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A FOUNDER AND AN INVESTOR
WALK INTO A BAR…

 

James Chapman is Founder and CEO of Plain Sight, a company that helps you make the right connections at events and workspaces, or connect online from anywhere.

James started as an aspiring NBA player from Chattanooga Tennessee. He made it to the NBA’s D-league, but that’s where that dream ended, and the next season began. Basketball’s loss was entrepreneurship’s gain. James started loading boxes for FedEx. His hustle led him to new opportunities, and eventually starting two different businesses. All along the way sharing his amazing hustle inspiration on Twitter, later turning the collection into a book, aptly named #TheHustle. But it was a chance to work with legendary Detroit businessman Dan Gilbert that led to his 3rd startup journey, Plain Sight.

James has a great story. You’ll want to listen in.

 

…you got to keep showing up, no matter what…
~ James Chapman

In this episode James and Dan discussed:

  • growing up a passionate athlete
  • going from the basketball court to the warehouse
  • hard lessons from his first startup
  • insights from running a coworking space
  • his connection to Dan Gilbert
  • why Plain Sight has no profile pictures

 

 

“ we launched this five months before the starter was global pandemic.
~ James Chapman

 

“ there are some pretty crappy people in the world that legit do not like you because of something that is beyond your control…the color of your skin.
~ James Chapman

 

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Accounting doesn’t Have to
Run finance anymore

 

Serge Amouzo is Founder and CEO of Finmod, a startup that helps companies forecast financials 10X faster. Finmod’s predictive-financial projection technology uses company data sources to give decision-ready data and actionable next steps for growth.

Serge was born and raised in Togo. He came to the US at age 12, determined and curious. He set out to master English and assimilate. He thought he would be a neurosurgeon, but a pursuit of coding and tech led him to a career of being a repeat tech founder, starting his first company while still in High School. It was a pain point he personally experienced at one of his past startups that sparked the idea that would become Finmod.

Serge has a great story. You’ll want to listen in.

 

I want to attract investors that are running to fund us.
~ Serge Amouzou

In this episode Serge and Dan discussed:

  • moving from Togo to the US at 12
  • mastering English as a 3rd language
  • building his first coding company in high school
  • how the dream of being a doctor was overtaken by his startup chase
  • whether you should wear your ambition out loud

 

 

“ I only want to speak English because I wanted to quickly understand what’s going on. And within six months, I learned English.
~ Serge Amouzou

 

“ …the framework around perceiving black founders, as people who could build billion dollar businesses was not there.
~ Serge Amouzou