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Whether you know a lot or a little about venture capital, you likely desire inside game when it comes to early stage startups.

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Our goal is to eradicate imposter syndrome by opening up a community of tech startup founders, emerging managers, and ecosystem builders (including, but not limited to, yes lawyers).

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Why Diverse Tech Founders?

Whether you know a lot or a little about venture capital, you likely desire inside game when it comes to early stage startups.

What better way than to hear it directly from those who have done it.

Our goal is to eradicate imposter syndrome by opening up a community of tech startup founders, emerging managers, and ecosystem builders (including, but not limited to, yes lawyers).

What is Diverse Tech Founders podcast?
We host personal conversations with folks in our personal networks because Diverse Tech Founder relationships are deeper, and not surface-level.

More than just PR and marketing for guests, join us in generating a community building a web of creators and innovators who connect with one another to gain an edge.

    How to Redirect Anxiety and Spread Inpathy? Ziarekenya Smith (Founder) | Inpathy | (Detroit, MI) | (Season 4: Episode 1)

    How to Redirect Anxiety and Spread Inpathy? Ziarekenya Smith (Founder) | Inpathy | (Detroit, MI) | (Season 4: Episode 1)

    Tired of the highlight reel? Craving genuine connection and emotional honesty online? Inpathy is here to revolutionize social media by embracing your full human experience.
    Co-founded by Ziarekenya Smith and Kathryn Young, Inpathy rejects the "perfect or nothing" pressure of traditional platforms. Instead, it fosters transparency, empathy, and authentic expression.
    Why? Because Ziarekenya, struggling with real emotions, felt silenced by the unwritten rules of social media.
    He realized: life has valleys, not just peaks, and sharing only the good paints an unrealistic picture. Kathryn's background in mental health confirmed the harm this inflicts on young people, leading to anxiety, depression, and disconnection. Inpathy is different. It focuses on three core human principles:
    Emotions. Sharing how you feel, good or bad, is encouraged. You'll see moods fluctuate, reflecting the true human experience.Stories. Share your authentic stories, the triumphs, and struggles, through video and audio, fostering deeper connection.Community. Forget "likes" and followers. Build genuine connections by communicating directly, just like in real life.Here's what makes Inpathy unique:
    No likes, views, or followers: Focus on real connection, not validation.Open & inclusive: Express yourself freely without judgment.Human-centered design: No more comparing curated highlight reels.Promotes emotional well-being: Normalize moods and reduce social media's negative impact.Ready to ditch the fake and reconnect with your humanity? Join the Inpathy waitlist and be part of the social media revolution!
    Additional Information:
    Website: https://www.inpathy.co/Waitlist: https://linktr.ee/inpathyZiarekenya Smith's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ziarekenyasmith/Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.
    Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/
    Ranked in the top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.
    See you inside…

    • 56 min
    How to Create Palm Wine Without Chopping Down Trees? Onye Ahanotu (Founder) | Ikenga Wines | (Oakland, CA) | (Season 3: Episode 17)

    How to Create Palm Wine Without Chopping Down Trees? Onye Ahanotu (Founder) | Ikenga Wines | (Oakland, CA) | (Season 3: Episode 17)

    Onye Ahanotu is the founder of Ikenga Wines (Bev Tech). Did you come of age christening weddings and graduations with palm wine? Have no idea palm trees could even produce wine?
    Growing up in wine country, Sonoma County, right next door to Napa Valley, Onye's curiosity about palm wine began as he merged his Nigerian heritage with his African American surroundings and culture. This curiosity ultimately led Onye into the lab where he used his elite chemistry education to produce a first of its kind beverage.
    Join us in the Oakland studio as we try Onye's palm wine for the very first time. 
    Inside you'll learn why the palm wine industry is ripe for domination in the United States and how Onye built a defensible moat around his product.
    Onye and I dive deep into palm wine history and culture, including some unexpected turns in food culture in the United States.
    Why Interview Onye Ahanotu?
    Onye is an educator at heart, and you'll learn what many people don't know about traditional palm wine.   
    You'll hear exactly what Onye was going for in his taste testing experiments.  
    As a founder, you'll discover how to find founder-market-fit.
    As an investor, you will learn a new way founders are filling a growing need to satisfy tastes for the newest Americans.Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.
    Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/
    Ranked in the top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.
    See you inside…
    Questions Answered Inside:1. Who is Onye Ahanotu?
    2. Why his Palm Wine lasts so long?
    3. Can you really tell the difference between red and white grape wines?
    Connect With Onye Ahanotu ->
    LinkedIn: Onye AhanotuWebsite: Ikenga Wines

    • 1 hr 3 min
    How Blockchain Can Disrupt Hollywood? Sharif Bennett (Founder) | CineBlock | (Los Angeles, CA) | (Season 3: Episode 16)

    How Blockchain Can Disrupt Hollywood? Sharif Bennett (Founder) | CineBlock | (Los Angeles, CA) | (Season 3: Episode 16)

    Sharif Bennett is the co-founder of CineBlock (Film Tech). As the topic of AI becomes central to the future of Hollywood, three co-founders are looking to give content creators a boost, to get their films funded.
    After seeing the inside of IBM and GitLab (including its IPO), Sharif and fellow co-founders decided to leverage their love of movies with their financial acumen to build CineBlock, a platform where fans, directors, and writers can bring their stories to life.
    CineBlock is launching its go-to platform where you can save time and resources in producing films.
    Download CineBlock and tell your story here.
    Sharif and I dive deep into film and comedy history and discuss the recent writer's strike.
    Why Interview Sharif Bennett?
    Sharif discusses several stories about his personal film and tech journey.   
    You'll learn everything you thought you wanted to know about how films are made by an actor.
    As a founder, you'll learn how common objections you'll hear when building a FinTech company.
    As an investor, you will learn trends in film tech.Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.
    Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/
    Ranked in the top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.
    See you inside…
    Questions Answered Inside:1. Who is Sharif Bennett?
    2. Why do award-winning filmmakers struggle to make money?
    3. How can you support your favorite content?
    Connect With Sharif Bennett ->
    LinkedIn: Sharif BennettCineBlock Website: CineBlockYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/CineBlockFilms

    • 57 min
    How to Discuss Fertility in the Workplace and at Home? Blair Matthews (Founder) | zuri fertility | (Chicago, IL) | (Season 3: Episode 15)

    How to Discuss Fertility in the Workplace and at Home? Blair Matthews (Founder) | zuri fertility | (Chicago, IL) | (Season 3: Episode 15)

    Blair Matthews is the co-founder of zuri fertility (Fertility Tech). Whether you're a young professional unconcerned about family planning, or a couple struggling to conceive, zuri fertility makes it easy to learn what help you need and where to get it.
    This story begins with a years-long journey to get pregnant. If it weren't for this couple's medical network, the journey would have taken even longer. When you join the app, you immediately have access to resources to shorten your journey to conceive (which can take $100,000+.
    zuri fertility is launching its go-to platform where you can save time and money on your fertility journey.
    Download zuri fertility and start gaining peace of mind here.
    Blair's episode is a first of its kind, diving deep into how to leverage collegiate resources and accelerators to level up.
    Why Interview Blair Matthews?
    Blair discusses several stories about his personal fertility journey.   
    You'll learn everything you thought you wanted to know about fertility from someone who successfully navigated it.
    As a founder, you'll learn how to gain community traction.
    As an investor, you will learn trends in fertility tech and Chicago's startup ecosystem.Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.
    Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/
    Ranked in the top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.
    See you inside…
    Questions Answered Inside:1. Who is Blair Matthews?
    2. Why 20 year olds should care about fertility?
    3. How can you navigate the changing workplace?
    Connect With Blair Matthews ->
    LinkedIn: Blair Matthewszuri fertility Website: https://www.zurifertility.com/Download App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/zuri-fertility/id1642565244

    • 1 hr 3 min
    How to Build a Sneaker Marketplace? Mbiyimoh Ghogomu (Founder) | Tradeblock | (Austin, TX) | (Season 3: Episode 14)

    How to Build a Sneaker Marketplace? Mbiyimoh Ghogomu (Founder) | Tradeblock | (Austin, TX) | (Season 3: Episode 14)

    Mbiyimoh Ghogomu is the co-founder of Tradeblock (Sneaker Tech). Whether you're an OG sneakerhead or new to the game, Tradeblock makes it easy to trade for the kicks you want without breaking the bank.
    This story begins with a desire to trade sneakers for sneakers around the world, with a little cash or additional pairs to sweeten the trade. When you join the marketplace, you immediately have access to trade requests for endless pairs of your favorite sneakers, both new and used.
    Tradeblock is the only platform where you can trade kicks with other collectors and influencers like Penny Hardaway.
    Download Tradeblock and start trading here.
    Mbiyimoh's episode is a first of its kind, diving deep into how to build a marketplace with pre-launch strategies from BigTech insights.
    Why Interview Mbiyimoh Ghogomu?
    Mbiyimoh discusses several stories about Tradeblock's meteoric rise, for the first time.   
    You'll learn everything you thought you wanted to know about sneaker culture from an insider.
    As a founder, you'll learn how to gain community traction.
    As an investor, you will learn trends in fashion tech and Austin's startup ecosystem.Subscribe and Review the #11 Podcast for Startups in 2022 as voted by Feedspot.
    Checkout the full list here-> https://blog.feedspot.com/startup_podcasts/
    Ranked in the top 15% of podcasts shared globally on Spotify.
    See you inside…
    Questions Answered Inside:1. Who is Mbiyimoh Ghogomu?
    2. Why trading among collectors is preferred to straight cash deals?
    3. How can you build a genuine marketplace starting from zero inventory?
    Connect With Mbiyimoh Ghogomu ->
    LinkedIn: Mbiyimoh Ghogomu Tradeblock Website: https://www.tradeblock.us/Download App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tradeblock/id1544090672Watch Penny Hardaway's Collection: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/tradeblock/id1544090672

    • 1 hr 20 min
    What Are You the Best in the World At? | Abraham J. Williamson

    What Are You the Best in the World At? | Abraham J. Williamson

    What are you the best in the world at? It's a question I asked myself when rewatching Billions that struck me deeply.
    Let's ponder this one together. 

    • 4 min

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