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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

Episode: Dwayne Reeves

Dwayne Reeves is a software engineer at Facebook. He’s a computer science graduate from MIT. On this episode, we discuss Christian Hip Hop, his journey to Facebook, and imposter syndrome. Keep Reading

Episode: Ashley Nelson-Hornstein

Ashley Nelson-Hornstein is an iOS developer at Dropbox. She fell in love with the iOS platform at Apple, and later developed a passion for crafting intuitive user interfaces as a lead at a news startup named Circa. Since joining Dropbox, Ashley has worked to make the app more accessible and also implemented state restoration. She… Keep Reading

Episode: Frederick Hutson

Frederick Hutson is the CEO of Pigeonly, a technology company that builds solutions driven products for those who need it most, underserved communities. A born entrepreneur, he launched and sold his first business at the age of 19. His desire to attain the American dream on his terms took him down the wrong path and… Keep Reading

Episode: Aston Motes

Aston Motes was employee #1 at the unicorn startup, Dropbox. He earned his B.S. in Computer Science from MIT, and he’s a drummer for They Fight Bears. In this episode, we talk a lot about his upbringing and what drew him to software engineering, Black music, and competition. Keep Reading

Episode: Grant Oladipo

Grant is the mobile lead at Medium, the online publishing and distribution platform founder by former Twitter CEO and co-founder Evan Williams. Much like a few of my other guests, he’s a computer science major from MIT. We discuss his favorite music, his responsibilities at the fast-growing Medium, and the unglamorous startup life. Keep Reading

Episode: Baratunde Thurston

From Baratunde.com: Baratunde Thurston is a supervising producer at The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central. There, he oversees digital expansion and contributes to the overall comedy goodness of that American treasure. A New York Times best-selling author, activist, comedian, and entrepreneur, Baratunde has an uncanny ability to crack the shell of any… Keep Reading

Episode: Kathryn Finney

In 2013, Kathryn received the Champion of Change Award from the White House for her work increasing inclusion in the tech industry. She’s also received the New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award, SXSW Black Innovator Award, The Grio 100 and Ebony Power 100 List of the Most Influential African Americans, and the Black… Keep Reading

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