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Ep. 10: Victor Mapunga, CEO of FlexFinTx

Ep. 10: Victor Mapunga, CEO of FlexFinTx

Victor Mapunga is a Zimbabwe native who is working to use technology to better the lives of millions. In Africa, there are over 400 million citizens without proper identification. Most of them cannot get any credit or formal employment because they are unable to prove who they are. Victor is the man on the front line working to solve this billion-dollar problem. His company, FlexFinTx, is currently running a pilot program with the largest commercial bank in Zimbabwe to finally make banking more accessible.

Tune in this week to hear about Victor’s experience bootstrapping a startup in Zimbabwe, the fascinating opportunities for innovation in emerging markets, and more.

  • 00:00:36 Introduction of Victor Mapunga
  • 00:03:38 FlexID and how it works
  • 00:16:01 Other ventures he has founded
  • 00:22:21 Running few companies
  • 00:30:02 Does discrimincation in Western countries impact individuals in African countries?
  • 00:40:37 End of discussion
Ep. 9: Bill Aulet, MIT Professor & Author of “Disciplined Entrepreneurship”

Ep. 9: Bill Aulet, MIT Professor & Author of “Disciplined Entrepreneurship”

Professor Aulet is the Managing Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and Professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is an award-winning educator and author whose current work is built off his successful 25-year business career. During this time, he created hundreds of millions of dollars of shareholder value through his companies.

His acclaimed book, Disciplined Entrepreneurship (2017), has been translated into 18+ languages.

Tune in to hear how Prof. Aulet developed the principals in his book, how they have held up, and how young entrepreneurs can become “antifragile.”

  • 00:00:37 Introduction of Professor Bill Aulet
  • 00:01:50  His experiences as an entrepreneur
  • 00:08:43 His most successful startup
  • 00:15:47 Disciplined Entrepreneurship
  • 00:18:31 When should you look for a Co-founder?
  • 00:20:54 How Covid impacts how businesses are done
  • 00:26:05 End of discussion
Ep. 8: Neil Wainwright, CEO of UpHabit

Ep. 8: Neil Wainwright, CEO of UpHabit

Neil Wainwright is a serial entrepreneur who has built over 8 successful startups over the past three decades. Currently, he is the CEO and Founder of UpHabit, as well as an Associate at the Rotman Creative Destruction Lab, and a Peerscale Board Member. His current company, UpHabit, is a new mobile-first venture that is helping people develop, build and nurture deeper personal relationships.

Tune in to hear Neil’s biggest takeaways from his eight startups, his advice on how to minimize stress as a founder, and everything else about entrepreneurship!

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  • 00:00:30 Introduction of Neil Wainwright
  • 00:05:45 How his Engineering background helped him in entrepreneurship
  • 00:07:03 Biggest lessons he has come across
  • 00:07:59 When is the right time to let go?
  • 00:09:28 Change in approach to leadership and entrepreneurship
  • 00:11:15 Times when he buckled down
  • 00:15:24 Current projects he’s working on
  • 00:20:01 How Covid has impacted his work
  • 00:22:07 How does Working From Home impact people?
  • 00:24:28 How has the concept of the business developed over the years?
  • 00:26:37 Pursuing many ventures over the decades
  • 00:28:45 Co-founders of his ventures
  • 00:32:51 End of discussion
Ep. 7: Dr. Amy Yeboah, Assistant Professor at Howard University

Ep. 7: Dr. Amy Yeboah, Assistant Professor at Howard University

Dr. Amy Yeboah is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at Howard University. Currently, she teaches courses on Black Film, Education, and Gender. In addition to being invited to speak on shows like PBS NewsHour, Professor Yeboah has been published in journals like Mosaic Magazine; the CLA Journal, and more. 

Join us this week as we discuss police brutality, anti-black racism, and how you can help push for reform.

  • 00:00:30 Introduction of Dr. Amy Yeboah
  • 00:01:08 Black Lives Matter movement
  • 00:12:45 Pushing meaningful change
  • 00:28:18 Defunding the police and restructuring the law enforcement agencies
  • 00:34:30 Enslavement and Racism
  • 00:38:33 Pushing the conversations
  • 00:44:48 End of discussion
Ep. 6: Steve Woods, Founder of Nudge.Ai and Eloqua

Ep. 6: Steve Woods, Founder of Nudge.Ai and Eloqua

Steve Woods is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded, a relationship intelligence platform that helps drive sales, and Eloqua, a company that was acquired by Oracle in 2012. 

He is also the author of the book “Digital Body Language.”

Join us this week to hear how Steve built two largely successful startups, the lessons he has learned along the way, and his predictions for the future.

  • 00:00:34 Introduction of Steve Woods  
  • 00:04:43 Biggest takeaways from his experiences
  • 00:08:17 Eloqua and lessons learnt 
  • 00:22:26 Emerging opportunities post Covid-19
  • 00:34:34 End of discussion