Entrepreneurship and innovation in media, No Excuses Jobs, and the Converge Media story :: with Omari Salisbury
In today’s episode of Ventures I had the honor of interviewing Omari Salisbury (https://twitter.com/Omarisal) about his journey as an entrepreneur in the international media space, his company Converge Media (https://www.whereweconverge.com/), their unique spotlight in Seattle, and their new campaign NoExcusesJobs (https://NoExcusesJobs.com) in collaboration with Prota Ventures (https://www.protaventures.com).
In this episode we cover the following:
2:41 - Omari intro / background / what he’s up to at Converge Media.
4:49 - When did Omari know that entrepreneurship was in his DNA?
9:40 - What kind of work did Omari do while he was a teenager into his early 20s?
17:14 - How did Omari end up doing radio and media in the Middle East and Africa?
23:12 - Importance of life experience that facilitates people from all over the world to be successful entrepreneurs in the USA, and more about Omari’s experiences abroad and locally in Seattle.
29:40 - What motivates Omari to be genuinely interested in people and the truth? Where did this drive of curiosity come from?
37:25 - A discussion about biases and prejudices. How does Omari listen and learn? How should we collectively listen and learn?
45:58 - From Omari’s perspective, what’s his general thoughts on DE&I efforts globally and overcoming biases?
52:07 - What is the vision and mission of Converge Media? How are Omari and his team executing toward that vision/mission?
57:56 - A discussion about https://NoExcusesJobs.com // Why Omari is launching a campaign to help people of color land living-wage jobs.
1:02:39 - Final words from Omari to entrepreneurs and investors.
1:11:52 - How can people practically help out Omari and Converge? https://www.whereweconverge.com/donate
1:14:15 - Is Converge currently taking on sponsors? (Yes, and Omari talks about what that relationship can look like)