahamian roots, but grew up in New York where she diehard represents her home burrow - the Bronx. Her career AND startup reflect a deep passion and dedication to tackling healthcare inequity. It's immediately evident in her voice, her writing, and all of her efforts. Ashlee's work has been recognized by Female Founder Alliance, Vital Voices, and the one-and-only Serena Williams. A true founder to watch!
    Make sure to listen to her compelling story.

    MORE on ASHLEE and HEATH IN HER HUEAshlee:
    linkedin.com/in/ashlee-wisdom-mph-7114a040/
    twitter.com/AshleeWisdom
    instagram.com/ashleejwisdom/
    Health in Her HUE:
    healthinherhue.com
    twitter.com/HealthInHerHUE
    instagram.com/healthinherhue/
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    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
    #blackfounders #blackentrepreneurs #founderstory #underrepresented #underestimated #founderAfricandescent #healthtech

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    • 49 min
    Genevieve Leveille - AgriLedger

    Genevieve Leveille - AgriLedger

    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:
    Multicultural Mainstream: Reimagining Humanity and TechnologyA virtual venture conference hosted by the Columbia Venture Community
    Access great content and breakouts with venture capitalists. March 5-6th 2021
    Check out bit.ly/CVCMM for tickets. Don't miss out!
    In this episode Genevieve and Dan discussed:
    Starting life in HaitiHow she's combined science and finance into a careerThe lessons of "timing" from 2000 and 2008How distributed blockchain can INCREASE trustWhat happens to mangoes shipped to the US
    Genevieve Leveille is the Founder and CEO of AgriLedger, a company that is revolutionizing the agriculture value chain using distributed ledger and blockchain technology.
    Born in Haiti, Genevieve came to the US and New York for high school. She was a science major and researcher, and eventually found her way into banking and over to the UK. Genevieve burst onto the blockchain world with force a few years ago. And it all started with a crypto hackathon. She’s been nominated by the Financial Times to the top 100 BAME in UK technology, and was a winner of the ComputerWeekly 2020 Women in Software. She is also currently the Vice-chairman of TechUK’s Distributed Ledger Technologies Working Group.
    Genevieve is now building a company that is using distributed ledger to RE-distribute value and reallocate margin and wealth across our food supply chain. All with the source -- the farmer -- at the core.
    Make sure to listen to her compelling story.

    MORE on GENEVIEVE and AGRILEDGERGenevieve:
    linkedin.com/in/genevieveleveille/
    twitter.com/GinouInLondon
    AgriLedger:
    agriledger.io
    linkedin.com/company/agriledger/
    twitter.com/Agriledger
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    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
    #blackfounders #blackentrepreneurs #founderstory #underrepresented #underestimated #founderAfricandescent #blockchain #agritech

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    • 56 min
    Ayinde Alakoye - nēdl

    Ayinde Alakoye - nēdl

    WE ARE BACK!
    WELCOME TO OUR NEW SERIES FOR 2021
    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:
    Multicultural Mainstream: Reimagining Humanity and TechnologyA virtual venture conference hosted by the Columbia Venture Community
    Access great content and breakouts with venture capitalists. March 5-6th 2021
    Check out bit.ly/CVCMM for early-bird tickets. Don't miss out!
    In this episode Ayinde and Dan discussed:
    Growing up in DCHow his name is as much an 'American' name as anyone else'sThat radio mimic mom's voice in the womb (what!?)nēdl as his THIRD startup in mobile radioCrashing a private party for a shot at pitching a prospect CEOHis perspective on the latest Clubhouse hype
    Episode Shout Outs:
    WOTP
    Backstage Capital
    Sweet Capital

    Ayinde Alakoye is the Founder and CEO of nēdl (as in 'the haystack'), a company that lets anyone create their own live call-in talk radio station in seconds and make money while they broadcast. nēdl gives everyone a chance to grab the mic, and be live to the world in moments.
    Ayinde proudly wears his name, which means “we gave praise and he came." He grew up in DC in a single-parent household, after losing his father at an early age. From a young age, Ayinde has had a lifelong appreciation for the escape and 'theater of the mind' provided by radio. And his entrepreneurial spirit has been evident throughout his journey - from excellence in sales, to television, speech-writing for Obama, and a career spanning 20+ years in the radio media world.
    All preparing him for the epiphany that would become nēdl. 
    The company's app lets users set up their own radio stations - complete with instant share links, audience call-in support, and a clever feature that allows listens to tip. Ned'l is Ayinde's THIRD startup focused on mobile radio. He's been ahead of the curve with each endeavor. And given the amazing growth of experiences like Clubhouse and Instagram Live, his timing for this latest effort seems right on the mark.
    Ayinde has raised over $1.6 Million in funding from investors including Backstage Capital and Sweet Capital.
    Make sure to listen to his compelling story.

    MORE on AYINDE and nēdlAyinde:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/nedlceo/
    nēdl:
    nedl.com/about
    linkedin.com/company/nedlapp/
    twitter.com/nedlapp
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    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
    #blackfounders #blackentrepreneurs #founderstory #underrepresented #founderAfricandescent

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    • 54 min
    2020 Updates Epsiode PART 2

    2020 Updates Epsiode PART 2

    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:
    Founders Livethe global venue for entrepreneurs to experience events, content, and community.
    Check out founderslive.com to join and to find a live event streaming from your city.
    In this episode:
    We review 2020 and where our past guests came fromThe effects of George Floyd on these founders, their companies and communitiesTo be a black founder in 2020 is to be...Founders speak with optimism about plans for 2021
    For our last episode of the year, we've brought together a handful of founders from our first 20 plus episodes. In this two-parter, we cover everything from fundraising, and running a business, to motivating employees, to finding time for self care and mental health. All against the backdrop of Coronavirus, George Floyd, and a climate of political tension.
    Thanks to Kala, Marcus, Kwame Claudius, Bara, Kameale and Wole for catching us up and reflecting on this historic year that is 2020.
    Make sure to listen in.

    EPISODE GUESTSBara:
    https://twitter.com/baratundecola
    carbice.com
    Ways you can help: stay tuned for 2021
    Kala:
    https://twitter.com/thekalafleming
    diasporaai.com
    Ways you can help: refer clients who need help managing
    water infrastructure not connected to the grid
    Kameale:
    https://twitter.com/kamealeC
    chargerhelp.com
    Ways you can help: looking for investors
    to close out their seed round
    Kwame & Claudius:
    https://twitter.com/mbembaships
    useneu.com
    Ways you can help: referrals to rental hosts
    in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or Seattle
    Marcus:
    twitter.com/_marcus_bullock
    flikshop.com
    Ways you can help: become a Flikshop Angel
    flikshopangels.com
    Wole:
    twitter.com/AyowoleOA
    fliqpay.com/
    Ways you can help: refer clients who do
    cross-border financial transaction settlements
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    • 34 min

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