Episode 68

Early-Stage Startup Specialist Dan Kihanya


November 19th, 2020

53 mins 24 secs

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About this Episode

    <p>We’ve talked to a lot of people on this podcast. But we’ve never talked to a fellow podcaster. Today we’re changing that with <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/dkihanya" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Dan Kihanya</a>, host of the <a href="https://foundersunfound.com/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">Founders Unfound</a> podcast, which explores exceptional founders of African descent. Dan’s specialties include early-stage start-up strategies, fundraising, lean startup process, product-market fit, and customer growth. Among a long list of accomplishments, he’s the co-founder and Managing Director of Impact Hub Bellevue, and is the co-founder of <a href="https://www.mypoints.com/login" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">MyPoints.com</a>. In our chat, we learn about his background, get the inside story on his podcast, and what we can all do to change venture capital to see the possibilities presented by black entrepreneurs. In addition, we discuss the drive for the corporations to move capital into Black-owned banks and other community-based financial institutions. Of course, we also look into the future.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p><strong>Links to a couple of things we discussed:</strong></p><p><br></p><ul><li><a href="https://foundersunfound.com/covid-19-response_april_2020/" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">The Humanity over Calamity t-shirt</a>&nbsp;</li><li><a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2020/06/11/invest-in-black-founders.html" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">“Black founders are often over-mentored and under-invested,” says Monique Woodard, co-founder of Black Founders.</a>&nbsp;</li></ul><p><br></p>