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This is a podcast about money, specifically what happens to your money after you get paid. I’m going to be talking to you all about the problems of work and money. About what happens over the course of the week, where your paycheck just evaporates.
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WHERE’S THE FUNDING?

WTF (Where Is The Funding?!) Podcast

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The WHERE’S THE FUNDING? podcast demystifies entrepreneurship and the fog around funding for Black and other underserved entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs share their entrepreneurship journeys, fundraising experiences, and success connecting to capital to inform, motivate, and inspire other entrepreneurs on a similar journey. WTF? features interviews with investors, people who work in corporate philanthropy, grant-making, marketing, and public relations (PR). Listeners gain practical strategies, ...
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How I Bootstrapped a Luxury Jet Business with Michael Darko S7 Ep. 6 Michael Darko is the founder & CEO of Farringdon Jets, The Worlds Most Security Focused Jet Charter Company. After becoming familiar with the needs of High- and Ultra-High-Net-Worth-Individuals through his international career in property and offshore wealth management, Michael de…
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Be Hungry But Not Thirsty When Pitching VCs with Arlan Hamilton S7 Ep. 5 Seven years ago she was broke and sleeping on the airport floor. Now she is a successful investor, entrepreneur, and author.. Arlan Hamilton of Backstage Capital, Runner and author of Its About Damn Time published well before singer Lizzos popular song by the same name. Backst…
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Scaling Black Beauty with Leslie Roberson S7 Ep. 4 The US beauty industry is worth about $60 billion and spending on beauty is robust among Black Americans, a diverse and growing group of 41 million people with increasing spending power. In 2021, they spent $6.6 billion on beauty. However, Black brands make up only 2.5 percent of revenue in the bea…
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Investing in BIPOC Founders and Normalizing Black Wealth with Danielle Shoots S7 Ep. 3 Danielle Shoots is the Managing Partner and Managing Director of the New Community Transformation Fund a $50 million equity venture capital fund for BIPOC founders in Denver. She is also President and CEO of Wealth Equity Enterprises, her holdings company, which …
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Pull Up and Pitch to Win with Omi Bell S7. Ep. 2 She dabbled in all sorts of ventures such as building a tent in her living room to rent on AirBnB, building furniture, owning a t-shirt company and a print shop before she started Black Girl Ventures. Stick around to hear how this system disruptor moves ideas to profit while empowering people to live…
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OMG Milestone Season with Michelle McKenzie S7 Ep.1 Hey WTF? Podcast listeners! If you are new here, welcome. If you have been rocking with me for a while, thank you for being here! Its been three years of podcasting and before the end of this season I will hit the 100th episode mark! Stay tuned to see what it will be about and make sure to check o…
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Changing the Funding Ecosystem for Afropreneurs with Fernando Cabral S6 Ep. 12 If you are an early-stage Black founder, keep listening to learn how to survive your first 24 months as a startup entrepreneur. Fernando Cabral is the co-founder of Djassi Africa, which invests in African tech-enabled startups and ecosystem builders by providing world-cl…
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5 Fundability Factors for Building Small Business Credit with Jonathan Fodera S6 Ep.11 If you are a small business owner, lean in and keep listening to hear more about how to structure your business to qualify for SBA and commercial bank credit for your business. My guest is the President of Integrated Business Financing, and the host of the podcas…
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Strategies to Standout on Social Media, Market and Increase Revenues with Danielle Jeter S6 Ep.9 Danielle P. Jeter has been quoted in over 20 national publications for her ability to advocate, inspire, lead, and build community. Her relentless pursuit of storytelling has culminated in hundreds of media features for her clients and partners! Daniell…
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How I Show Up as Woman in a Male Dominated Industry with Vava Angwenyi S6 Ep.8 How much do you know about your coffee before it comes out of your Keurig coffee machine or handed to you by the barista at your favorite coffee shop? We hardly have any stories told by the coffee producer or the person living in that country and experiencing all the emo…
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How to Win Business Grants with the Grant Lady Danita Doleman S6 Ep. 7 My guest is known as the Grant Lady. If you want to learn how to win grants for your business or nonprofit, break out your notebook and pen, tablet, or the notes app on your phone, sit in a quiet place and listen. Oh, and you can write a review and thank me later! Danita C. Dole…
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6 Characteristics of a Valued Business with Kevin Valley S6 Ep. 6 How do you know if you are building a business that is valued or investible? Keep listening to learn the 6 criteria for building a valuable business from Kevin Valley, host of The Value podcast who is helping entrepreneurs structure and grow successful businesses that can attract inv…
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5 Ways to Improve Your PR and Business Communication with Phoenix Jackson S6 Ep. 5 Do you need some results-based tips and strategies to help you level up your PR and business communication? Stick around! By the end of this episode, you will learn a few strategies that you can implement right away. My guest is Phoenix Jackson. Phoenix is the Founde…
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I Am the Big Deal: Fundraising and Entrepreneurship Lesson Learned with Kadion Preston S6 Ep. 4 If you are an immigrant like me, do you ever close your eyes and dream of some of your favorite foods from your home country? Caribbshopper turned that dream into a reality for people in the Caribbean diaspora when it launched in 2021. Listen to this epi…
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5 Things Women of Color Should Do to Improve Their Access to Capital with Adeola Adejobi S6 Ep. 3 As women, we know its true. Women more broadly, women of color in particular and Black women especially have less access to capital and face compounded intersectional challenges in business.. One of the many hurdles is capital access for women of color…
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Growing from Zero to One with Drew Glover S6 Ep. 2 If you are struggling to find the right marketing strategy for your business or with figuring out which are the right hires to get your company to the next stage, keep listening. My guest will ube discussing what makes a hstrong go-to-market strategy and how to build a team from zero to one and bey…
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Hey WTF? Podcast listeners! If you are new here, welcome and if you have been rocking with me for a while, well, its been too long since I did a solo episode, so, here we are! I have been at this podcast for a little while now and I am taking stock of what I can do better to serve your needs as listeners. Please complete this survey to let me know …
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How Foundation and Government Grants Stifle Social Innovation with Linc Kroeger S5 Ep.12 Linc Kroeger is the President of Knight Moves, a limiting profit company creating the next generation of elite technology professionals through extensive training in technology disciplines, with an intentional focus on including Native Americans, and rural, and…
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Beauty Entrepreneurs Shares How She Caught Beypnces Attention + How She Wins Grants to Fund Her Business with Ezinne Iroanya S5 Ep. 11 Ezinne Iroanya is the CEO of SKNMUSE, a premium beauty brand championing Inclusivity and Sustainability in luxury. She comes with over a decade of experience working for brands like Lancome, and Dior. For her, beaut…
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What you Need to Know About Black Philanthropy and How to Benefit From It with Dr. Jackie Copeland S5 Ep. 10 Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland has been laying tracks for the narrative on Black Philanthropy for over 20 years. With the support of Reunity, formerly the Pan-African Women's Philanthropy Network, Black Philanthropy Month launched in 2001 with …
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Investor Shares What Every Startup Founder Should Know About Structuring a Successful Board with Mahendra Ramsinghani S5 Ep.9 Mahendra Ramsinghani is the author of two books - The Business of Venture Capital and The Resilient Founder and co-author of Startup Boards with Brad Feld and Matt Blumberg. He is also the Founder of Secure Octane - a cybers…
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This White Male Investor Uses His Privilege to Help Underrepresented Founders Raise Capital with Steven Freidmutter S5 E8. Steven Freidmutter is the CEO of SF Ventures who has been navigating the world of business and entrepreneurship for decades, donning many hats ranging from passionate start-up investor to advisory board member and mentor to you…
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Family Business Expert Breaks Down the Secrets to Building Business and Family Legacy with Nike Anani S5 Ep.7 Nike Anani is a succession specialist with over a decade of family enterprise expertise as a second-generation business owner and family office pioneer. She is co-founder of African Family Firms, the largest pan-African community of family …
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Put on your seatbelts listeners, this episode dives right into the scary stuff. It may be spooky season, but it’ll take more than a quick chant and a white candle to exorcise these menaces. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/appSupport the show…
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5 Things Women of Color Should Do When They Fundraise with Susan Jeffers S5 Ep.6 My guest is Susan Jeffers. Susan is an investor and founder and CEO of XY Retail, a new platform helping luxury retailers streamline & manage operations in-store and online (reduced return time from 3 minutes to less than a second), as consumers return to in-store shop…
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Monopolize the Real Estate Capital Raising Game with Tyla Flowers S5. Ep.5 Tyla Flowers is an entrepreneur, and VP of Investor Relations & Managing Partner at Smile Hospitality Inc, Hotel Owner, Published Author, and Hospitality Real Estate Investor with over 15 years of experience and hospitality expertise. In this episode we discussed: Why she st…
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She Was Told If Your Fund Fails No One Will Ever Invest in Black Entrepreneurs Again with Kelli Jones S5 Ep. 4 Kelli Jones is the Sixty8 Capital co-founder, managing director, and the first-ever Black, female VC in the state of Indiana. She is also the co-founder of Be Nimble, a not-for-profit social enterprise with the goal of advancing diversity …
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She Quit Her Job After Two Weeks on YouTube and Built The Onyx Family Media Empire Without Funding with Rita Mitchell S5 Ep.3 Rita is the mastermind, Founder, and CEO of the Onyx Family brands. Rita is the mastermind, Founder, and CEO of the Onyx Family brand and a self-made media giant. The Onyx Family had 7M total subscribers on Youtube, 81.3M av…
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Why Non-Dilutive Revenue-Based FInancing is an Alternative to VC with Melissa Winder S5 Ep.2 Melissa Widner is an entrepreneur, investor, and CEO of Lighter Capital, the pioneer and leader in revenue-based financing for tech startups, founders, and companies. She was the founder and CEO of 7Software, a Silicon Valley-based enterprise software compa…
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How I Used Corporate Sponsorships to Grow a Seven-Figure Business with Chantel George S5 Ep.1 Chantel George is the founder of Sistas In Sales (SIS) - the largest global organization for women of color in sales. She founded Sistas In Sales out of a determination to promote, support, and encourage women of color in sales across all industries. Sista…
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What you will learn from Lindsay in this episode: Some misconceptions that entrepreneurs have about marketing how to marketing success. The top 5 marketing mistakes that small business owners make and what can they do immediately to avoid those mistakes The 3 most cost effective marketing strategies that entrepreneurs with small marketing budgets s…
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My guest today is Ropa Murombo, dog-mom, tech entrepreneur and co-founder and COO of Feniska, a company that builds innovative solutions for pets and pet parents that bring the Pet-Tech industry to new heights. Ropa was born in Harare - a city of hustlers. The entrepreneurial gene was embedded in her at a young age as she grew up surrounded by peop…
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Brian Aoaeh is a Cofounder and General Partner of Refashiond Ventures, an emerging venture fund manager that invests in early-stage supply chain technology. He cofounded the New York Supply Chain Meetup and the WordWide Supply Chain Federation. He is an adjunct professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management at the Tandon School of Engineering …
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Curtis May is the host of The Practical Wealth Show Podcast and the creator and owner of Practical Wealth Advisors. For more than 35 years, Custis has been passionate about helping his clients save money and live their very best life, right now. His primary focus is to help individuals and families become financially free by following the principle…
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Marketing By Monrae is the owner of Rare Necessity Brand Management LLC, a published author, and a digital marketing maven. Opening her firm in 2013 as a sophomore in college, Monrae designed Rare Necessity with the intention of creating a space where creatives will have the tools and resources to help make their businesses successful. Since the fi…
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Nick Davis, is the Founder and CEO (Chief Chocolate Officer) of One One Cacao. One One Cacao is an internationally recognized, award-winning small-batch chocolate company based in St Mary, Jamaica. He is also a member of the Cross Atlantic Chocolate Collective, a collection of Black Chocolate makers that is is rewriting the narrative, and decoloniz…
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Keith Daniel and Tom Droege are intentional about funding Black entrepreneurs and bringing more equity to venture capital. They stop by WHERE'S THE FUNDING? to discuss inequalities in the VC ecosystem, whether the VC model is suitable for Black entrepreneurs, and what they are doing to create access to funding for Black founders. Through Resilient …
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Her series A round took 9 years to raise overdue but right on time. Afffiong Williams stops by WHERE'S THE FUNDING? to discuss her nine-year journey to raising Series A funding, the role trust and vision played during the wait, her advice for women in agribusiness, and how to meet the $200 billion demand for finance for agribusinesses. If slow and …
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"The power of us as women fund managers controlling the capital, controlling the decision, I think that's quite transformational." Ada Osakwe This investor is reducing barriers for African women entrepreneurs with her new franchising program. Ada Osakwe, the Founder & Chief Executive of Agrolay Ventures an early-stage VC fund, and Nuli, a food, and…
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"If DEI is put as this divorced and separate thing over here, it won't last." Aiko Bethea DEI influencer Aiko Bethea stops by WHERE'S THE FUNDING? to discuss the need for more transformational DEI in the current funding ecosystem and what needs to happen to make it more equitable. DEI as a field has been around since the late 1960s but has become a…
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"The boostrapping life is not cool, so yes, please take the money." Walle Mafolasire The secrets to bootstrapping are revealed. Walle Mafolasire (pronounced Wall-AY Mafo-LAH-shee-ray) stops by WHERE' THE FUNDING? to share his bootstrapping journey and why you shouldn't if you don't have to, and what he thinks is the hardest part of bootstrapping. T…
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"I will not allow a $75K decision to stop a billion-dollar vision" Keisha Manning This spirited Jamaican-American is on a mission and success for her is non-negotiable. Keisha Manning stops by WHERE'S THE FUNDING? to talk about the tech company she is building, her funding journey, and why she thinks it will be a billion-dollar company. Keisha spen…
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Trust is an important component of fundraising between the investor and investee and it is a two-way relationship. Investors require due diligence from founders but it is equally important for founders to do their own due diligence on the investor they are pursuing. This is to ensure that they can trust and like the person or company they are enter…
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