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19. Gumroad’s Sahil Lavingia: Weekend Warrior.

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Sahil Lavingia is the founder and CEO of Gumroad, a web platform where creators can sell products directly to consumers. He was previously employee #2 at Pinterest.

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Sahil Lavingia

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18. Tiffany Dufu – “I raised a million dollars to give women a space to help each other thrive.”

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Tiffany is a recognized national expert on women’s leadership and author of DROP THE BALL: Achieving More by Doing Less. She is the founder and CEO of The Cru, what she calls a “constellation of women” committed to helping one another thrive. Don’t have a cru? Don’t worry. They got you.

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Tiffany Dufu

 

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17. Matthew Sniff – “Our company’s culture has played a major role in our earning $1mil in sales.”

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Matt is a former software engineer (turned startup CEO) with a passion for developing products. His company Map My Customers is redefining what sales execution and territory management means for teams around the globe and is now one of the leading data visualization and geo-analytics tools used by thousands of sales teams across the world.

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Matthew Sniff

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16. Delane Parnell – “My esports company has raised nearly $100 million in 2 years.”

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Delane Parnell is the founder of PlayVS, a fast-rising esports platform specializing in high schools. Launched in 2017, PlayVS is the official operator of esports in high schools in 15 U.S. states, and counting. and has raised nearly $100mil – half of that in their latest Series C round of a whopping $50mil. Born and raised in Detroit, 27-year old Delane has been working since he was 13, was at one point the youngest Black venture capitalist in the country, and has owned and sold companies since he was a teenager.

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Delane Parnell

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15. Mel Robbins – “My TED talk has been viewed 20 million times.”

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Mel Robbins is one of the most booked women speakers in the world. She’s an inspirational speaker, a best-selling author, and now a daytime
talk show host. The Mel Robbins Show, produced by Sony, debuts Sept 16, 2019. Listen in on this electric conversation recorded in Mel’s New York office.

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Mel Robbins

 

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14. Melissa Butler – “We were once called ‘clown makeup’, now we’re growing 300% year-over-year.”

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Detroit native Melissa Butler is the founder of beauty brand The Lip Bar, which has become a nationwide phenomenon. Melissa obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance from Florida A & M University before working on Wall Street as a licensed stock broker. In 2012 she made a life pivot and grew an indie upstart into what has become a multimillion dollar business. The Lip Bar has a flagship store in Detroit, and can be found in nearly 500 Target locations nationwide.

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Melissa Butler

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13. Ryan Hoover – “The truth about money.”

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Ryan Hoover is the co-founder and CEO of the wildly popular startup platform Product Hunt. After selling it to AngelList, he remains at the helm of the company and leads a ~20-person remote team across the world. Product Hunt has helped give meaningful exposure to more than 50,000 companies and their tens of millions of product launches, and Ryan is regarded as one of the most influential people in tech. He now also invests in startups out of his Weekend Fund and recently relocated from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

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Ryan Hoover

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12. Paul Judge – “The money I’m spending today is the result of the hard work I put in 15 years ago.”

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Paul Judge is an entrepreneur, inventor and investor who has been based in Atlanta since 1995. He is a co-founder of TechSquare Labs, Pindrop (valued at $600million as of Dec 2018), Luma (acquired 2018), and Purewire (acquired 2009), and former Chief Technology Officer of CipherTrust (acquired 2006). He has invested in over 60 technology startups to date. Paul also briefly worked with IBM and NASA. His companies have gone on to exit for hundreds of millions of dollars cumulatively.

Paul is featured prominently in Fast Company’s September 2019 Atlanta issue.

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Paul Judge

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11. Justin Kan – “When I first heard that valuation, I fell to my knees and laughed.”

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Justin Kan is the co-founder of Twitch, a live streaming company that was acquired by Amazon for nearly $1 billion in 2014 and is currently used by more than 15 million people daily. He’s a former Y Combinator (startup accelerator) partner, and has invested in dozens of companies as an angel investor. Today he is the founder and CEO of Atrium, a legal startup for the modern age.

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Justin Kan

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Producer and Editor: Anna Eichenauer
Senior Producer: Bryan Landers
Additional audio mixing and mastering: Alfred ‘Rook‘ Hamilton
Additional production: Chacho Valadez
Executive producer: Arlan Hamilton

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10. Jewel Burks – “I sold my computer-vision company to Amazon for millions.”

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Jewel Burks Solomon is co-founder of Partpic, an Atlanta-based startup that was designed to streamline the purchase of maintenance and repair parts using computer vision technology. After Partpic was acquired by Amazon in 2016, Jewel became an angel investor and advisor to dozens of startups across the country. She is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and a graduate of Howard University.

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Jewel Burks Solomon

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