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
James Norman

James Norman – Piloting a Course for Underrepresented Founders

James Norman is CEO at Pilotly, a market research platform for creative content, based in the Bay Area. He is a Partner at Transparent Collective, a group of founders dedicated to increasing exposure and access to Silicon Valley for African-American and Latino/Hispanic men and women. He is a serial entrepreneur, who built his first company at the a...
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GuyLaine Charles

Guylaine Charles – Derivatives, Counsel and Impact

GuyLaine Charles and I met when we started on the same day as junior associates in a NYC law firm in the mid-90s. GuyLaine became a specialist in derivatives and recently launched her own firm, Charles Law PLLC, to represent clients in the negotiation of financial agreements including prime brokerage, futures and options, limited partnership and cr...
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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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