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Earlier this week, I was on a call with a group of black founders thinking of collaborating in a major way. (More details to come) During the meeting, one of the founders said something that I’d never heard before. “ As we work together, we have to understand that many of us have “collaboration trauma” and we need to be cognizant of that as we find new ways to collaborate.”

After the meeting, I went down a rabbit hole trying to figure out if there was any information out there on collaboration trauma and I used my google-fu to find…

We all start somewhere, and we need to give ourselves permission to be beginners

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Photo by Walid Hamadeh on Unsplash.

Chris Rock, one of my favorite comedians, said something many years ago that changed my perception of equality in venture capital. I recommend watching the whole video. It’s just three-and-a-half minutes, and he drops gems — especially at the end.

“True equality is the equality to suck.” — Chris Rock

While this goes against what most black people — especially in hyper-competitive white-majority spaces — have been taught, black founders seeking venture capital need this form of equality the most.

Let me explain.

Benedict Evans wrote an article in 2016 on failure and the economics of venture capital. I’ll…

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Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash

Marc Andreessen, one of the co-founders of Andreessen Horowitz, wrote a timely piece during the height of the US COVID-19 crisis. Titled It’s Time to Build. It’s essentially a call to arms for builders to focus on creating a better reality where we’re prepared for tomorrow’s challenges. It was a collective call to create a more conducive environment for builders and sounded like a mission to get back to what made the United States great; making and creating.

Fast track to George Floyd’s death and we’ve seen a significant outpouring of support and collective action for justice and…

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What is pseudo intellectualism?

Pseudo Intellectualism, as defined by is:

  1. Exhibiting intellectual pretensions that have no basis in sound scholarship.
  2. Pretending an interest in intellectual matters for reasons of status.

There’s no other time in the history of the world we have a limitless amount of knowledge at our fingertips. Traditionally, we’ve depended on institution and life experience to dictate who had access to knowledge but as a result of technological advances, we’ve seen a rapid democratization of knowledge in a way which overloads how we identify who and what is intellectual.

Instead of leaning on academic credentials, intellectual…

We analyzed the Arab Spring…Now let’s talk about the next revolution we all have courtside seats to…. The Western Fall.

Here in the US, we’ve had an unprecedented presidential primary season. We’ve had two anti-establishment candidates, one from each of the major political parties, rise to national acclaim. One of them is the presumptive Republican nominee.

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Donald and Bernie

Political pundits, historians, statisticians, failed in their predictions. Most are blaming miscalculations on changes in media technology and how celebrities push forecasters further from accuracy.

They’ve brought out segments of the US population that feel disenfranchised, slighted, and that traditional political allegiances have not…

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***Disclaimer…. I’m a huge Star Trek fan. I’ve tried to simplify a little bit so you don’t have to know as much about Star Trek to understand what I’m trying to say.***

Kobayashi Maru is a star fleet training exercise that is used to evaluate a commander’s character and fortitude. The simulation in the Star Trek universe allows the cadet to command a federation star ship, and sends them to aid another Federation vessel, the Kobayashi Maru. …

Yesterday, Dropbox announced on their blog (here) they would retire Carousel and Mailbox, two products part of the Dropbox family. Dropbox acquired Mailbox for $100 million and made several acquisitions to improve the Carousel product.

From a user perspective, I understand the anger/disappointment that comes from users of the products. Mailbox, an IOS only email client, had a huge user base before the acquisition. Carousel was a great way to manage photos already stored on Dropbox and uploaded pictures from my phone gallery. The essence of Mailbox and Carousel will live on in new products Dropbox develops.

The product/ strategy…

Most liberal arts majors are familiar with the essay “Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell. For those who haven’t read it, here’s the link to the short essay here. It’s not that long but for those who don’t want to read… Here are some of the key rules he discussed in his short essay.

  1. Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print
  2. Never use a long word where a short one will do.
  3. If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.
  4. Never use…

The short answer is no… But you didn’t come here for a short answer did you?

Long answer: The cool thing about growing up with people that are a tad older is that they expose you to the world you’ll inherit before you know you will. As a younger Chika, many of my older cousins were learning how to program and developing cool games on MS-DOS. Since we lived with them, I got to see first hand the process of locking yourself in a room and debugging or talking through a process you wanted to code. The experience got me…

I stopped at one of my favorite restaurants in Ikeja, Lagos, after a long day of work. Their Ora soup rivals that of my grandmother. As I was sitting down and enjoying the view and my food, I saw a group of kids running through the street. From the sound of it, they sounded Ibo, but just looking, you’d think you were somewhere in India….. They were Indian-Nigerian kids speaking Ibo.

On the 55th Anniversary of Nigeria’s independence, it’s important to ask ourselves, what does it mean to be Nigerian? As we develop a more perfect republic, we will attract…

Chika Umeadi

def chika (my_interests): my_interests.append([“startups”,”politics”, ”africa”, “tech”, ”hiphop”, ”data”, ”product management,”, “vc”]) print my_interests

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