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The Grinders Table

45 EpisodesProduced by Uwem UwemakpanWebsite

The Grinders Table Podcast is your opportunity to sit at the table with entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders who are shaking things up in their industry. Each week Uwem will interview these amazing thought-leaders to uncover how they've done it and learn something new in the process. Join me on the… read more


Increasing the Odds with Cindy Ai and Mark Kleyner of DreamVC

In this enlightening episode, we have an in-depth discussion with Mark Kleyner and Cindy Ai, co-founders of Dream VC, as they reveal the realities of the venture capital world. They share their journey from being entrepreneurs to becoming venture capitalists and how their shared passion has been a catalyst for their success.

Mark and Cindy delve into the dynamics of the African venture capital market, discussing the importance of understanding the various aspects of the industry and the challenges they've faced. They also touch on the unique dynamics of their co-founder relationship, including how they support each other during challenging times and the principles they value.

The conversation takes a turn towards diversity and ethics in the venture capital space. Mark and Cindy discuss the need for improved knowledge and standards in the African VC space, creating a culture of ethical behaviour, and promoting diversity. They also highlight the need for better support systems and resources to create a more accessible and safe space for young women to transition into venture capital.

Listen in to get insights into the venture capital landscape from the perspective of Mark and Cindy, co-founders of Dream VC.


(0:00:00) - Introduction to Mark and Cindy, co-founders of Dream VC

(0:07:56) - Transition from entrepreneurs to venture capitalists

(0:13:10) - The importance of a strong co-founder relationship

(0:18:05) - The value of taking a break

(0:27:12) - Promoting diversity and ethics in the venture capital space

(0:34:27) - Managing expectations

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