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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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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