OUR SPONSOR FOR THIS EPISODE: Valence, a new and exciting community built for black professionalsFounders Unfound listeners: get free membership and priority access hereSign up for the Valence BOOST Challenge: www.valence.community/boostchallengeIn this episode Shanel and Dan discussed:What it's like to grow up with a volunteer EMTHow she reverse-engineered her MBAWhy 911 system challenges can mean life or death for underserved communitiesA different perspective on where to visit Santa during the holidaysWhy MD Ally had to be envisioned through the lens of an underrepresented founderEpisode Shout Outs:Techstars SeattleShanel Fields grew up around EMS and first responders. And early in her career she realized that health tech was a place that fed her desire to make an impact. So it makes sense that she combined these two influences when setting out on her MBA journey. She was able to mold her business school experience completely around what would become her startup - MD Ally.Listen in to hear how!The problem MD Ally solves seems so obvious: 911 dispatchers aren't licensed medical personnel; if you have a health concern, they can't officially diagnose your situation. So, if you need a band-aid or a defibrillator, they send an ambulance either way. Shanel's startup is trying to fix this. She wants to make sure EMS responders aren't tied up with band-aids when time is critical for that defibrillator!The company now has major momentum, having recently:raised a $1 Million seed roundcompleted the Techstars accelerator programbeen featured in the New York TimesMORE on SHANEL and MD ALLYSHANEL:linkedin.com/in/shanelfields/New York Times featureMD ALLY:mdally.comtwitter.com/mdallyinclinkedin.com/company/mdally/Follow Founders Unfound : Like and share - help us grow!PODCAST TRANSCRIPT See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Follow Founders Unfound : Like and share - help us grow!Shanel Fields is founder and CEO of MD Ally, a 911 telehealth solution that allows emergency personnel to triage non-emergency callers to telemedicine. Her company, fresh off of a successful fund-raise, was recently profiled in the New York Times. Shanel has a great story as a black woman founder. You don't want to miss it!FULL EPISODE drops May 28th! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
OUR SPONSOR FOR THIS EPISODE: The Plug(get $10 off annual subscription to TPInsights with code "unfound")Marcus and Dan discussed:The big mistake that cost him eight years of his lifeMarcus' incarceration journey from denial to despair to survival How the cards are stacked against re-entering citizens when they leave prisonHow Marcus responded to the startup call, not once but twice!Why Flikshop is more than just a postcard - it's a lifeline of hopeHaving the triple hurdle: black founder, with a criminal record, and no formal educationEpisode Shout Outs:John Legend Unlocked FuturesMarcus Bullock is as rare as they come. A master motivator, charismatic leader, and passionate change-maker. A founder and CEO of TWO companies. All of that is impressive, but not necessarily unique. What makes him the exception to the exception? He's accomplished what he has despite spending his young formative years in adult, maximum-security prison. What got Marcus through his prison time?It was a piece of mail from his mom EVERY SINGLE day until the day he was released. A letter, note, or seemingly random picture could create hope and positivity, which in turn fueled the will to persevere and thrive. Marcus has now turned his experience into a company: Flikshop. Friends, loved ones, as well as attorneys and other allies, can use Flikshop to send caring sentiments and images, or informational critical for the re-entry process. Listen in to hear more!MORE on MARCUS and FLIKSHOPMARCUS:twitter.com/_marcus_bullock Marcus TED talkFLIKSHOP:flikshop.comtwitter.com/flikshoplinkedin.com/in/flikshop/Follow Founders Unfound : Like and share - help us grow!PODCAST TRANSCRIPT See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Follow Founders Unfound : Like and share - help us grow!Marcus Bullock is founder and CEO of Flikshop, a company that helps families stay connected to their incarcerated loved ones. Marcus has a powerful and authentic personal journey, which has directly resulted in the Flikshop success story. You don't want to miss it!FULL EPISODE drops May 14th! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.