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BUT STILL A LONG WAY TO GO
What an amazing three years!
Since we started in 2019, we’ve had 50 episodes interviewing 50 founders from 48 companies. As of mid-2022, our guests employ close to 500, and have collectively raised over $213M in outside funding. Incredible when you think about the challenges in fundraising that have faced all entrepreneurs, especially founders of color.
They would make a pretty great portfolio!
To celebrate our anniversary, we decided to go back to the beginning, 2019, and catch up with the 5 founders we had on the show that first year:
- Stella Ashaolu of Wesolv
- Kwame Boler of Neu (Spritz)
- Ikechi Nwabusi of TRiBL
- Bara Cola of Carbice
- Coack AK Ikwuakor from E-LETE Styles
I wanted to find out what the world of 2022 looked like compared to 2019, from their eyes. Thanks to Stella, Kwame, Bara, Ikechi and Coach AK for catching us up and reflecting on their journeys.
Make sure to listen in.
“When a challenge arises, we’re always the ones arise to the occasion.”
~ Kwame Boler
In this episode:
- We review the last three year and where our past guests are collectively
- Updates from the 5 guest founders who first came on the show in 2019
- Insights from our 2019 guests on being a black founder in 2022 vs 2019
“Follow love, not fear, meaning don’t let fear drive your decisions instead.
Let it be love..”
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