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Episode: Ryan L. Smith

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. Keep Reading

Episode: Rodney Sampson

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… Keep Reading

Episode: Mark Daniel

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… Keep Reading

Episode: Ruth Mesfun

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. Keep Reading

Episode: Kristy Tillman

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… Keep Reading

Episode: Everette Taylor

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… Keep Reading

Episode: Jewel Burks

Let Jewel Burks tell it, not everything on TechCrunch applies to your business. Founders should understand what their business is and what they’re going to be good at – then determine if their area of location can accommodate the kind of business that they’re trying to build. I think she’s right. There are a couple questions you can… Keep Reading

Episode: Brian Watson

Brian Watson is the Director of Partnerships at Visual Supply Company – the makers of the hit photo app VSCO Cam. On this episode, we discuss the Detroit tech scene, Paul Judge quotes, and the need for external validation. Keep Reading

Episode: Richard Kerby

Richard Kerby joined Venrock in 2012. He focuses primarily on identifying and evaluating early-stage investments. Prior to joining Venrock, Richard was an Associate at Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), where he focused primarily on identifying and evaluating later-stage investments. While at IVP, Richard worked with IVP portfolio companies such as Dropbox, Klout, Twitter, Shazam, Sugar, and… Keep Reading

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