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He founded a multimillion-dollar start-up. Here’s what this former investor looks for in a winning business idea
But as a former start-up investor himself, he had a head start when it came to pitching for funding.
Having been an early backer of Southeast Asian ride-hailing company Gojek and other regional start-ups .......
Nigeria-Born Tope Awotona Poured His Life Savings Into Calendly. Now He’s One Of America’s Wealthiest Immigrants
Tope Awotona, the 40-year-old founder and chief executive of Calendly, leans back in his chair and lets loose a loud guffaw.
“You call it on message, I call it the truth,” he says, slapping his hands on the table. The truth, as Awotona has it, is that everyone needs Calendly, his scheduling software, to lead better, more productive, happier work lives........
Family Business News
After meeting 17 years ago, sisters now helm the country’s largest Black-owned wine brand
Andréa McBride was a 16 year old living in foster care in New Zealand when she got a phone call from her biological dad in Alabama. He told her he was dying of cancer and wanted to do one last thing before passing: connect her to another daughter he had — her sister, Robin.
In the 17 years since that fateful call, Andréa and Robin have not only met, but in 2005, they founded what is now the largest Black-owned wine company in the United States — and they did it without any seed money from investors........
CANADIAN TECH News
MAGNET FORENSICS FILES FOR $950 MILLION CAD OFFERING FOR “FINANCING FLEXIBILITY”
The digital investigation software startup Magnet Forensics has filed a preliminary short form base shelf prospectus and is looking to raise $950 million CAD.
It plans to offer subordinate voting shares, preferred shares, debt securities, warrants, subscription receipts, units, or any combination during the 25-month period that the base shelf prospectus is effective...
Side Hustle News
This 30-year-old quit his job to work on his side hustle. Now he’s on track to make $200,000 in sales this year
Sometimes it takes a major life event to push you in the right direction.
Last April, I spent my 29th birthday battling Covid-19 in my bedroom. I had to take time off from my full-time job as a speech pathologist at a hospital in Providence, Rhode Island to quarantine. The experience forced me to think about my future and what really made me happy in life.......
Side Hustle News
This 40-year-old started a side hustle while living on welfare—now she makes over $1 million a year in sales
In 2007, I was a 25-year-old single mother working a $12-per-hour, dead-end insurance job in Dallas.
I was living below the poverty line and qualified for government assistance, including Section 8, which helps low- to moderate-income families with affordable housing. My entire income went towards rent, gas, daycare and, regrettably, payday loans in order to survive until my next paycheck.....
This 26-year-old turned her side hustle into a $170,000-per-year business: ‘4 things I wish I knew sooner’
In 2020, at age 24, I quit my job as an engineer to focus on my travel blogging side hustle. That turned out to be the best career decision I’ve ever made.
My blog, Packs Light, brought in over $170,000 in gross income last year, thanks to sponsored social media posts, blog articles and B2B marketing consultations........