In this episode, Joe is joined by April Dominguez, the founder and CEO of Handsome, a platform that connects and empowers beauty professionals. April is not only a visionary leader but also a role model for many aspiring entrepreneurs, especially women of color. She is a proud Native American and Hispanic founder, who has defied the odds and raised millions in funding for her innovative idea. She was also the first recipient of the Google for Startups Latino Founders Fund, a program that supports underrepresented founders in the tech industry. April shares how she came up with the idea for Handsome, what challenges she faced along the way, and what her vision is for the future of the beauty industry. She will also share some valuable insights and advice for anyone who wants to pursue their passion and make an impact.
About April Dominguez: April is a Native American & Hispanic founder & CEO of HANDSOME, a community for beauty and barber professionals to find career advice, education and mentorship, with a life mission to raise the tide of the underdog. She was the 5th hire at an investment startup and led the company to raising and deploying $130M in Joint Venture Capital by implementing the technology, operational and investor strategies at the company. She’s led Handsome in raising $2.3M in funding, when only 0.4% of venture capital dollars go to Latina Female Founders. She is one of the first 100 Latinas to raise over $1M in funding as of 2021, and the first recipient of the Google for Startups Latino Founders Fund $100K cash award. She’s received $200K in grants from Google, Facebook, Bank of America and others and has been featured in TechCrunch, Business Insider, American Salon, Modern Salon, DocSend and recognized as a Top 50 Startup to Watch, Austin A-List Finalist, and others.
Hosted By: Joe Pardavila