The Donald Thompson Podcast

The Donald Thompson Podcast

Joe Colopy on Entrepreneurship, Family, and Why He Kept Bronto in the Triangle

Joe Colopy is the founder and former CEO of Durham-based Bronto, which sold to NetSuite in 2015 for $200M. Joe is now involved in the Triangle startup scene, running both Colopy Ventures and Jurassic Capital, and he has an online tech startup newsletter – Grepbeat – which a lot of you probably read in your…

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CEO to CEO: NC Chamber’s Gary Salamido Asks Critical Diversity and Inclusion Questions

Gary Salamido is the CEO of the NC Chamber, and he wants to know why Donald Thompson created The Diversity Movement, how NC businesses can create a more diverse and inclusive workplace, what can be done about white guilt, and how he can sign up to be a Certified Diversity Executive.   The Donald Thompson…

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HIRE Strategies CEO Sonya Hopson on Overcoming Racism, Mistakes, Imposter Syndrome, and Bias

Sonya Hopson is “The Lady with The Pink Hard Hat”, but she’s so much more than that. She’s an African American woman working primarily in the construction industry, and she’s overcome so many challenges – bias, mistakes, imposter syndrome, racism, and her own personal struggles – to build HIRE Strategies into one of the preeminent…

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7X Founder Turned Venture Capitalist David Gardner Invests in the Entrepreneur, Not the Idea

David Gardner is a serial entrepreneur (7X founder, exits over $100M) turned angel investor (FilterEasy, Archive Social) turned venture capitalist (Cofounders Capital, raised over $40M for NC tech companies). At this fireside chat at American Underground in Durham NC, David talks about his book, “The Startup Hats: Master the Many Roles of the Entrepreneur”, what…

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Why Charles Barkley Invested in Ashlyn Sanders, CEO of NeuroVice

Ashlyn Sanders was super successful academically and on track to become a doctor. She graduated from UNC a year early, interned in the Obama White House, and went to grad school at Duke. But while at Duke, a life altering diagnosis steered her to the path of entrepreneurship and an eventual investment from NBA legend…

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Gen Z Roundtable: What are the Leaders of Tomorrow Looking For?

What are the leaders of tomorrow looking for in companies they’re working for? What brands to they admire (or not)? What do they want Boomers and Gen X to know about them?  Join us in our virtual roundtable discussion with 4 future leaders from Gen Z – Tea Blumer, Gaven Kerr, Ciera Thompson, and Jalen…

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Cancer Warrior Jen Hoverstad, Kay Yow Cancer Fund Director of Community Engagement

Jen Hoverstad is a cancer survivor, attorney, Tedx speaker, marketer, mom, wife, podcaster, all around amazing person, and now the Director of Community Engagement at the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. On the show, Jen talks about her cancer journey, what it truly means to be an influencer, how she does it all, and her new…

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How Did Hassan and Meleata Pinto Raise 3 D1 Student Athletes?

Hassan and Meleata Pinto are rockstar parents and professionals. All three of their children are on full scholarships playing soccer – at Elon then transferring to Duke, at UNC to play for the legendary Anson Dorrance, and at Princeton – all elite schools both academically and athletically. Hassan is now the Senior VP of Business…

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Pressure on Women in the Workplace, with Loren Shumate

As my company was getting used to this new work-from-home reality, I noticed that some people on the team – and it was usually women – were opting not to show their faces. And it got me to wondering, why do we put so much pressure on women in the workplace to look a certain…

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Now Available on Audiobook: The Startup Hats, by David Gardner

The Startup Hats: Master the Many Roles of the Entrepreneur, by serial entrepreneur turned venture capitalist David Gardner, is now available on audiobook. On this feed is Chapter 1: The Entrepreneur Hat. The entire audiobook is available on Google Play. David is a 6X successful startup founder who now runs Cofounders Capital, which has now…

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