54: How to Work Smarter & Build an Impactful Platform with Blavity’s CEO Morgan DeBaun
Wanna know the secrets to up-leveling your business? Well, press play, and get ready for the most amazing chat. Zuri sits down with Morgan DeBaun who is a serial entrepreneur, corporate advisor, founder, and CEO of Blavity.
Sharing her unique story, Morgan details how she got her start in Silicon Valley and how she scaled her business to become one of the top voices in the VC funding and entrepreneurship realm. From how she avoids burnout, to her predictions for the tech space, and why she thinks cryptocurrency is here to stay (and why YOU need to shift your mindset).
How she stayed grounded and focused amidst the naysayers and those who wanted her to stay in her lane. Morgan shares with Z, how she finally found her peace, what it means to not only live in your purpose but ON purpose, and her 5 Pillars of Success.
A Closer Look at The Episode:
[8:50] Morgan’s journey to creating Blavity and expanding its brand power
[9:48] Why Blavity was needed to speak to the Black millennial experience
[11:40] Importance of staying grounded and not seeking approval
[13:01] Using discernment to build your team
[15:25] How Morgan determined when it was time to scale her business
[17:52] Morgan’s signature Advising Program ‘WorkSmart’ teaches business owners how to successfully scale their business.
[18:30] Why and when you should hire an executive coach (and the red flags on finding a coach)
[20:34] Mistakes Morgan made (and growing pains she learned from) while building her business
[21:34] Importance of having both an advisor for business coaching and a therapist for emotional support
[22:18] The history of AfroTech and its importance for diversity in tech
[25:20] Why Morgan would rather be behind the radar vs living as a public figure
[28:19] How Morgan navigates protecting her peace and setting boundaries within the public sphere
[30:29] Zuri’s thoughts on cryptocurrency for stored value and equity
[31:54] Morgan talks about Bitcoin, Web 3.0, and the Metaverse
[34:14] The power of decentralization and how NFTs can and will empower content creators
[37:44] How the pandemic forced Morgan to pivot and truly embrace an authentic work/life balance
[41:54] On the Great Resignation and the importance of being valued at work
[42:30] Morgan’s 5 Pillars of Success
RESOURCES + LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE
Morgan DeBaun is a serial entrepreneur and corporate advisor. As the Founder & CEO of Blavity Inc., the leading digital media company for Black culture and millennials, Morgan has grown the company into a market leader for Black media, reaching over 100 million readers per month through a growing brand portfolio that includes: Blavity News, 21Ninety, AfroTech, Travel Noire, and Shadow & Act.
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