11 episodes

Starring Sunita Mani and Alexandra Shipp, two young start-up founders, both women of color, are on the brink of losing their company; a fate they narrowly avoid thanks to a hairbrained scheme to have their neighborhood barista— a white dude, of course— pretend to be the third founder in order to raise money. But when the barista reveals he has a scheme of his own to keep the company in his clutches, hijinks and hilarity ensue.

Valerie and Juliet are more than just best friends: they are business partners in the cutthroat world of Silicon Valley, where their video game startup is on the verge of failure. They are exhausted: between running out of capital and being treated like dirt during their fundraising meetings with big-deal finance bros, they need a win, or it’s game-over. They need…a white guy.

It was only supposed to be one meeting; one meeting where neighborhood barista and Random White Dude Toby Johnson pretended to be a co-founder to clinch the investment cash. But one million dollars later, Toby shows no signs of going with grace. Instead, he plots to entrench himself further into their company, which he had no part in founding, and unless Valerie and Juliet want the truth to come out—and to kiss their company goodbye—they have to play along. 

But Valerie and Juliet have been playing together since they were young. That’s why they started a video game company; and to save it, they are willing to break all the rules. 

The Co-Founder is a Realm production, starring Sunita Mani and Alexandra Shipp, and written by Alexis Wilkinson, Alexa Wejko, and Mimi Mondal. Listen Away.

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    • 4.3 • 60 Ratings

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Starring Sunita Mani and Alexandra Shipp, two young start-up founders, both women of color, are on the brink of losing their company; a fate they narrowly avoid thanks to a hairbrained scheme to have their neighborhood barista— a white dude, of course— pretend to be the third founder in order to raise money. But when the barista reveals he has a scheme of his own to keep the company in his clutches, hijinks and hilarity ensue.

Valerie and Juliet are more than just best friends: they are business partners in the cutthroat world of Silicon Valley, where their video game startup is on the verge of failure. They are exhausted: between running out of capital and being treated like dirt during their fundraising meetings with big-deal finance bros, they need a win, or it’s game-over. They need…a white guy.

It was only supposed to be one meeting; one meeting where neighborhood barista and Random White Dude Toby Johnson pretended to be a co-founder to clinch the investment cash. But one million dollars later, Toby shows no signs of going with grace. Instead, he plots to entrench himself further into their company, which he had no part in founding, and unless Valerie and Juliet want the truth to come out—and to kiss their company goodbye—they have to play along. 

But Valerie and Juliet have been playing together since they were young. That’s why they started a video game company; and to save it, they are willing to break all the rules. 

The Co-Founder is a Realm production, starring Sunita Mani and Alexandra Shipp, and written by Alexis Wilkinson, Alexa Wejko, and Mimi Mondal. Listen Away.

For more shows like this, visit Realm.fm.

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    Build Mode

    Build Mode

    Best friends and business partners Valerie and Juliet have been struggling to secure funding for their gaming start up, WILY, but Valerie has an idea that could change everything.

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    • 37 min
    Level Up

    Level Up

    Juliet's crush agrees to pose as WILY's fictional 3rd co-founder, but he makes a bold first move that neither of them see coming.

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    • 34 min
    Three-Hit Combo

    Three-Hit Combo

    Team WILY has their biggest success yet, but tensions flare between the “three” co-founders and Valerie hatches a new plan of her own.

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    • 27 min
    Cheat Code

    Cheat Code

    Suddenly flush with cash, Valerie and Juliet can’t seem to agree on how to spend it, but Toby has his own ideas.

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    • 26 min
    Real-Time Strategy

    Real-Time Strategy

    At WILY’s launch party, everyone’s secrets start to come to light and a former frienemy becomes an unexpected ally.

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    • 25 min
    Away From Keyboard

    Away From Keyboard

    Toby makes big moves to get Valerie and Reina out of his way, and in response, Valerie makes a shocking decision.

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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Urfavoritebrand ,

More More More

I really enjoy the story. Please make more with this group. They have great energy together.

Mememe Ususus ,

Brilliant, hilarious and intense

Such a smart show. The suspension and humor are spot-on. The friendships feel so real. The plot and storytelling structure are flawless. Just…wow.

disappointed1237 ,

Good Show production bad premise

As a 20 something y/o Hispanic female in engineering I didn’t like the premise of this show. Stem is difficult as it is and this show brings up other things that I know would’ve probably discouraged me to pursue a career in engineering if I would’ve listened to this during undergrad. No matter where you are in your career you can do it. I’ve worked at NASA and other internationally renowned companies without having any connections… (I don’t come from a lot of privilege either… didn’t have a cellphone until college, didn't have a car until I graduated college, I also shared a bed with my mom and had to do homework from our closet during undergrad but Philippians 4:13 carried me though) Just work hard and keep applying to different things.

That being said production quality was pretty good and the show is funny… but the first time I tried listening to the show I couldn’t get past the first few minutes of the first episode because of the reasons stated in the precious paragraph

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