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Kathryn Finney Talks About Her Book “Build The Damn Thing: How to Start a Successful Business if You're Not a Rich White Guy” - Startup of the Year Podcast

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On this episode of the Startup of the Year Podcast, we hear an interview with Kathryn Finney that took place at SXSW. Kathryn is a longtime community contributor and she is the Founder and Managing General Partner of Genius Guild, a Chicago-based venture fund that invests in scalable businesses led by Black founders using innovation to build and promote healthy communities. She had a new book published last summer titled, “Build The Damn Thing: How to Start a Successful Business if You're Not a Rich White Guy,” that made the Wall Street Journal bestsellers list in its first week of release. Check out the book today at: 

We also again mention an event that we have coming up on May 15 - 18, the SBA will host the second America’s Seed Fund Week. This series of virtual events connects startups and small businesses working on advanced technologies to the country’s largest source of early-stage funding. America’s Seed Fund serves as a springboard by providing over $4 billion in funding to early-stage startups and small businesses each year as innovators take their technology from R&D through to commercialization. Check out more about the event and register today at: 

Lastly, we again shine a spotlight on one of the startups from our community and that company is PayBee, which is an all-in-one fundraising events platform built for nonprofits hosting events in any format. Paybee’s event features provide you the ability to streamline your fundraising event planning, executing and follow-up using cutting edge technology tools. Go to to learn more!

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