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ZebraCast is a podcast that explores how founders and investors are creating the capital, community and culture we need to build businesses that are better for the world. Every month we’ll be delving into topics of interest for entrepreneurs of all different stripes; for example ‘how to stay resilient’ and ‘finding courage when you feel like you have none’. We’ll also be profiling Zebra founders, members and organizations and the wonderful work they are doing. You can find out more about the movement at
7 Episodes
This month we’re looking at self care - what it means to put yourself in the picture at times like these, and find ways to not only avoid burnout, but even to find joy and strength amidst chaos. In this episode, Lana Jelenjev shares some very personal experiences to take us through her self care journey, including what it means to her, and why it suddenly became so important.
This month we’re looking at the topic of ‘courage’ - a fitting subject as we manage the coronavirus globally. We look at how it has shown up for our guest in the past, and what we can learn from his experience. Yoshi Tabuchi co-leads Zebras Unite Tokyo, and also works with a foundation that promotes impact investing for-profit and non-profit companies, and he knows a fair bit about what is means to keep going when fear could easily get the best of you.
Zebras: Whether you’re struggling with a solution that’s taking longer than you expected to realize itself, or struggling with the backlash from people as you’re changing the status quo - resilience is something we all need in abundance. This month we’re tackling this topic with our guest Sheeza Shah, Founder and CEO of UpEffect - a platform that crowdfunds transformative solutions to global issues.
Our guest this week is Jason Fried, co-founder and CEO of Basecamp (formerly 37Signals). Topics discussed include avoiding growth in favor of stability, a spirited debate about being a lone wolf versus relying on your community, and what it's like to be an "elder zebra." For this week's news item we talk about the book Profit First by Mike Michalowicz, and Aniyia gives her impressions of the first DazzleCon! And don't forget to check out the four zebra ladies who were named 4 of 30 world-changing women in conscious business in the January issue of Conscious Company magazine!
This week we talk to Jennifer Armbrust, founder and director of Sister. She cultivates teaching and tools for the feminine economy, practices embodied business, and runs Feminist Business School. Her work explores the collisions and collusions of art, business, gender, embodiment, and economics. In the news, our hosts Mara Zepeda (Switchboard) and Jennifer Brandel (Hearken) discuss "Silicon Valley is Not Your Friend" by Noam Cohen in the New York Times.
Episode 2 - Cindy Gallop

Episode 2 - Cindy Gallop


Our guest this episode is Cindy Gallop, founder and CEO of MakeLoveNotPorn! (Be sure to check out her 2009 TED Talk.) We talk about integrating social responsibility into the foundations of a business instead of writing checks to clear your conscience, the inherent biases and contradictions of venture capital, and the difficulties in fundraising when you're over, say, 30 years old. For this week's news item we talk about The Moonshot Report, a recent publication on entrepreneurship and the American dream by the Kauffman Foundation and others. They call out zebra companies by name and our hosts Mara Zepeda (Switchboard) and Astrid Scholz (Sphaera) have some responses to their criticism!
The Dazzle

The Dazzle


What is a zebra company? Find out and meet our team of hosts: Mara Zepeda (Switchboard), Jennifer Brandel (Hearken), Aniyia Williams (Tinsel), and Astrid Scholz (Sphaera). This episode we also discuss two articles making the rounds in the startup world: Having a woman on your team ruins your chances for VC funding Can Venture Capital Be Saved?
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