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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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    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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    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT

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    • 34 min
    2020 Updates Episode PART 1

    2020 Updates Episode PART 1

    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 are collectivelyUpdates from 7 previous guest foundersInsights on COVID-19's impact for: business, employees, fundraising
    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
    Follow Founders Unfound : Like and share - help us grow!
    PODCAST TRANSCRIPT

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    • 32 min
    PREVIEW : 2020 Updates Episode

    PREVIEW : 2020 Updates Episode

    Follow Founders Unfound : Like and share - help us grow!
    A preview of our Updates episode. We caught up with former guests to see where they are today and where they are headed for 2021. And we reflected on what will certainly be considered an historic year, 2020.
    Be sure to listen in.
    EPISODE drops December 18th!

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    • 42 sec
    Founders Unfound Podcast Trailer

    Founders Unfound Podcast Trailer

    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 startups today.
    Hosted by season tech entrepreneur Dan Kihanya (@dkihanya), the show explores the origin stories of under-the-radar tech entrepreneurs working on venture-worthy, big opportunity ideas.

    We know behind every founder is a story that deserves to be boldly told.Follow us (@foundersunfound) and listen in!


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    • 1 min
    Abbey Wemimo - Esusu

    Abbey Wemimo - Esusu

    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 Abbey and Dan discussed:
    Growing up in the slums of Lagos NigeriaKey philosophies: fall forward + you are enoughThe transition from balmy Nigeria to frigid Minnesotahis first startup which gave access to water for quarter-million peoplePitching 300+ investors
    Episode Shout Outs:
    Samir Goel (Co-founder)
    Beth Noveck
    Acumen
    Global Good Fund
    Sinai Ventures
    Zeal Capital Partners
    Impact America Fund

    Abbey Wemimo is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of Esusu, a revolutionary fintech platform transforming the connection between data, tenants, and property. Esusu empowers renters around an important financial identity: the credit score. 
    Abbey was born in Nigeria, and as he puts it, "raised in the slums" of Lagos. His mother sacrificed over half her salary to make sure Abbey was able to reach beyond and attend the best schools. He studied alongside the children of the country's elites, taking him to the US, with stops and degrees from the University of Minnesota and NYU. His early career covered politics, finance, and international development. And his first entrepreneurial endeavor led him to providing clean water for over a quarter of a million people in developing regions.
    Abbey and his co-founder Samir started Esusu with a major innovation at its core: using rent payments to enhance credit score. By tracking and using data, Esusu can transform the credit prospects for the 70 million Americans who have little or no credit history. Meanwhile, Esusu provides property managers with insights, analytics, and tenants who are motivated towards timely payments.
    The company is now in half a million rental units, across 40 US states. Abbey and Samir have raised over $4 Million in funding from investors like Impact America Fund, Zeal Capital, and Global Good Fund.
    Esusu is a word with origins in Nigeria. It essentially means a form of societal cooperation where groups of individuals together contribute for their mutual benefit. But if ask Abbey he will tell you a much simpler version:
    "If you want to go fast, you go alone. But if you want to go far, you fundamentally go together"
    Make sure to listen to his wonderful story.

    MORE on ABBEY and ESUSUAbbey:
    linkedin.com/in/wemimo-abbey-62382a2a/
    Esusu:
    esusurent.com
    esusurentrelief.com
    linkedin.com/company/esusu/
    twitter.com/getesusu
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    • 35 min
    PREVIEW: Abbey Wemimo - Esusu

    PREVIEW: Abbey Wemimo - Esusu

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    Abbey Wemimo is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Esusu, the leading financial technology platform that leverages data solutions to empower tenants and improve property performance. Abbey was raised in Lagos Nigeria, came to the US for college, worked on Obama’s re-election campaign, launched his first start up, and even did a stint with Goldman Sachs - all this before starting Esusu with his co-founder Samir.
    Make sure to tune in to hear his wonderous story.
    FULL EPISODE drops November 26th!

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Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

jjdar954 ,

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!

Kairos7393 ,

Extremely thoughtful and deep

The host does an amazing job at striking the balance between informative and conversational. The conversations are vivid and personal, and I love seeing underrepresented talk about their stories. It’s not solely about fundraising and “strategy”, but about the personal stories of the guests — you don’t get that anywhere else!!!

Mr. Cuddles Fan ,

Inspiring!

And educational - great tips for everyone on getting your business started. Super motivational.

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