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  • 04:29 - Holding investors and companies accountable
  • 08:33 - Supporting startups as a bank
  • 13:35 - How technology is changing music business models
  • 19:31 - It's important for music artists to own their data and fan relationships
  • 28:32 - Fostering more accountability in the digital music industry

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A few days after George Floyd was killed by a policeman in the USA, protests erupted. Under the banner of the Black Lives Matter movement, the protests calling for justice for George Floyd and anyone else killed by police in America, soon spread globally.

At the same time, a few days later after the fateful day that Floyd passed away, many companies and brands started publishing and broadcasting messages that they stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Some, like several VCs, investors, and accelerators, took this a step further and made commitments to Black startups and founders.

When it comes to such statements and commitments, it is always important to check if the companies follow through.

In this episode of The Tefo Mohapi Show, I speak to Denisha Kuhlor, a relationship manager responsible for Early Stage Tech at New York's Grasshopper Bank, about holding investors and companies accountable for the commitments they make.

We also discuss music and technology and how the Internet has influenced not only the music business but also how music artists interact with their fans.

Biography: Denisha Kuhlor

Denisha Kuhlor is a first-generation Ghanaian American.

She joined Grasshopper Bank, a New York-based digital bank that serves startup founders, their companies, and their investors, in 2019 and is a relationship manager for Early Stage Tech. She holds a high school diploma from the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering in the USA and graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Mount Saint Vincent.

Before joining Grasshopper Bank, Denisha worked at Silicon Valley Bank which was focussed on supporting startup founders in New York.

Denisha also writes a weekly music newsletter on the bi-directional relationship between music artists and their fans.

Podcast notes

Twitter: Denisha Kuhlor

LinkedIn: Denisha Kuhlor

Newsletter: A Stan by Denisha Kuhlor

Company: Grasshopper Bank

Sheet: Commitments To Action - Black Founders by Denisha Kuhlor

Article: From the George Floyd moment to a Black Lives Matter movement, in tweets by Brookings Institutions

Article: Netflix makes $100 million commitment to support Black communities in the U.S. by CNBC

Article: What Music Streaming Services Pay Per Stream (And Why It Actually Doesn’t Matter) by Soundcharts

Article: Ghana and Nigeria present a great growth opportunity for music streaming by Denisha Kuhlor

eBook: Download Currency - The KasiMP3 Story

Report: Music in the air by Goldman Sachs

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