Diverse Founders and Venture Capitalists

This series shares the stories of a compelling group of founders and venture capitalists around the world, and is focused on the challenges of under-representation, raising capital and the complex factors that can lead to the deck being stacked against diverse founders.

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Diverse Founders and Venture Capitalists Podcasts
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Adam Demuyakor of Wilshire Lane Capital – On Ghost Kitchens, Self Storage and other PropTech opportunities

Adam Demuyakor is the founder and managing partner at Wilshire Lane Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm that focuses on PropTech solutions based in Los Angeles California.  Born in the US to a family originally from Ghana, Adam started out on Wall Street in investment banking and held a number of private equity and venture capital r...
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15. CONSTANCE FREEDMAN OF MODERNE VENTURES – A MODERN MASTERCLASS IN INNOVATION THROUGH NETWORKING

Constance Freedman is Founder and Managing Partner at Moderne Ventures as well as Moderne Passport – an early stage investment fund and industry immersion program which is focused on investing in technology companies in and around the multi-trillion dollar industries of real estate, finance, insurance, hospitality and home services.  It has just...
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23. Ashwini Asokan of Mad Street Den – Demystifying AI through Anthropology and Insight

Ashwini Asokan is the founder and CEO of Mad Street Den, an Artificial Intelligence company, powering Retail, Education, Healthcare, Media, Finance & more with its image recognition platforms, Vue.ai and Blox.ai. Headquartered in the Bay Area, California, the company has offices around the globe. She previously worked at Intel, where she led IXR's ...
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11. Ashwini Asokan of Mad Street Den – Demystifying AI through Anthropology and Insight

Ashwini Asokan is the founder and CEO of Mad Street Den, an Artificial Intelligence company, powering Retail, Education, Healthcare, Media, Finance & more with its image recognition platforms, Vue.ai and Blox.ai. Headquartered in the Bay Area, California, the company has offices around the globe. She previously worked at Intel, where she led IXR's ...
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Series 2 2022: Diverse and Frontier Founders and VCs: The Road Ahead

In our second series focused on founders, allocators and investors on the Frontier – we hear from a diverse group of professionals who share their vision for investing, impact and change.  From venture capitalists focused on the burgeoning world of Prop-Tech, to investing with a gender lens, developing a network to change the black narrative in ...
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Diverse Founders and VC’s Resources

Diverse Founders Themes

Constance Freedman discusses the representation of women in venture capital and tech: 12.35 to 14.57

Adam Demuyakor discusses his venture capital firm focused on Proptech and the kind of innovations that he is seeing: 3.58 to 6.31

Shruti Van Dyke Gandhi discusses how she spots high growth potential and the traits she looks for in a founder 3.48 to 7.28

Austin Clements discusses the current levels of access to underrepresented founders: 8.08 to 10.18

Ezechi Britton, MBE of Impact X speaks about what he looks for in a founder 5.51 to 10.28

James Norman discusses his work at Transparent Collective: 19.09 to 20.53

Mark Mwangi presents the unvarnished truth about the strain of a start-up here: 14.28 to 15.23

Shalom Lloyd on the steps she went through to get funding to start her own business, Naturally Tribal, and the journey she experienced here: 12 to 13.05

Yvonne Bajela (from the Diverse Founders series) seeks out innovators throughout the African continent and Europe for her Impax Venture Capital fund. She shares what she looks for in a founder: 8.47 to 11.45

James Norman discusses his Harvard Business Review article and how VCs should approach funding black founders: 15.43 to 18.44

Austin Clements talks about his article “The Delusion Around Inclusion”: 18.00 to 21.31

Adam Demuyakor discusses some of the barriers he sees diverse founders facing: 12.33 to 15.09

Mac Conwell discusses how the lack of representation leads to lack of knowledge and the work he does in order to address this 10.14 to 12.31

Ezechi Britton, MBE talks about the challenges faced by diverse founders: 10.52 to 15.28
and his work at Code Untapped to provide coding and technology education to youth that would not normally have access to it: 23.26 to 27.05

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