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Learn what it takes to go from Founder to CEO. A series by, for and about New Majority Founders. Hosted by Melissa Bradley, founder of 1863 Ventures. New episodes on Tuesdays. From Sermons Beyond Sunday and Kinetic Energy Entertainment.

Founder Hustle Melissa Bradley

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 42 Ratings

Learn what it takes to go from Founder to CEO. A series by, for and about New Majority Founders. Hosted by Melissa Bradley, founder of 1863 Ventures. New episodes on Tuesdays. From Sermons Beyond Sunday and Kinetic Energy Entertainment.

    Deep Cut: Freedom Slay

    Deep Cut: Freedom Slay

    As we wind down Season 1 of The Deep Cut, Melissa highlights another podcast: Freedom Slay, hosted by Gayneté Jones, Founder and CEO of Periodt. Melissa was a guest on Freedom Slay and opened up, and we have a piece of that for you today courtesy Gayneté.
    Credits:

    Founder Hustle and the Deep Cut are produced by Kinetic Energy Entertainment

    Edited and mixed by Ann Kane.  

    Social media producer is Misako Envela

    Music is Ratata by Curtis Cole


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    • 14 min
    Diana Williams on starting a business with a mission and maintaining momentum

    Diana Williams on starting a business with a mission and maintaining momentum

    Today's founder is Diana Williams. Diana also happens to be the mysterious producer behind Founder Hustle. To close out the first season, Melissa and Diana look back on the lessons learned from all the fantastic guests who have opened up about their journeys from Founder to CEO.
    Diana Williams is the CEO & Co-founder of Kinetic Energy Entertainment. She has a wide range of experience in the entertainment industry, developing IP and producing creative content for distribution across storytelling media. Throughout her career she has been at the forefront of working with emerging and established talent to ensure a diversity of voices are included in an ever-evolving industry.
    Founder Hustle is clear and centered on its mission to help emerging New Majority founders better understand the path ahead, be adequately prepared, and gain support on their journey.
    Melissa L. Bradley is Founder of 1863 Ventures, a business development program that accelerates New Majority entrepreneurs (i.e., individuals who have been historically marginalized) from high potential to high growth.
    Credits:

    Founder Hustle is produced by Kinetic Energy Entertainment. 

    Associate Producer is Misa Dayson. 

    The show was edited and mixed by Ann Kane. 

    Social media producer is Misako Envela. 

    Our intro theme, Vuelta al Sol, is by Tomás Novoa. 

    Credit theme is Glide, by Columbia Nights, and the outro is Ratata by Curtis Cole. 


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    • 57 min
    Jacquelyn Rodgers on creating a business empire and representing your community

    Jacquelyn Rodgers on creating a business empire and representing your community

    Today's founder is Jacquelyn Rodgers, CEO of Green Top Gifts, which can now be found in retail stores all across the country.
    Jacquelyn is one of those people who was able to leverage her full-time job to create a business empire. She knew how to stay long enough to leverage the relationships, her skills, and the money to build a successful business. She baelieves there is always an opportunity to learn from those around you, from your co-workers, from your board members, and even from your family. If you're in a full-time job and you're thinking about starting a business, Jacqueline has the best advice you will ever get.
    Founder Hustle is clear and centered on its mission to help emerging New Majority founders better understand the path ahead, be adequately prepared, and gain support on their journey.
    Melissa L. Bradley is Founder of 1863 Ventures, a business development program that accelerates New Majority entrepreneurs (i.e., individuals who have been historically marginalized) from high potential to high growth.
    Credits:

    Founder Hustle is produced by Kinetic Energy Entertainment. 

    Associate Producer is Misa Dayson. 

    The show was edited and mixed by Ann Kane. 

    Social media producer is Misako Envela. 

    Our intro theme, Vuelta al Sol, is by Tomás Novoa. 

    Credit theme is Glide, by Columbia Nights, and the outro is Ratata by Curtis Cole. 


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    • 54 min
    The shift that's happening due to FinTech

    The shift that's happening due to FinTech

    As we buckle up for the recession, we know interest rates will rise and capital will be harder to access. So what the heck is FinTech? And how can it help New Majority entrepreneurs, for whom it costs at least $250,000 more to start the same exact businesses as their white male peers?
    Credits:

    Founder Hustle and the Deep Cut are produced by Kinetic Energy Entertainment

    Edited and mixed by Ann Kane.  

    Social media producer is Misako Envela

    Music is Ratata by Curtis Cole


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    • 9 min
    Roz Brooks on investing in yourself

    Roz Brooks on investing in yourself

    Today's founder is Roz Brooks, CEO of Well Women of Color. Roz teaches us that it is possible to have many roles, as long as you have one goal. She has created a series of enterprises in Las Vegas that focus on being healthy.
    She has committed her entire life to helping black women not only realize their power, by trusting themselves enough to make healthy changes.
    You will learn from her is that it is indeed possible to make money, to do good, to care about others and to create a healthy and sustainable environment where both businesses and people are able to not just survive, but actually thrive.
    Founder Hustle is clear and centered on its mission to help emerging New Majority founders better understand the path ahead, be adequately prepared, and gain support on their journey.
    Melissa L. Bradley is Founder of 1863 Ventures, a business development program that accelerates New Majority entrepreneurs (i.e., individuals who have been historically marginalized) from high potential to high growth.
    Credits:

    Founder Hustle is produced by Kinetic Energy Entertainment. 

    Associate Producer is Misa Dayson. 

    The show was edited and mixed by Ann Kane. 

    Social media producer is Misako Envela. 

    Our intro theme, Vuelta al Sol, is by Tomás Novoa. 

    Credit theme is Glide, by Columbia Nights, and the outro is Ratata by Curtis Cole. 


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Deep Cut: Not All Banks Are Created Equal

    Deep Cut: Not All Banks Are Created Equal

    Not all banks are created equal, but here is how some New Majority entrepreneurs have been able to allow bankers to get to know them beyond an application and a bank balance.
    A recently survey from the Federal Reserve shows how the pandemic has altered the financial landscape for all small businesses. About 85% have experienced financial difficulty since COVID, which is up nearly 20% percentage points from prior years. The majority of applicants needed funds just to cover every day operating expenses.
    Credits:

    Founder Hustle and the Deep Cut are produced by Kinetic Energy Entertainment

    Edited and mixed by Ann Kane.  

    Social media producer is Misako Envela

    Music is Ratata by Curtis Cole


    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Cupcake5602 ,

My favorite new podcast

I stumbled upon this podcast by sheer luck and I am so glad that I did! Melissa is a ROCKSTAR! The information that I have received from listening over the last couple of days is priceless. Melissa asks such thought provoking questions that flow out so naturally. She has interviewed some incredible people with amazing heartfelt stories! I have definitely been inspired to continue on my entrepreneurship journey and hope to cross paths with you one day!

Red's Delta ,

Finally, Someone Understands!

Melissa Bradley is such a calming, knowledgeable voice of reason and understanding. She explains all aspects of entrepreneurism, from Founder to CEO, with the clarity to demystify the hurdles, the barriers, and the history behind them. I learn something new about this world, and myself, every time I listen.

Datantman ,

Obsessed

I love everything about this conversation.

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