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of10podcast is a 10-episode series hosted by Classana co-founder and CEO, Will Lucas. The podcast features interviews with prominent minorities in technology, and discussions on startups and education.
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Dec 8, 2017

Mandela SH Dixon is co-founder at Founder Gym, an online training center that teaches underrepresented founders how to build successful tech startups. She began her career in Silicon Valley in 2011 as a startup founder backed by Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, and Imagine K12. She led a global entrepreneurial program called Startup Weekend Education that spanned six continents and empowered thousands of entrepreneurs to launch edtech startups. Most recently, Mandela worked at venture capital firm Kapor Capital, where she supported the success of over 120 tech startups. She’s spoken for TEDx, Google, and Facebook. She’s Forbes 30 Under 30, LinkedIn's Top 10 Voices in Venture Capital and Startups, and Medium's Top 10% of Writers.

 

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Sep 7, 2017

Jason Mayden is the co-founder and CEO at Super Heroic, an activewear brand designed to enrich the lives of kids through play. He was previously the global design director for Nike’s Jordan brand where he designed shoes for Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and Eminem among others, and he was Director of Innovation on the Digital Sport side at Nike. Today, he’s leading a fast paced brand of his own, and recently announced a $7 million venture raise to jetfuel Super Heroic.

We talk about black people magic, why he can only compete with himself, and what he learned from Michael Jordan.

Aug 24, 2017

Danielle Leslie is an online course creator and growth strategist for startups and personal brands. As founder of the Founder Course Alechemy, she helps brands and startup founders create & launch online courses. She previously worked as a course launch strategist at Udemy where she helped influencers including Guy Kawasaki earn collectively millions of dollars by monetizing their content & expertise through online courses.

She has created 4 courses that have over 50k people enrolled around the world.

Jul 13, 2017
Emeka Anen is founder at Instasneaks, known today as THRONE, an online community built for the sneaker and streetwear ecosystem. The app has ranked in the top 40 of hundreds of thousands of apps in the Sports category. We talk moving the culture, making it in technology in outside of Silicon Valley, and Lil Yachty.
Dec 29, 2016
Jessica Matthews is the founder and CEO at Uncharted Play, the hardware technology firm that’s providing off-grid power for the developing world. She was invited by President Barack Obama to the White House, and currently serves as an Ambassador of Entrepreneurship for Nigeria, and also received praise from Bill Clinton. She’s among Fortune’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs, Forbes 30 under 30 list, Black Enterprise’s Innovator of the Year, Oprah Supersoul 100, and Scientist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation. 
 
I met Jessica in New York earlier this year, and she’s as much a rockstar in person as she is on her resume.
Nov 17, 2016

Tyler Scriven is the managing director at Techsters Atlanta, where he helps find and prep startups for the big stage. Prior to joining Techsters, he was an executive at Palantir, serving as Chief of Staff and Head of Operations - helping grow the firm from 100 to nearly 2000 employees. In 2014, he was featured alongside Tristan Walker and Erin Teague in the Fast Company magazine story discussing diversity in silicon valley.

Oct 13, 2016

Dave Salvant is co-founder at Squire, and app that enhances the barbershop experience for both customers and barbers - allowing customers to book and pay for their cuts at the push of a button. I originally met Dave when we were shooting an episode for Puff Daddy’s REVOLT TV channel in New York. I found him to be incredibly inspiring. He just completed Y Combinators latest batch, and dropped out of his MBA program at Wisconsin-Madison to found Squire.

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Oct 6, 2016
Rodney Williams is the co-founder and CEO at LISNR, which is a communication technology that sends data over audio - think Bluetooth on steroids. He previously worked as a brand manager at P&G, Proctor and Gamble, and Lockheed Martin. Rodney is a TechStars alum, Adage 40 under 40, Jet Magazine 40 under 40, and a lot more. He has two bachelor degrees and two masters degrees - including an MBA from Howard. Stunt.
 
On this episode we discuss what drives him to succeed, education, and startup focus.
 
This episode is brought to you by Classana.com. Companies use Classana to organize educational resources for professional development.
Sep 29, 2016

DIVINE is Founder and CEO at The BLAK Group, and "The Official Andreesen Horowitz Rapper", certified by super venture capitalist, Ben Horowitz. His fintech (Financial Technology) startup aims to help minorities who've been shut out of the financial system.

This episode was supposed to fall at episode 4 this season, but I was so excited for you to hear it that I changed my timeline. Once you're a few minutes in, I think you'll understand my eagerness.

This episode is brought to you by Classana.com. Companies use Classana to organize educational resources for professional development.

Sep 22, 2016
Alexia Clincy is a research-oriented social media consultant and trainer now based in Los Angeles. As founder and executive director of Capitalize Social, she’s designed successful social media strategies for clients in a variety of fields, including motion pictures, best-selling authors, government, and publishing.
 
On this episode we discuss her history in as a social media consultant, daily goal writing, and strategies to build a social media following.
 
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Mar 31, 2016

William Crowder is a venture capitalist at Comcast and DreamIt Ventures. At Comcast, he leads the Catalyst Fund which is focused on investing in startups with diverse founding teams. He previously served as Director of Strategy and Business Development at AOL. We discuss diversity, what he looks for in startups, and building tech outside the norms.

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Mar 24, 2016
Kyle Bailey, from Detroit Michigan, is an engineer at Uber where he’s deeply involved in diversity efforts and outreach to HBCUs. Before Uber, he spent time engineering at VMware and was co-founder of his own startup. He graduated with his CS degree from Michigan State, and is currently pursing his MBA at Wharton.
 
We discuss diversity in tech, the midwest mindset, and I ask questions from Black Men in Tech. A slack group for black male tech engineers and founders.

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Feb 18, 2016

Ruben Harris began his professional career in Atlanta working in Finance, and now works in Partnerships and Leads at Honor, an Andreesen Horowitz funded Bay Area startup modernizing non-medical home care for seniors. He also serves as an advisor to AltSchool, which is working to reimagine education. He’s an accomplished cellist, playing for more than 22 years.

We talk a bit about his journey, his Young and Cultured project, and an article he wrote titled Breaking into Startups.

Feb 4, 2016

Ryan Smith is Director at Magic Johnson Enterprises where he helps the superstar basketball player and business phenomenon decide on investment opportunities. He’s a Howard and Stanford GSB grad, previously spending time on Wall Street. Ryan is the prototype of Black Excellence.

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Jan 28, 2016

Rodney Sampson is the Chief of Diversity + Inclusion Initiatives at TechSquare Labs in Atlanta. TechSquare is an incubator, seed fund, and co-working space in the heart of Atlanta’s prominent Technology Square - an area near Georgia Tech where more engineers graduate than MIT and Stanford combined.

He’s an MBA, entrepreneur with 2 exits, an Author and Bishop.

He’s responsible for casting Troy Carter on Shark Tank, worked on Mark Burnett’s The Bible Series and Mel Gibsons Passion of the Christ, as well as The Chronicles of Narnia, and so much more.

We discuss the economic divide, Atlanta's startup scene, and budding engineers.

This episode is brought to you by Classana. Find the best books to read and classes to take on Classana.com.

Jan 14, 2016
Mark Daniel is CEO at Strut, a mobile app that aims to serve as your guide to style. He dropped out of college based on prompting of Paypal co-founder, and the first outsider investor in Facebook, Peter Theil. Peter also stuff a hundred grand in Marks pocket to do so. Mark, finishing the fellowship, Mark then swiftly raised another 1.5 million from Vinod Khosla - founder of Sun Microsystems.
 
We discuss education, existential crises, and the desire to be great.

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Jan 7, 2016

Ruth Mesfun is a co-founder at POCIT which stands for People of Color in Tech. They run features on minority tech personalities from Founders, Engineers, and Marketers. She’s also a teacher at a middle school in Brooklyn, and launched a program to teach girls in her class how to program.

This episode is brought to you by Classana. Find the best books to read and classes to take on Classana.com.

Dec 31, 2015

Kristy Tillman is design director at Society of Grownups, a company offering financial services. They call it “ A masters program for adulthood” where the curriculum covers everything from investing in a 401K to having that hard talk about a budget to how to pick good, cheap wine. She’s a beast on Twitter, sitting at 10k tweets to date, and prominently tweets on pop culture, music, and social justice.

We discuss opportunities for Blacks in technology, design, and IDEO.

This episode is brought to you by Classana. Find the best books to read and classes to take on Classana.com

Dec 17, 2015

Everette Taylor is an entrepreneur and marketing pro who served as Chief Marketing Officer at Sticker Mule. The hugely popular custom stickers startup. He’s also founder at MilliSense, a marketing firm headquartered in Los Angeles. He built GrowthHackers with three partners, and partnered with NFL free safety Brandian Ross to create the brand Unity Over Self, which helps children with autism.

We discuss how students coming out of college break into marketing for startups, and tips for startup teams to get to Product Market Fit.

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Dec 10, 2015

Angela Benton is founder and CEO at NewMe Accelerator in San Francisco. She serves as a startup coach at the Wall Street Journa, and writes for USA Today and Inc. Magazine.

On this episode, we talk diversity in tech, the "Black Mark Zuckerberg", and what makes founders successful.

This episode is brought to you by Classana. Find the best books to read and classes to take on Classana.com.

Jul 30, 2015

Season 2 Finale features:

  • Paul Judge
  • Kathryn Finney
  • Charles Hudson
  • Kimberly Bryant
  • Navarrow Wright
  • Erin Teague
  • Megan Rose Dickey
  • Michael Seibel
  • Justin Washington
  • Brian Dixon
  • Makinde Adeagbo
Jul 9, 2015
Jewel Burks leads the mission at Partpic as CEO. She’s somebody you don’t want to compete against in a startup competition as she’s usually the one who takes the check home. Partpic is headquartered in Atlanta, but Jewel finds herself bouncing between the budding startup town and the bay area quite frequently. Partpic is recognition software in these enterprise space that helps people find and identify hardware parts by merely snapping a photo.

 

Jul 2, 2015

Brian Watson is the Director of Partnerships at Visual Supply Company - the makers of the hit photo app VSCO Cam. He’s formerly an investment analyst at Union Square Ventures, the powerhouse VC firm led by Fred Wilson and boasting early investments in Soundcloud and Twitter. Brian and I discuss the Detroit tech scene, Paul Judge quotes, and the need for external validation.

Jun 25, 2015

Richard Kerby is a venture capitalist and Vice President at Venrock, the venture firm located in Palo Alto. He’s been profiled by CNN, and TheSearchLights Project,  he’s also been a guest contributor to TechCrunch - which we’ll discuss. As a VC, his focus is on early stage startups as he bounces from New York to Silicon Valley, while keeping his eye on all points in between.

Jun 11, 2015

Dwayne Reeves is a software engineering lead at Facebook based in Menlo Park, CA. He's also an MIT grad and one of the poster boys for successful blacks in tech. We discuss his daily responsibilities at Facebook, the lost dreams of Google, imposter syndrome and Christian hip hop.

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