In our previous blog post we explained why we were launching Katalist and one of the reasons was that "The worlds needs more future founders". To have more future founders we need a better understanding of that particular stage in the entrepreneurial journey and one of the way to do this is to highlight the various paths of the many people who've been through it. This is why we are excited to present you "The future founder's journey" interview series.
In "The future founder's journey", we host guests who were future founders when we (myself and my co-founder Zoheb) met them and who are now full time tech founders. Exploring the journey (which sometimes spans many years) from the moment we met them to today.
With this series, we want to show our audience of future, solo and very early stage founders the variety of journeys there are to become founder as well as give them detailed insights of the mindset current tech founders had when they were in their shoes.
This series will take place in the form of live online events and the content will be re-published in our upcoming podcast later on.
We are really excited, to introduce the first 2 guests who have accepted to be interviewed as part of this series.
Rich is the CEO & Founder of the Y-Combinator backed startup Business Score, which connects SMEs with funding options. Previously he was a management consultant at McKinsey where he served third, public and private sector clients. He's a trained community organiser who worked on the Living Wage campaign and lead Partnerships at the Spirit of London Awards. He studied at the London School of Economics where he was also elected to the universities Court of Governors.
I met Rich in 2017, when he was still a consultant at McKinsey, way before he
started Business Score but when he already had entrepreneurial aspirations. It was on the back of a Founders of the Future event we organised. However, funnily enough, Rich didn't attend the event, I met him quite randomly in the bar across the street as we were having our post event drinks with a few of the remaining guests.
Henry is the Co-founder and CTO of Snapcommerce which is a **mobile commerce + fintech company with 20MM+ members doing $1B in total sales in 2021. They help customers experience more of what life has to offer, regardless of income or circumstance. They raised $100M+ in venture funding so far and count among their investors none other than NBA superstar Steph Curry.
Henry is an ex-Google engineer who graduated in the top 1% of his class at Waterloo and has a Masters in Machine Learning from GATech. I met Henry in 2013 when he was still a student at Waterloo University and applied for Startup Dream Team, the summer bootcamp I ran in Silicon Valley with my previous company Silicon Students.
I remember being impressed by his application has he had already started a startup and he mentioned the fact he used machine learning to apply the Moneyball model to college football teams.
If you can't attend but know of people who would be interested, feel free to send them the links. And stay tuned for announcements of our upcoming guests, we have many more founders with incredible stories to highlight.