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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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    Isaac Lymon - Raxplay

    Isaac Lymon - Raxplay

    Isaac Lymon is Co-Founder and CEO of Raxplay, a company that enables music artists to perform live real/time concerts via virtual reality. Raxplay puts fans in the front row, VIP, and backstage - all in the comfort of their homes.
    Isaac was born and raised in Detroit. At an early stage, he felt called to music. But after a taste of the grind artists endure, Isaac gravitated to what made music happen behind the scenes. It was then that he really came to appreciate the power that technology could have on the industry. And like many famous tech entrepreneurs before him, he made the tough call to pursue his startup dream instead of focusing on college. A hustled-for internship, a hack-a-thon, and a call from Google Startups followed, changing everything. And so Raxplay was off and running.
    Isaac has a great story, you’ll want to listen in.
    In this episode Isaac and Dan discussed:
    growing up in a Detroit suburbhow he relentlessly pursued an internship in musicperspectives on raising money in the LA ecosystemhis thoughts on the future of VR
    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:
     Aperture Venture CapitalVC for the Multicultural Mainstream
    Aperture is the new $75M fund that wants to amplify the voices of diverse founders
    Share your story at aperturevc.com/founders

    MORE on ISAAC and RAXPLAYIsaac:
    linkedin.com/in/isaac-lymon-24ab9515a/
    twitter.com/Isaaclymon
    instagram.com/isaaccorey___/
    Raxplay:
    raxplay.com
    linkedin.com/company/raxplay
    twitter.com/raxplayxr
    instagram.com/raxplayxr
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    • 46 min
    Khalid David - TracFlo

    Khalid David - TracFlo

    Khalid David is Founder and CEO of TracFlo, a company with a predictive financial management platform that is empowering America’s contractors.
    Originally from the Bronx, Khalid was born into a family of tradesmen with a deep connection to his Afro-Caribbean roots. So it’s no surprise that, even with education from Morehouse, Columbia, and MIT, Khalid ended up in the construction industry. And it was those experiences that opened his eyes to the opportunity to better track the dynamic cost changes happening on today’s construction sites. And so TracFlo was born. Khalid is a passionate speaker and advocate, and has won competitions at MIT, Harvard, and Stanford business schools.
    Khalid has a great story, you’ll want to listen in.
    In this episode Khalid and Dan discussed:
    representing the BronxHis Saint Kitts and Nevis heritageEmerging from college during the Great RecessionBuilding software inside a traditional construction firmHow TracFlo replaces the pad and pencil in the fieldWearing the mantle of pioneering black entrepreneur
    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

    MORE on KHALID and TRACFLOKhalid:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/khalid-david-34a55824/
    https://www.twitter.com/kdpegasus
    https://www.instagram.com/kdpegasus
    TracFlo:
    https://tracfloapp.com
    https://republic.co/tracflo
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/tracflo
    https://www.instagram.com/tracfloapp
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    • 55 min
    Patrice Darby Neely - GoLogic

    Patrice Darby Neely - GoLogic

    Patrice Darby Neely, Founder and CEO of GoLogic, a data aggregation and economic development platform helping small businesses accelerate growth and reduce failure, while increasing the capacity and capabilities of the organizations that support them. 
    Patrice spent many years in childcare before starting her first startup, GoNanny, to address the fragmentation of care occurring with the busy schedules of families on the go. Timing wasn’t on her side, unfortunately, as her company fell victim to the whipsaw of the US economy that came with COVID-19. With GoNanny, Patrice had a front-row seat during the height of the pandemic and she saw how vulnerable small businesses are and how inefficient the ecosystem can be in connecting them with timely and impactful resources. And so GoLogic was born. Patrice is an alum of 1871 in Chicago, TechStars, and has been funded by the likes of Pipeline Angels and Google for Startups Black Founder Fund.
    She has a great story, you’ll want to listen in.
    In this episode Patrice and Dan discussed:
    growing up with two parent entrepreneurswhat drew her originally into the childcare industrythe devastating impact of COVID on her first companyhow GoLogic rose from the ashes of 2020the beauty and power of data, even for the small business
    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

    MORE on PATRICE and GOLOGICPatrice:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrice-darby-neely
    https://www.gologicsolutions.com/our-founder
    https://www.gologicsolutions.com/pitch2win
    GoLogic Solutions:
    https://www.gologicsolutions.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/gologicsolutions
    https://twitter.com/gologic_solves
    https://www.facebook.com/gologicsolutions
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    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
    #blackfounders #blackentrepreneurs #founderstory #underrepresented #underestimated #founderAfricandescent #futureofwork

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    • 49 min
    Roger Roman - AfriBlocks

    Roger Roman - AfriBlocks

    Roger Roman, Co-Founder of AfriBlocks, the global Pan-African freelance marketplace and collaboration platform. They are building THE resource for devs, designers, and virtual assistants. 
    Roger hails from Chicago, and in his home neighborhood there the Roman name is well known. He was pre-ordained to be a lawyer, but Roger took a different path: business. He leveraged his degree from Howard University to immerse in industries as varied as construction, video game development, and eventually marketing. Roger has been spotlighted in The New York Times, Black Enterprise, and VentureBeat. But it was when co-founder Tongai Choto came calling that Roger saw a chance to take on a massive opportunity: the emergence of Africa in the global tech marketplace. The continent has over 450M Gen Z and young millennials, all eager, ambitious, and tech-enabled. Fertile ground for a startup like AfriBlocks.
    Roger has a great story, you’ll want to listen in.
    In this episode Roger and Dan discussed:
    growing up in Chicagohow a chance encounter at graduation led to his first jobthe opportunity for law school - avoided repeatedlyhow one mentor changed his careerwhy Africa should be on everyone's mind
    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.

    MORE on ROGER and AFRIBLOCKSRoger:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/rogerroman/
    https://twitter.com/RogerLRomanII
    AfriBlocks:
    https://www.afriblocks.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/afriblocks/
    https://twitter.com/afriblocks
    https://www.instagram.com/afriblocks/
    Follow Founders Unfound: Like and share - help us grow!
    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
    #blackfounders #blackentrepreneurs #founderstory #underrepresented #underestimated #founderAfricandescent #futureofwork

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    • 50 min
    James Jones - Ownors

    James Jones - Ownors

    James Jones, Co-Founder and CEO of Ownors, an AI-driven Fintech platform that helps artists retrieve payouts from streaming services. 
    Ownors isn’t James’ first startup. Inspired by his upbringing, James became an attorney. But he saw the gaps in the system. The fundamental way that legal services are sold and distributed is a straight-up disconnect with the vast majority of people who need it. So he and his wife formed Court Buddy, where he became Black Enterprise Entrepreneur of the Year. After successfully fundraising and scaling that business, James was eager to scratch the startup itch again. Leveraging his legal experience and personal passion for music, he set out to solve a different inefficiency he saw: creators being paid equitably and timely for their music. And so, Ownors and its flagship brand Bump was born.
    James has a great story, you’ll want to listen in.
    In this episode James and Dan discussed:
    growing up with a brilliant fatherlearning about justice by visiting courtrooms as a seven-year-oldturning an IT job in college into an entrepreneurial venturehis first startup and what's different with his latest journeyhow his clients as an attorney opened him to the inefficiencies for creators
    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:
    BLCK VCA focused community built for and by black investors.
    If you ever thought about getting into Venture, you definitely want to connect up at blackvc.com or
    follow @BLCKVC for more about their exceptional programs and events.

    MORE on JAMES and OWNORSJames:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-jones-jr-esq/
    https://twitter.com/jjoneslaw
    Ownors:
    https://www.usebump.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/company/ownors
    https://www.twitter.com/ownors
    https://www.instagram.com/ownorsinc
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    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
    #blackfounders #blackentrepreneurs #founderstory #underrepresented #underestimated #founderAfricandescent #entertainmenttech #hbcualum

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    • 51 min
    Melanie Akwule - MINWO

    Melanie Akwule - MINWO

    Melanie Akwule is Founder and CEO of MINWO, a DE&I tech company that connects companies with organizations that have a specific mission to support Black-owned businesses on their path to scaling. 
    Originally from Virginia, Melanie was an NCAA track athlete who did her undergrad at Georgia Tech.She worked and excelled in the corporate world with GE. But it was at the Haas School, Cal Berkeley where she built her startup muscle. She used her time in school to conceptualize and develop MINWOA. Melanie is off to a great start in 2021 completing the Techstars program and gearing up for the launch of MINWO's flagship product Rialto. 
    Melanie has a great story, you’ll want to listen in.
    In this episode Melanie and Dan discussed:
    life as an NCAA student-athletecompeting in the Olympic trialsdeveloping a passion for using tech to help businesses succeedhow one rejection led to her pursuit of an MBAthe highs and lows of early stage entrepreneurshipthe serendipity of the stumble
    OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:
    Trajectory: Startup - Ideation to Product/Market FitA brand new book by entrepreneur and investor Dave Parker.
    This hot-off-the-presses publication is THE playbook for those at the earliest stages of the startup journey. Or even if you are just contemplating the jump to entrepreneurship. To get this great resource, go to dkparker.com or find anywhere you buy books.

    MORE on MELANIE and MINWOMelanie:
    linkedin.com/in/melakwule
    twitter.com/mel_anuchi
    instagram.com/mel_anuchi
    MINWO:
    minwo.co
    linkedin.com/company/minwo
    twitter.com/minwo_co
    instagram.com/minwo.co
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    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT
    #blackfounders #blackentrepreneurs #founderstory #underrepresented #underestimated #founderAfricandescent #dei #haasberkeley

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    • 47 min

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16 Ratings

yofoljda ,

Thank you for sharing these stories!

What a great podcast! I love hearing from these founders as they tell their stories and share their experiences. Thank you! I just listened to the latest episode with Stephen Ajayi, I’d also love to hear from his cofounder sometime.

Sngbird1 ,

Love This Podcast

This podcast is right on time. So inspiring! Finding this podcast was like finding light at the end of a tunnel. So authentic and refreshing to listen to real-life stories from authentic people who understand the true grind and grit it takes in the startup world.

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Joining the UNFOUND NATION!

There is something special about this podcast because several times while listening I have to pause, pull out my note pad, and take some serious notes. I’m not accustomed to doing this but the insight shared on these episodes are literal gems. If you’re in tech, this podcast is a must listen too. Glad to be apart of the Unfound Nation. Nabbed some dope merch too!

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