Ep. 46: Felecia Hatcher, Co-Founder of Code Fever and BlackTech Week, Works To Make Startup Communities More Inclusive
"I picked the two or three things that were most important to me and I've built my business and my life around those things."
"These are the things that are truly aligned with who I am and what I'm trying to do in the big picture. Everything else should be a blessing to somebody else."
Felecia Hatcher is an Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker and Mom, who now dedicates her talents to promoting inclusive innovation. She co-founded Code Fever and BlackTech Week when she noticed that startup programs and resources in Miami were not "crossing the tracks." Previously, she held the title of Chief Popsicle at Feverish Ice Cream, a gourmet popsicle company she started with her husband that counted several Fortune 500 companies as clients. Felecia is working to get everyone a seat at the tech table - or to empower others to create their own table if need be. She shares lessons learned on her path to being epic!
"Derek and I would get invited to a lot of these [startup] events and look around and say, 'These are such great resources and we know so many people that could benefit from being in these rooms and getting these resources. But why isn't there anyone else that looks like us in the room?' We just know how beneficial diversity is from all the way around. Not just diversity of thought but even to the bottom line. We started Code Fever as a way to change that."
We discuss her background as an entrepreneur, why she and her husband founded Code Fever, her advice for juggling all of her activities, why she doesn't believe in work-life balance, saying no more than you say yes, how struggles helped her delegate and empower others, how to figure out when to say yes, her cure for imposter syndrome, starting a business on a "ramen noodle budget", why you should ask as many questions as possible, and the funding gap for black-led companies and female-led companies.
"If you are truly aligned and everything around you is in alignment with what you genuinely want and what's most important to you, then you kind of have no need for work-life balance because you personally will be aligned. Where we struggle is that we say yes to so many things that we really want to say no to."
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