Navigating Startup Culture Through a Black Lens with Cheryl Contee – Ep 20

It’s time to get real about being a Black entrepreneur, especially in startup culture. Most entrepreneurial teachers (those who are white) do not speak to the experiences and challenges we face when adding race and gender to the mix. The old advice and the old paradigms don’t work for us. As Black people we typically enter entrepreneurship with less access, resources, and a smaller network than our white counterparts.

In this episode Cheryl Contee, author of the newly released book Mechanical Bull: How You Can Achieve Startup Success, joins me to discuss how to navigate startup culture as a Black or Black female entrepreneur. Learn what you need to be aware of, how to operate from OUR experiences and not the assumed white experience, and how to break old ways of approaching business that are ultimately holding us back!

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Cheryl Contee is the award-winning CEO of the digital agency Do Big Things, a diverse team that is using a new narrative and new tech to create global change in a new era. Previously, Cheryl was CEO of Fission Strategy, which brought Silicon Valley startup culture to the world’s leading causes and campaigns. She’s the cofounder of, the first tech startup with a black female founder to be acquired by a NASDAQ company; the national board chair for Netroots Nation, an affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society; and a proud cofounder of #YesWeCode. 

Mechanical Bull by Cheryl Contee is available on Amazon in Kindle and Paperback.

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