Mission Driven - Episode 19 - Ulili Onovakpuri (Kapor Capital)
Mission Driven
by Better Ventures
3M ago
We’re honored to have Uriridiakoghene “Ulili” Onovakpuri, Managing Partner at Kapor Capital, join us on Mission Driven. At Kapor, Ulili leads investments in the health tech and people operations tech companies. She is also the founder of Kapor Capital’s Fellows program, the longest running venture capital internship program for underrepresented individuals. Previously, she served as Director of Global Programs at Village Capital, a global accelerator program and venture capital firm. Ulili received her MBA with a concentration in Health Sector Management from Duke University’s Fuqua School of ..read more
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Mission Driven - Episode 18 - Miriam Rivera (Ulu Ventures)
Mission Driven
by Better Ventures
3M ago
Miriam Rivera holds a number of titles at Ulu Ventures including co-founder, managing director, and champion of the underdog and longshot. She is a distinguished investor known for her dynamic contributions in the tech, legal, and philanthropic sectors. At Ulu, Miriam upholds her mission of supporting transformative startups where her investment approach actively champions underrepresented founders. In this episode of Mission Driven, Miriam discusses how she went from the second hire on the Google legal team to scaling the team over a hundred, Ulu’s portfolio construction philosophy, and how t ..read more
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Mission Driven - Episode 17 - Amy Francetic - Buoyant Ventures
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by Better Ventures
3M ago
Amy Francetic, Managing General Partner & co-founder of Buoyant Ventures, joins Rick on Mission Driven in the last of our series about electrification. Amy’s career spans 25 years of high tech entrepreneurship, private equity, and research. Before founding Buoyant, a firm based in Chicago investing in digital climate solutions for energy, transportation, agriculture, water, and the built environment, she co-founded and served as CEO of Evergreen Climate Innovations, a tech accelerator. In this episode, Amy discusses her path to co-founding Buoyant, a 100% female owned VC, investing in elec ..read more
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Mission Driven - Episode 16 - Astrid Atkinson (Camus Energy)
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by Better Ventures
3M ago
Astrid Atkinson joins Rick on the latest episode of Mission Driven to chat about electrification. Astrid is co-founder & CEO of Camus Energy, which provides software-based Grid Management as a Service, combining real-time situational awareness, device control, and market integration for grid operators and energy providers. Prior to founding Camus, she was a Senior Director of Software Engineering at Google, where she was an early leader in distributed systems reliability. She speaks globally as an expert on large scale distributed systems architecture, reliability engineering, and organiza ..read more
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Mission Driven - Episode 15 - Rohan Puri (Stable Auto)
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by Better Ventures
3M ago
We’re joined by Rohan Puri, CEO & co-founder of Stable Auto. Rohan helps us understand software’s role in electrification, chatting about the EV charging landscape. Rohan and his company Stable Auto believe that climate is humanity’s gnarliest problem and that every charger has to be part of the solution. With data-driven insights, Stable Auto helps organizations envision and builds tomorrow’s vital infrastructure. In the episode, Rohan and Rick cover Rohan’s journey from Techstars to Stable Auto, the first electric car (invented much earlier than you might have thought!), and staying true ..read more
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Mission Driven - Episode 14 - Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor (Kapor Capital)
Mission Driven
by Better Ventures
3M ago
We have special guests on the podcast - Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor. The founders of Kapor Capital have released a new book, Closing the Equity Gap, and, on this episode, they discuss their life missions to make the tech industry more diverse and inclusive. Tune in to learn how the two got their start, founded Kapor Capital, and have been pioneers in impact investing. They impart important lessons on the power of “distance traveled” founders who harness their early experiences to found companies that better serve society. You’ll hear stories about the two youngest partners of Kapor Capi ..read more
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Mission Driven - Episode 13 - Robyn Beavers (Blueprint Power)
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by Better Ventures
3M ago
Welcome to Season 2 of Mission Driven! We’re switching things up a bit and diving into a sprint on the theme of electrification. The next few episodes will cover various POVs and a deep dive on the following question: what is the role of software in electrification? Our first guest on electrification is Robyn Beavers, CEO & co-founder of Blueprint Power. Robyn started her career as an energy efficiency consultant and then moved on to become the founding member of Google’s Green Business & Operations strategy team. In this role, she delivered several green strategic programs including t ..read more
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Mission Driven - Episode 12 - Michael Lombardo (BookNook)
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by Better Ventures
3M ago
Michael Lombardo, founder & CEO of BookNook, joins Rick on the latest episode of Mission Driven. BookNook is an online collaborative learning platform that provides reading and math support through lessons, gamification, and assessments. They also provide online tutoring services, connecting district students to vetted tutors. The company is on a mission to ensure equitable access to rigorous and engaging instruction through technology innovation. In the episode, Michael discusses the impact of COVID and distance learning on the growth of the company and the pros and cons of being a n ..read more
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Mission Driven - Episode 11 - Dr. Eric Whitaker (Zing Health)
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by Better Ventures
3M ago
Welcome back to Mission Driven. In this episode, we talk with Dr. Eric Whitaker, Co-Founder and CEO of Zing Health.  Zing's mission is to address social determinants of health to reduce healthcare disparities among historically underserved populations. Their model complements clinical care with behavioral health and community care, collaboration with community partners, technology, and data analytics. Dr. Whitaker began his career as a primary care physician, researcher, and advocate focused on preventive health and healthcare disparities in communities of color and later served as direct ..read more
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Mission Driven - Episode 10 - Muffi Ghadiali (Electriphi and Ford Pro)
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by Better Ventures
3M ago
In this episode, we talk with Muffi Ghadiali. Muffi is the Founder of CEO of Electriphi which was recently acquired by Ford and now is the Head of Ford Pro Charging.  Electriphi is a fleet electrification company at the forefront of the EV industry. They developed a fleet and charging management platform designed to simplify fleet electrification, save energy costs, and track key operational metrics like real-time status of vehicles, chargers and maintenance services. Muffi shared what it was like to build Electriphi from the ground up and through the acquisition by Ford, how his focus on ..read more
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