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Any society that allows itself to become radically unequal eventually collapses into an uprising or a police state—or both. Join venture capitalist Nick Hanauer and some of the world’s leading economic and political thinkers in an exploration of who gets what and why. Turns out, everything you learned about economics is wrong. And if we don’t do something about rising inequality, the pitchforks are coming.
 
Backstage Capital is venture investment fund that backs underrepresented tech startup founders. Since inception in September 2015, Backstage has deployed nearly $2m into 40+ startups around the U.S. that are led by women, POC, and LGBT founders. This podcast takes you behind the scenes to show you what it's like to build a fund from scratch and give you deep insights into what investors are REALLY looking for. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You might steal a donut. But that'll have nothing to do ...
 
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We interviewed Richie Serna in 2018 when Finix was still in its early stages with 4 employees. Two years later, Richie and Sean Donovan have led Finix through a series of successful venture funding rounds and have scaled their impact. We talk with Richie about his journey in raising capital and scaling, advice for underestimated founders and VCs, l…
 
As part of Latinx Heritage month (which for us is all year long), we are highlighting baMa -Business Angel Minority Association. It is a national initiative to create a more inclusive startup ecosystem through early stage investments in Minority-led startups. Learn about Maria’s journey and how you can join this organization: https://businessangelm…
 
Why did the American middle class boom after WWII, and how do we get it booming again? New York Times economics reporter Jim Tankersley joins Paul to lay out the thesis of his new book, ‘The Riches of This Land’—that the economy will thrive when everyone can fully participate in it. Jim Tankersley covers economic and tax policy for The New York Tim…
 
Lili Gangas continues to advocate, mobilize and guide founders and investors in the tech ecosystem. In season 1, we learned about her personal and professional journey. This episode the work that she is doing to close the digital divide, mobilize voters across the nation, and strategically leverage and forge partnerships to advance our community. L…
 
Common Sense Latino is a Common Sense Program which has grown in people and impact. We discuss the program components, how and why it has expanded thus contributing to the growth and retention of LatinX employees inside of Common Sense. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/latino https://www.commonsensemedia.org/…
 
What’s the opposite of neoliberal economics? What would the manifesto of the perfect political party look like? How much money do corporations spend lobbying against taxes, and is it even worth it? Nick and Goldy answer these questions (and more!) from listeners. To ask us a question, use the contact page on our website: https://pitchforkeconomics.…
 
This week, Biden-Sanders unity task force appointee Dr. Abdul El-Sayed walks Nick and Goldy through the Biden transition team’s health care plan. Abdul El-Sayed is a physician, epidemiologist, public health expert, and progressive activist. He is the Chair of Southpaw Michigan and a contributor at CNN. He is the author of ‘Healing Politics’ and the…
 
As part of Latinx Heritage Month, LatinxAmerica is highlighting organizations having a positive impact on our community through the use of digital assets and content. LatinxAmerica highlights the work and people of Common Sense Media. Rocio Lopez talks about what she and her team are doing to offer Latino families information and resources to navig…
 
Ilse Calderon is a Senior Associate at OVO Fund. She talks about her journey into Venture Capital and also provides advice for underrepresented founders. We also discuss why she is advocating for startups to target Hypercultural Latinx when developing products and services. https://www.linkedin.com/in/ilsecalderon/…
 
This week, labor market economist Suresh Naidu explains how his field attempts to account for the influence of power while studying employee/employer relationships, and unveils the hidden tricks of the coercive labor market. Suresh Naidu is a professor of economics and international and public affairs at Columbia University as well as a fellow at t…
 
Joy Carrera is the founder of Carreradigital.io and the host of Basic Brown Nerds. She is a Digital Operations & Business Intelligence Strategist specializing in SaaS, MCNs, and Impact Driven Initiatives. Learn about how she decided to launch her business and what led her to use tech to empower others. https://buildwithjoy.co/ https://www.basicbrow…
 
Yesterday, a groundbreaking study by the RAND Corporation put the first-ever price tag on how much income inequality costs American workers. The bill? $50 trillion. You read that right: $50 trillion has been diverted from working Americans to the wealthiest 1% since 1975. To make sense of this staggering number, Nick and Goldy are joined by mathema…
 
Beatris A. Mendez Gandica talks about her journey into tech, how she landed her job at Microsoft and why she launched Nuevo Foundation. We talk about her commitment to increasing diversity in tech by preparing the next generation of Latinx in STEM. https://nuevofoundation.org/ https://www.pluralsight.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/learning/ https://…
 
Economist Olugbenga Ajilore explains how policymakers should be thinking about rural America (it’s not a monolith), and what interventions we should pursue to provide what he calls a “different kind of help.” Olugbenga Ajilore is a senior economist at the Center for American Progress. His expertise includes regional economic development, macroecono…
 
Samantha Santana is the founder of Santana Sports Management. She launched her own company to help the athletes with public relations challenges, brand management and to connect them with communities in order to give back. In a field dominated by men, she is making inroad and representing diverse clients and connecting them with brands and communit…
 
What would the workplace look like if workers were truly free? Elizabeth Anderson, a leading theorist of democracy and social justice, joins Nick and Goldy for an exploration of the ethical limits of market, theories of value and rational choice, and true freedom. Elizabeth Anderson is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and John Dewey Distinguished Un…
 
In this special bonus episode, Zach talks to political expert Michael Linden about the message that progressives can, and must, hammer home to win. Michael Linden is the Executive Director of the Groundwork Collaborative, an organization working to advance an economic vision for strong, broadly shared prosperity and true opportunity for all. Twitte…
 
Greg Monterrosa, a co-founder of MyLLC.com, and a startup weekend mentor and facilitator shares how he is supporting and advancing entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development. He talks about being a founder and the work that he wants to do to build his legacy and empower the Latinx community. https://www.myllc.com/ http://greg-monterrosa…
 
Neoliberalism arose in the 1970s as a response to the failure of Keynesianism to deal with the effects of stagflation. But what is Keynesianism—and who is John Maynard Keynes? In this author interview, Goldy learns from the Keynes expert, HuffPost senior reporter Zachary Carter, how Keynes’ idea defined American liberalism for much of the 1900s. Za…
 
Ricardo is the founder & CEO of VOIQ. His company raised $5 Million from YCombinator and other top Silicon Valley investors. His company is leading transformation from humans to conversational AI VoiceBots for the Enterprise. We also talk about why he founded the group of the Top Latinx Tech Leaders in the US and what he is doing to support other L…
 
Recessions are inevitable—but the complete economic catastrophe that we’ve experienced for the last five months was not. Professor Trevon Logan explains where we went wrong, debunks myths about the federal unemployment benefit (no, it doesn’t disincentivize people from returning to work!), and calls on Congress to steer us away from this economic c…
 
We know that state budget cuts and other austerity policies worsened the 2008 recession and led to a prolonged, uneven recovery. With state and local leaders already clamoring to meet the impending revenue shortfall caused by the COVID crisis, what have we learned, and what can we do differently? In this bonus episode, Paul talks to Groundwork Coll…
 
Mario talks about how his early childhood experiences shaped his life and allowed him to see things differently in life. He uses this lens when mentoring or working with founders and peers. Mario also talks about a $530 million commitment by PayPal to help support black and other underrepresented communities. Learn about his journey, his priorities…
 
Child care in the U.S. has been in crisis mode for a long time. It’s wildly expensive for families to afford, and difficult for providers to make ends meet. But now, in the age of COVID-19, even the future existence of child care in America is in doubt. Jessyn and Nick tackle the value of care work, the impossibility of finding affordable child car…
 
As we think about wealth differently, we need to begin conversations about risk taking, investing and starting businesses so we can close the wealth gap. Be inspired by Samara’s journey as a founder of Chingona Ventures, a pre-seed and seed stage venture fund focusing on industries that are massively changing and founders that are not always well u…
 
In 12 years, we’ve seen two economic crises with devastating long-term impacts. It seems by now we should be prepared to expect the unexpected… but instead, we’re relying on hastily prepared crisis legislation to save our economy. Again. Economist Lindsay Owens proposes an alternative plan: a standing, off-the-shelf program to stabilize the economy…
 
In collaboration with LatinxVC, we highlight Noramay Cadena - a Founding Partner at MiLA Capital, a seed-stage Venture Capital firm in Los Angeles. We talk about her personal and professional journey into VC and what led her to become a founding member of LatinxVC. Follow her on twitter @noramayc and learn how to join and support LatinxVC at:https:…
 
It’s less than 100 days until Election Day. What are the chances of political realignment? Is vote-by-mail a panacea? And how can despairing citizens contribute to real change? Civic Ventures President and campaign expert Zach Silk and veteran political strategist Cristina Uribe are joining forces to answer your questions about the 2020 election th…
 
Enjoy the full conversation with historian Nancy MacLean, with an extra twelve minutes that didn’t make it into this week’s episode. Nancy MacLean is an award-winning scholar of the twentieth-century U.S. and the William H. Chafe Distinguished Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University. Her book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History…
 
If it seems to you like the ultimate goal of the most extreme conservatives is to undermine democracy and cripple democratic institutions—well, according to historian Nancy MacLean, you’re right. This week, MacLean unpacks the meteoric rise in popularity of the radical right’s ideas, and offers a way forward for progressives, based on lessons from …
 
Gabriel Soto talks about the findings of a recent report conducted by Edison Research and commissioned by Adonde Media, Lantigua Williams & Co., Libsyn, NPR, and Pandora titled The Latino Podcast Listener Report points to great opportunities for current and potential Latinx podcasters. https://www.edisonresearch.com/latino-podcast-listener-report/…
 
The foundational metaphor of neoliberalism is that a rising tide lifts all boats. But, like many other assumptions in economic thought, that idea willfully ignores racism. Economist Joelle Gamble joins Jessyn and Nick to explain that when economists fail to scrutinize theories through the lens of race, they perpetuate racist outcomes. Plus, The Sad…
 
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