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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

 

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Trajectory: Startup – Ideation to Product/Market Fit
A 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.

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Do Good while you shop DAILY

Jarrett Wright is the Founder and CEO of Higher Rewards, a company that offers nonprofits and faith-based organizations the ability to provide their members a self-branded credit card where a percentage of every purchase goes back to the organization.

Jarrett is from several generations deep in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jarrett showed drive and ability from an early age. Reading by 2 years old. Doing the family’s grocery shopping at 6. But the pace and structure of school frustrated him. So instead of putting his intellectual horsepower to work in college right away, he started a property development company at 19. And within a few years, he was nationally recognized and bringing in millions in revenue.

And that’s just the start of his story. The rest is amazing. you’ll want to listen in.

 

“Currently we have almost 700,000 people on our waiting list.
~ Jarrett Wright

In this episode Jarrett and Dan discussed:

  • growing up in Richmond California
  • the powerful influence of his family and his heritage
  • rapidly building a business that was decidedly not recession-proof
  • going to college with folks 10+ years your junior
  • the ‘aha’ moment for Higher Rewards during a conversation with a financial exec
  • the advantages within the UC Berkeley startup ecosystem

 

 

I’m building something truly incredible.
~ Jarrett Wright

 

And I convinced her to. Let me use her a home equity line of credit on her house to flip a home in Stockton. And I did, I was 19. It was my first flip and I was off to the races.
~ Jarrett Wright

 

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AfriBlocks

The global pan-African freelance marketplace and collaboration platform.
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A MOBILE APP MEANS NO MORE BAD HANDWRITING AND SMUDGED OUT records

 

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.

 

Success is not mutually exclusive from my blackness.
~ Khalid David

In this episode Khalid and Dan discussed:

  • representing the Bronx
  • His Saint Kitts and Nevis heritage
  • Emerging from college during the Great Recession
  • Building software inside a traditional construction firm
  • How TracFlo replaces the pad and pencil in the field
  • Wearing the mantle of pioneering black entrepreneur

 

 

“I’ve wasted so much time, so much emotional energy, trying to convince people who are scared.
~ Khalid David

 

“…as black innovators, we’ve always been the creators of culture..
~ Khalid David

 

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Cascadia Cleantech Accelerator

powered by VertueLab and CleanTech Alliance
This 15-week program delivers mentorship, connections, funding opportunities, and more
For early-stage cleantech startups looking to launch and scale their business.
Applications are open until April 16th. Don’t miss out, apply today at cascadiacleantech.org

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The global pan-African freelance marketplace and collaboration platform.
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Special Guest Co-Host:
Veronica Parks from Maveron (@VPinVC)

demystifying credit
one chore at a time

 

Evan Leaphart is the Founder and CEO of Kiddie Kredit, a mobile chore tracking app that teaches kids about credit. The company is out to demystify credit scores with fun, but analogous habits and rewards. They currently focus on young children but their goal ultimately is to serve anyone new to credit.

Evan grew up in the Baltimore area and is one of those founders seemingly born to be just that, a founder. His mom was a flight attendant and he was an only child. So Evan learned at a young age how to be self-sufficient and confident. From lemonade stands and snow removal to cleaning services and auto transport. Evan has been fearlessly taking on venture after venture.

He has called Miami home for over 15 years, so he’s definitely an OG in the newly blossoming Miami tech scene. In addition to Kiddie Kredit, Evan is a Co-founder of the Miami-based Black Men Talk Tech Conference.

Make sure to listen to his compelling story.

 

“…we’re aiming to simplify FICO. So you understand it before you actually need it.
~ Evan Leaphart

 

In this episode Evan, Veronica, and Dan discussed:

  • Growth from having side hustles as a kid
  • Why it took years to start Kiddie Kredit
  • Evan’s three filters to vet investors
  • How credit score has such influence but is so misunderstood
  • Whether Miami really is the next tech hub

 

 

I was really naive when it comes to building a backable business
versus a bankable business
~ Evan Leaphart

 

A year ago, it wasn’t necessarily cool to say you’re a Miami-based business. [Now] That’s the greatest thing you could say.
~ Evan Leaphart