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It only takes one idea or one story to change the whole trajectory of your life, career, and work. In each episode of The Journey, we talk to entrepreneurs of all stripes, so you can prime yourself with the knowledge and mindset you need for your own journey.

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It only takes one idea or one story to change the whole trajectory of your life, career, and work. In each episode of The Journey, we talk to entrepreneurs of all stripes, so you can prime yourself with the knowledge and mindset you need for your own journey.

    From Venture Capital to Social Capital with Kobie Fuller

    From Venture Capital to Social Capital with Kobie Fuller

    We live in a diverse world full of different cultures, new ideas, fresh perspectives, and uniquely-themselves people. But oftentimes those who are seated around boardroom tables or walking up and down corporate halls don’t reflect this same level of diversity. 
    In Kobie Fuller’s experience, this disconnect between what we see in our day-to-day lives versus what we witness in the antiquated world of business isn’t necessarily due to a lack of desire to bridge the gap – it’s more about the need for a more educated effort.
    “There is this prominent corporate VC that I met with who had the aspirations to fund more black founders. And he then would say, ‘I have no idea where to find them.’ … Then I started rattling off names of people … that frankly, given someone whose mission [was to fund more black founders], he should've known. And he was like, ‘I have no idea who those people are.’ Well, the problem is that you're not spending time interacting with the black community and the networks by which you actually tap into these people.”
    Kobie is the co-founder of Valence and a General Partner at Upfront Ventures. He’s been involved in venture capital since college, and he regularly comes face-to-face with this problem of “I want to hire black talent, but I don’t know where to look.”
    It’s a multi-pronged issue that requires a multi-pronged solution, which is what Kobie is working toward at Valence, a network that he is helping build which connects, showcases, and empowers the global black professional community.
    Building this community is not a typical nine-to-five job, though. It’s a massive undertaking that he’s putting on his shoulders while still working as a full-time VC. So how does Kobie do it all –  balance all the work needed to achieve this big vision with his daily responsibilities all the while also prioritizing being a great husband and father? 
    As Kobie shares today, it's all about mindset and focus.
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    The Journey is sponsored by our friends at Salesforce Essentials. We use Salesforce Essentials every day and it’s part of our own business journey. Essentials combines sales and service tools in a single app to help small businesses win customers and keep them happy. See how Salesforce Essentials can help you be your best business at salesforce.com/thejourney.

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    A System for Success with Shelly Bell

    A System for Success with Shelly Bell

    Embracing a certain amount of delusional optimism is the hallmark of every entrepreneur.
    But what separates the dreamers from the doers? What differentiates those who would like to reach their goals and those who do reach their goals?
    “At that point I had three children, and staying the course was really me dedicating myself to not going back to work for anyone. … There's nothing about it that makes logical sense, [but] as an entrepreneur, you are always operating with this level of delusion.”
    That’s Shelly Bell, the Founder and CEO of Black Girl Ventures.
    Over the course of her nontraditional career, Shelly has listened to one playlist on repeat: test, iterate, pivot. And while each pivot seemed like an impulsive decision to her peers, at the heart of every choice was a system. And as Shelly shares today, it's that system which draws the line between those who say and those who do.
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    The Journey is sponsored by our friends at Salesforce Essentials. We use Salesforce Essentials every day and it’s part of our own business journey. Essentials combines sales and service tools in a single app to help small businesses win customers and keep them happy. See how Salesforce Essentials can help you be your best business at salesforce.com/thejourney.

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    Meeting Your Customer Where They Are with Charley Moore

    Meeting Your Customer Where They Are with Charley Moore

    Many of the institutions that we rely on every day have been built on decades-old infrastructure and outdated business philosophies. There are countless industries with roots in the past that have yet to face disruption or embrace innovation.
    One such institution is our legal and justice system.
    Great legal representation, education on the laws and your rights, ease of access to legal advice… all of these things have historically been trapped in the marbled hallways of expensive lawyers’ offices.
    Charley Moore is on a mission to change that.
    “If you look at the core of how justice is rendered around the world, it's a very in-person, physical process,” says Charley. “It's just completely antiquated. [But our world is] all digital and … everything that can be digitized will be digitized. Most legal services can be digital, so they will be.”
    Charley is the founder and CEO of Rocket Lawyer, an online legal tech company making access to legal services easy and affordable.
    The legal system has long been due for disruption, and using the power of great customer experience, Charley's building the momentum needed to push that disruption forward. 
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    Learn more about The Journey at mission.org/thejourney.
    The Journey is sponsored by our friends at Salesforce Essentials. We use Salesforce Essentials every day and it’s part of our own business journey. Essentials combines sales and service tools in a single app to help small businesses win customers and keep them happy. See how Salesforce Essentials can help you be your best business at salesforce.com/thejourney.

    • 19 min
    Becoming the Arbiter of Your Destiny with Melissa Bradley

    Becoming the Arbiter of Your Destiny with Melissa Bradley

    How much of our destinies do we control? How much is predetermined? And how much do the environments around us play a role in who we can be or what we can do?
    As entrepreneurs, we like to think that we own our destinies, that we are 100% in charge. But the real world has a habit of reminding us that dreams are just that – dreams – and not everyone will see the same vision that we do.
    “I walked in [to SMBA] and I was ready to apply for a loan and made my pitch to score, and the woman said to me, ‘Yeah, I don't think this is going to work. You have three strikes against you: You're a woman, you're in debt, and I don't know any successful black women in financial services, so I think you should do something else.”
    That’s Melissa Bradley, the cofounder at Ureeka, a company on a mission to democratize economic opportunity for underrepresented entrepreneurs. 
    She has always dreamed big. But it wasn’t until her dreams started to expand beyond what traditional society could offer her that she realized in order to create her personal destiny, she’d have to change reality for everyone else in the process.
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    Learn more about The Journey at mission.org/thejourney.
    The Journey is sponsored by our friends at Salesforce Essentials. We use Salesforce Essentials every day and it’s part of our own business journey. Essentials combines sales and service tools in a single app to help small businesses win customers and keep them happy. See how Salesforce Essentials can help you be your best business at salesforce.com/thejourney.

    • 22 min
    Representation Matters with Widline Pyrame

    Representation Matters with Widline Pyrame

    We do weird things to fit in… buy the new Nikes, cave to the Kombucha, even try goat yoga. Fads come and go all the time, but what happens when these “passing fads” don’t pass, and they bleed into our cultural definitions, instead? When they become destructive or harmful – all in the name of an arbitrary beauty standard that exists only in our heads?
    “My hair ended up falling [out] because I wasn't really taking care of it. My mom was like, ‘No, you're not going to [perm] you’re hair because you nine. You need to wait.’ And for me, it was an accomplishment if I were to perm my hair because only then I’d feel like I was pretty enough.”
    That’s Widline Pyrame, the founder of Fusion Dolls, a company creating diverse and ethnically correct toy dolls. Since she was a child, Widline has given in to fads and lost sight of who she is. Today, she is changing that – not just for herself, but for girls, boys, women, and men everywhere.
    Building a business requires connection, but before we can connect with those around us, we first have to connect with and accept ourselves.
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    Learn more about The Journey at mission.org/thejourney.
    The Journey is sponsored by our friends at Salesforce Essentials. We use Salesforce Essentials every day and it’s part of our own business journey. Essentials combines sales and service tools in a single app to help small businesses win customers and keep them happy. See how Salesforce Essentials can help you be your best business at salesforce.com/thejourney.

    • 17 min
    Connecting the Dots with Dionna McPhatter

    Connecting the Dots with Dionna McPhatter

    Being too young, or being too old. Having an accent. Overcoming a disability. Being female or a person of color. 
    These so-called ‘boxes’ that we fall into shouldn’t play a role in how others see us or how we see ourselves, yet so often we find ourselves trapped by the burden of our labels.
    Dionna McPhatter has a different perspective. In her opinion, standing out doesn’t have to be a bad thing. In fact, with the right mindset, it may just be a superpower.
    “Everyone has the boxes that they check, but seeing those as a superpower that can allow you to connect dots for people is how I would encourage people to see themselves,” says Dionna. “Maybe I can connect the dots between two disparate rooms and use those things that people see as a difference or a reason to classify me as a point of connection.”
    Dionna is the co-founder and CEO of Nacci, a company on a mission to use data to help us all unlock more of our humanity. Over the course of her impressive career, Dionna has learned one thing for sure: that connections matter. 
    Sometimes what gets us in the room isn’t always what we want to get us in the room… but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing if you learn to leverage those points of connection for good.
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    Learn more about The Journey at mission.org/thejourney.
    The Journey is sponsored by our friends at Salesforce Essentials. We use Salesforce Essentials every day and it’s part of our own business journey. Essentials combines sales and service tools in a single app to help small businesses win customers and keep them happy. See how Salesforce Essentials can help you be your best business at salesforce.com/thejourney.

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