Founders Unfound

Founders Unfound

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Stephen Ajayi - YearOne

OUR SPONSORS FOR THIS EPISODE:Trajectory: Startup - Ideation to Product/Market FitA brand new book by entrepreneur and investor Dave Parker.This hot-off-the-presses publication is THE playbook for those at the earliest stages of the startup journey. Or even if you are just contemplating the jump to entrepreneurship. To get this great resource, go to or find anywhere you buy books.In this episode Stephen and Dan discussed:growing up in an Oregon suburbhow a chance elective sent his life on a new pathworking with his brother as co-founderswhy a developer's non-coding background mattersStephen Ajayi is the Co-Founder and CEO of YearOne, a company that helps individuals coming out of code schools, land incredible jobs. But getting jobs for Bootcamp grads is not all they do. YearOne also supports new employees through their early careers within technology companies - setting them up for long-term success as well. Stephen knows the journey of the YearOne community, intimately. He moved away from a pre-med track in college to pursue programming, all from the chance selection of taking an elective course in computer science. He went on to dive headfirst in a coding school and ultimately emerged as a Sales VP for a Silicon Valley startup. So, he’s seen from both sides the challenges and friction in the hiring process. And YearOne is particularly focused on coders coming from less traditional backgrounds. And to him, those backgrounds are a major strength. YearOne has a great journey - through the Portland tech ecosystem, to Techstars, and now with backing from great investors like Zeal Capital Partners and Black Founders Matter.Stephen and YearOne have a terrific story. Make sure to listen in.MORE on STEPHEN and Founders Unfound: Like and share - help us grow!PODCAST TRANSCRIPT#blackfounders #blackentrepreneurs #founderstory #underrepresented #underestimated #founderAfricandescent #techplacement See for privacy and opt-out information.

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