76 minutes | Nov 24th 2020

Entrepreneurship and innovation in media, No Excuses Jobs, and the Converge Media story :: with Omari Salisbury

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In today’s episode of Ventures I had the honor of interviewing Omari Salisbury (https://twitter.com/Omarisal) about his journey as an entrepreneur in the international media space, his company Converge Media (https://www.whereweconverge.com/), their unique spotlight in Seattle, and their new campaign NoExcusesJobs (https://NoExcusesJobs.com) in collaboration with Prota Ventures (https://www.protaventures.com).  Visit https://satchel.works/@wclittle/ventures-episode-20 for detailed notes and links to resources (videos, articles, etc…) mentioned. You can watch this episode via video here. In this episode we cover the following:   2:41 - Omari intro / background / what he’s up to at Converge Media.4:49 - When did Omari know that entrepreneurship was in his DNA?9:40 - What kind of work did Omari do while he was a teenager into his early 20s? 17:14 - How did Omari end up doing radio and media in the Middle East and Africa?  23:12 - Importance of life experience that facilitates people from all over the world to be successful entrepreneurs in the USA, and more about Omari’s experiences abroad and locally in Seattle. 29:40 - What motivates Omari to be genuinely interested in people and the truth? Where did this drive of curiosity come from?37:25 - A discussion about biases and prejudices. How does Omari listen and learn? How should we collectively listen and learn? 45:58 - From Omari’s perspective, what’s his general thoughts on DE&I efforts globally and overcoming biases?52:07 - What is the vision and mission of Converge Media? How are Omari and his team executing toward that vision/mission? 57:56 - A discussion about https://NoExcusesJobs.com // Why Omari is launching a campaign to help people of color land living-wage jobs. 1:02:39 - Final words from Omari to entrepreneurs and investors. 1:11:52 - How can people practically help out Omari and Converge? https://www.whereweconverge.com/donate 1:14:15 - Is Converge currently taking on sponsors? (Yes, and Omari talks about what that relationship can look like), 
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