70 minutes | Oct 8, 2020

[54] UTD Entrepreneurial Student Lecture: A funding panel with Craig Lewis and Leah Frazier

This week Rachel joins fellow founder Criag Lewis of Gig Wage in a panel discussion on acquiring funding for startups for UTD’s entrepreneurship program moderated by Leah Frazier. Hear golden nuggets for success from two founders that have raised millions for their startups! What you will learn in this episode ✧ How to attract investors✧ What documentation and information you need to prepare for pitches✧ The spiritual significance to entrepreneurship ✧ Tangible Tips✧ How to make a pitch deck✧ What other attachments to include with your deck✧ How to price each series round for your raises To follow and connect with Craig and Leah you can find them here: Craig J. Lewis:Instagram: @craigjlewisTwitter: @CraigJamalLewisLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mrfutureofwork/Leah Frazier:@theleahfrazier@thinkthreemediawww.thinkthreemedia.com More about Craig and the GigwageBorn and raised in North Texas, Craig J. Lewis is the Founder and CEO of Gig Wage, a venture capital backed technology startup, that’s raised millions to build modern payment tools for the future of work. In an industry where forward thinking is a rarity, Craig’s vision for innovation has pushed an antiquated industry to modernize by designing a service that meets the demand of on-demand workforces. “Simple. Fast. Easy.” As a North Garland High School alum he went on to graduate in 2004 as a B.A. recipient in Communication, with a Minor in Marketing at Morehead State University. From there he would go on to become a Professional Basketball player across Europe, until returning stateside and becoming an expert in payroll technology, selling over $10 million in payroll related software for the likes of ADP and others.Prior to building Gig Wage, in 2012, Craig became the Chief Strategy Officer of Kairos, a venture backed facial recognition/emotion detection startup that has received much success, such as being named one of the “Top 20 Startups” by The Wall Street Journal, and was selected to participate in the first ever Morgan Stanley Multicultural Innovation Lab, and reaching a 130M valuation. Always relentless and unyielding, he transitioned his experience raising money in Silicon Valley to founding Gig Wage, in Dallas, TX. Gig Wage, a tech industry leader, is designed to meet the demands of the future workforce and well positioned to scale. In 2018, Steve Case (Founder of AOL) and his Revolution ROTR Venture Fund, invested in Gig Wage to help power the future of work.As a black tech entrepreneur with significant business and growth results throughout his career, he understands the importance of work ethic, teamwork, and the sacrifices required to accomplish the impossible. Embodying the motto, “go for it”, has been the creed which has propelled him. Notable accomplishments: authoring “The Sport of the Sales”, contributor to Forbes, The American Payroll Association, PayTech Magazine and Thomson Reuters, sitting on the boards of Visit Dallas, the Friends of Fair Park, Marketplace Risk, and is a Founding Member of Forbes’ Dallas Business Council.As an evangelist of technology and its capacity for wealth creation and therefore its ability to improve lives, Craig’s ultimate mission is to help millions of businesses and everyday people in the gig-economy by providing innovative software, unique business models, and a path to financial success. Craig is unabashedly committed to building this legacy for his family, wife, and his 4 beautiful children, while elevating the community around him through mentorship and growth.
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