Tag Archives: #Entrepreneurship

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26. Teaching Financial Literacy Through Technology with Evan Leaphart



Your credit is important, and it is something that is going to either propel you toward or hold you back from financial independence.

So why is that so many people know next to nothing about how credit scores work?

In this episode, Malcolm Ethridge sits down with Evan Leaphart, founder of Kiddie Kredit, to discuss his journey as a founder and to talk about the importance of teaching financial literacy. Evan shares his own credit story and explains how he is using technology to teach kids about personal finance as early as possible. 

Evan discusses: 

  • His role in creating Black Men Talk Tech and how it came to fruition
  • Why he feels passionate about financial literacy 
  • How he moved himself from an idea to creating Kiddie Kredit
  • How Kiddie Kredit works to educate the entire family about credit 
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Evan Leaphart is the founder and CEO of Kiddie Kredit and the co-founder of Black Men Talk Tech. He creates online curriculums for schools, organizations, and families to teach children about the fundamentals of finance.


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24. Founding a Tech Company with a Background as a Marketer with Hassan Riggs



When you think of the founder of a tech company, your mind tends to immediately picture an engineer in a hoodie hunched over a laptop coding into the wee hours of the night.

But for the founders of some of the largest tech companies that you know and love, this isn’t the case. It is possible to launch and scale a tech company with little technical expertise.

In this episode, Malcolm Ethridge sits down with Hassan Riggs, founder, and CEO of Smart Alto, as they speak about Hassan’s experience building his tech company with a marketing background. Hassan recalls his own experiences and offers some advice for anyone who wants to take the leap of faith and pursue their big idea.

Hassan discusses: 

  • What he recognized was missing in the real estate industry that led him to create Smart Alto
  • Using clock time versus calendar time to decide when to start a business
  • Using a market-product fit rather than a product-market fit
  • Tools and tactics you can use to build and maintain great relationships 
  • Advice on how to get past mental blockage limiting you from starting something
  • And more

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23. The Gender Pay Gap Around Equity Compensation with Brooke Harley



According to a study by Rutgers Institute, 24% of male employees hold employer stock options while only 17% of female employees do. 

Looking at it from a dollars and cents perspective, in 2018, the average value of a stock option for a male employee was $104,902 compared to $26,361 for a woman. 

These staggering numbers made it imperative to jump back into our series on stock compensation much sooner than planned. In this episode, Malcolm Ethridge is joined by Brooke Harley, founder and CEO of Class Rebel, as they talk about the gender disparity in owning equity, and how to negotiate for more. 

Brooke discusses: 

  • The advantage individuals who attended elite colleges have when raising money for their startups
  • Why she’s always focused negotiations on how much equity she’d receive over salary compensation
  • The idea that it might be easier to negotiate with your employer for more stock rather than cash when going up for a promotion
  • Courses that Class Rebel is introducing to help women understand how to negotiate their equity package
  • Reasons that women might be overlooked or offered less when it comes to stock options
  • And more

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About Our Guest:

Before launching ClassRebel, Brooke Harley founded a venture fund in 2014, raising $32 million from 50 consumer industry founders, CEOs and executives for investment in early stage brands. She has evaluated hundreds of private investments.


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Episode 5 – From Employee to Employer – with Calvin Williams



Some say entrepreneurship is the new job security. We aim to explore what entrepreneurship looks like first hand and what it takes to be successful.

In this episode, Malcolm is joined by Calvin Williams, CEO of Freeman Capital, as they discuss what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how you can make your side hustle into your full time job.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Calvin’s story of becoming an entrepreneur  
  • Why Calvin created Freeman Capital  
  • What sets Freeman Capital apart from competitors  
  • The financial planning associated with becoming an entrepreneur
  • Calvin’s advice to anyone wanting to pursue entrepreneurship  
  • And more!

Tune into this episode to hear real life stories and advice from someone who was able to make the leap into entrepreneurship.

Resources: MalcomEthridge.com | Malcolm Ethridge | Manage Your Damn Money | Calvin Williams | Freeman Capital