Episode Drop: Odunayo Eweniyi
Accepting imperfection, patience, helping others grow, and why representation for founders matters.
Breaking Barriers | Nigeria, Women in FinTech, Challenging Expectations, Forbes Africa 30 Under 30
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Odunayo Eweniyi is an inspiring and refreshing ambassador for female founders around the world, and I’m very excited to bring you her story. The co-founder and COO of Piggy Vest is a Nigerian business executive and activist. Her accomplishments have earned her recognition in Forbes Africa's list of 20 New Wealth Creators in Africa 2019, Bloomberg 50 2020, and Time 100.
Beyond her accolades, Odunayo’s entrepreneurial journey was born out of determination and bravery to make a positive change for the world. As we explore her entrepreneurial path, you’ll learn the importance of not internalizing failure, projecting calmness in the face of stress, accepting imperfection, and the strength of patience. She is a reminder to the world that you don’t need to be a ‘tech bro’ from Silicon Valley to be a successful founder – you just need the right vision, unflinching determination, and a strong heart.
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Garry Tan: Designer, Engineer, Investor, Human | Family, Culture, and Self-Work
We know you guys loved this one, so check out the full episode with Garry Tan (with video), premiering live on YouTube now!
Garry Tan is a very close friend of mine. The co-founder of Initialized Capital is a veteran entrepreneur, investor, and online content creator. We share a familiar story: a couple of young Asian guys from a family of immigrants in America, building a career in tech, and eventually partnering at Y-Combinator. He also runs a popular YouTube channel, which has inspired me to create my own online content.
This episode is particularly special to me because of how vulnerable Garry was willing to be, and how deeply connected I felt to him after our conversation. It was his trust in me that allowed us to discuss topics he hasn’t revealed anywhere else – growing up with an alcoholic father, going through therapy, learning to pull back the mask, and recognizing when expectations can be self-destructive. I am incredibly grateful for the amount of trust Garry has placed in me as a friend. This episode is a reminder for me personally that everyone is fighting their own battles. Conversations like this one with Garry represent why I started this podcast: to bring these stories to you.