In our latest episode of The Progression Puzzle, we welcome not one but two incredible guests, co-founders of Flair Darrell Coker and Nii Cleland.
Flair is a racial equity technology platform that helps organisations to progress toward creating racially equitable cultures. The key advantage that Flair brings to companies is helping to gather data and measure progress compared with goals.
Darrell and Nii are groundbreaking entrepreneurs who in their first round of funding have managed to raise $1.8 million - an incredible achievement however the journey there has not been plain sailing. They have both had to learn to reflect and adapt particularly during the pandemic.
As part of their conversation with Barrington-Hibbert Associates CEO Michael Barrington-Hibbert, Darrell and Nii talk about the ups and downs of their journey. From struggling with funding to experiencing racial prejudice and everything in between.
This is a must-listen for anyone starting on their entrepreneurial journey with learnings from incredible entrepreneurs who have experienced all the highs and lows but triumphed on the other side.
00:04 - Introduction to The Progression Puzzle
00:59 - Introduction to co-founders of Flair, Darrell Coker and Nii Cleland
01:58 - What is Flair and what are your roles within the company?
03:37 - How did 2020 impact Flair as a business and both of you as leaders?
06:30 - What made you decide to pivot towards the second iteration of Flair?
11:08 - What were your experiences of completing funding rounds as Black founders?
14:44 - What advice would you give to people wanting to raise funds?
18:04 - How are Flair as a platform encouraging companies to address their racial bias'?
23:42 - What industries have been early adopters of Flair?
26:13 - Who were your role models growing up?
29:51 - What are some of the experiences of prejudices within the technology and sports sectors you have experienced?
35:47 - What has been the most rewarding part of your career so far and how do you balance life as an entrepreneur?
42:42 - Summary of the podcast
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