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The Black Enterprise Network
1 minutes | May 28, 2021
Season 2 Launching This Summer!
Season 2 of The Black Enterprise Network is coming back this Summer and will feature 9 amazing black stories in tech! In the meantime, join our free Facebook group community! Also be sure to check out the main podcast website for detailed show notes and ways to support the show.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/benpodcast)
52 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
#21: Daniel Jimenez - Product Manager and Founder of Debtly
In this episode I have a conversation with Daniel Jimenez: growth manager at SqlDBM and founder of Debtly. He talks about his deep interest in finance and how that interest sparked the founding of his company. We also discuss the difficulties that come with being a young startup founder and how you can outsource work without having what's considered a traditional founding team.
73 minutes | Apr 6, 2021
#20: Darius Gant - Founder of Tesoro AI and Tech Investor
In this episode I have a conversation with Darius Gant, founder of Tesoro AI an artificial intelligence startup, investment professional, as well as a former professional basket player. He talks about how his passion for basketball would change and evolve into passion for the tech industry: especially as founder and investor. He also shares the impact that artificial intelligence has on our society and how it can be used for more than just self driving cars, but also for social good.
46 minutes | Mar 30, 2021
#19: Shason Briscoe - Software Engineer at SurveyMonkey
Shason Briscoe is a Software Engineer at Survey Monkey and advocate for growing diversity in the tech industry, especially for the black community. He shares how he got interested in Silicon Valley and tech, what it's like to be an intern vs a full timer, and how he's had an impact on black tech and engineering communities.
42 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
#18: Jaimon Mcmillian - Associate Inside Sales Representative at Dell Technologies
In this episode I'm joined by Jaimon Mcmillian, an incoming Associate Inside Sales Representative at Dell Technologies and a fellow MLTer. He shares his interest in the tech industry and how he got in from a non-technical standpoint, and we talk about the idea of betting on yourself and how it can potentially change your life for the better. Find episode transcript, resources, and specific chapter time stamps through the attached episode website link or at https://www.blackenterprisenetwork.fm/
27 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
#17: Dr. Stevens Bonhomme - Client Success Manager at Microsoft
In this episode of the podcast I'm joined by Dr. Stevens Bonhomme: a Client Success Manager at Microsoft. In this episode he shares what got him interested in economics, why he moved from Haiti to the United States, and describes his day to day work at Microsoft.
60 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
#16: Moby Howeidy - Internal Communications Specialist at Slack
In this episode of the podcast I'm joined by Moby: an Internal Communications Specialist at Slack and one of my many amazing mentors. He shares how he used his passion for writing and journalism to grow in his career, how he fell into tech, and we also do a deep dive on what it means to figure out what you really want to pursue in terms of your life and career, especially if you're about to enter the workforce for the first time ever.Find episode transcript, resources, and specific chapter time stamps through the attached episode website link or at https://www.blackenterprisenetwork.fm/Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/benpodcast)
66 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
#15: Ifueko Igbinedion - CTO and Co-founder of Hairtelligence
In this episode, I speak with Ifueko: CTO and co-founder of Hairtelligence: a black hair startup looking to innovate the beauty space by use of computer vision. She's an exceptional engineer with industry experience at Google and startups that still struggles with imposter syndrome from time to time. She breaks down how she battled it over the years to gain more confidence herself and shares how you can do the same.Find episode transcript, resources, and specific chapter time stamps through the attached episode website link or at https://www.blackenterprisenetwork.fm/
62 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
#14: Whitney Griffith - Pre-Med Student Turned Software Engineer at Microsoft and Social Entrepreneur
Whitney originally had plans to get into medicine but her path took a different turn in which she discovered Computer Science at Howard University. She was amazed at the problems that can be solved with technology and eventually became obsessed with it. She now works at Microsoft as a Software Engineer in the healthcare sector and is the founder of social entrepreneurial ventures such as Seamless Money and SU PLS.In this episode of the podcast she shares her founder experiences and advice for those looking to grow in tech and as a whole.
63 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
#13: Heather Hiles - Founder and CEO of Imminent Equity and Board Member at Udemy
Heather has over 30 years of experience in education. She founded non-profit and for-profit organizations in Break-the-Cycle, San Francisco Works, Pathbrite, and Imminent Equity.She's currently a board member at Udemy and Black Girls Code, as well as an advisor for startup founders. In this episode she talks about her founding experiences at both the for profit and non profit level, her investing experiences, and even shares some financial literacy tips for beginners.
45 minutes | Dec 18, 2020
#12: Tanaka Mutakwa - VP of Engineering at Names & Faces and Founder of NoDaysOff Lifestyle Brand
Tanaka co-founded and runs a meetup group called Tech Leadership Meetup Cape Town: a community consisting of longtime, new, and aspiring technology leaders. He is also VP of Engineering at Names and Faces in which he leads his team from Cape Town South Africa.
47 minutes | Dec 11, 2020
#11: Charles Arday - Mindset and Well-being Coach and Co-Founder of Winie Inc
Charles is a mindset and well-being coach, as well as an artificial intelligence and machine learning hobbyist. He is also the current co-founder and COO of Winie: a startup that provides support for entrepreneurs and merchants selling products based in Africa. In this episode he shares how he actively learns about tech and data science online and the impact that Winie will make in the e-commerce space.
44 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
#10: Lance Davis - Software Engineering and Product Management Intern at Apple
Lance is a Computer Engineering student at NCAT University and has extensive software engineering experience due to his Machine Learning research done at Stanford, and internships at Apple. Although he has a love for SWE and tech, he aspires to use his technical experiences to build out entrepreneurial ventures.
48 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
#9: Tia Caldwell - From Software Engineer at Microsoft to Director of Engineering at Slack
Tia started off her tech career as an intern at Microsoft, in which she grew as a software engineer and eventually became an engineering manager on multiple teams. She then worked at Netflix and Slack as a Senior Engineering manager. She is currently a Director of Engineering at Slack for the Monetization teams and constantly strives to help the people around her grow.
58 minutes | Oct 27, 2020
#8: Orion Brown - Solopreneur and Founder of BlackTravelBox
Orion's path started off with a focus on pre-med, which then transitioned into brand management, and then now currently into her path as a thriving solopreneur. She decided to stray from the "norm" of following the narrow path to what's considered to be success and founded BlackTravelBox: a company that provides hair and body care products for black and brown travelers.
52 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
#7: Chanel Power - Accessibility UX Researcher at Apple and Founder of Mentor Me, Chanel!
Chanel has had extensive experience in STEM ever since she was a child, and is currently a UX researcher at Apple. She is a strong advocate for helping the black community and is the founder of Mentor, Me Chanel: a program created to provide young black professionals with the resources they need to get into the tech space.
64 minutes | Oct 6, 2020
#6: Kenton Rowland - Product Management Leader and Founder of helloGROOV
Kenton is a lover of technology and product manager with experiences at Cardinal Health, Eventbrite, and currently Groups360. Since high school he has grown as an entrepreneurial leader and proves you don't need to go the "traditional" routes to become a PM. He also is a co-founder of helloGROOV: a platform designed to help those with their personal finance and wealth growth goals.
56 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
#5: Dimitri Wheeler - Investment Banking and Private Equity Analyst and Founder of Equal Equity Impact
Dimitri is an investment banking and private equity analyst with experiences at Goldman Sachs, Battery Ventures, and more. He is also a co-founder of Equal Equity Impact: an investment firm that specifically invests in startups founded by underrepresented groups which includes Black, Latinx, Women, and LGBTQ+ founders.
42 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
#4: Tiyani Majoko - Founder of Anu and Lawyer Who Came to the U.S. to Build and Scale Businesses
Tiyani is an entrepreneurial lawyer from Africa, TEDx speaker, and content creator. She came to the U.S. to get her masters in law and business/entrepreneurship, and is currently a co-founder of Anu: a startup that aims to connect startups with quality legal services/resources using artificial intelligence. In this episode she shares why she decided to come to the United States, how she uses her legal experience in entrepreneurship, and tips for new startup founders.Find episode transcript, resources, and specific chapter time stamps through the attached episode website link or at https://www.blackenterprisenetwork.fm/
48 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
#3: Adam Thomas - A Positively Chaotic Product Management Leader and Founder
Adam is a wartime product leader with 10 years of product experience and helps companies make more efficient software product teams. He also has experience as a startup founder, and loves to write on anything product and leadership specific to help others in the space.
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