#BlackBoyFly is a movement to encourage Black males of all ethnicities in regard to overcoming obstacles to achieve their dreams. Throughout the year, I’ll be featuring Black males that are flying toward their dreams. www.blackboyfly.club
As a self-proclaimed techie, I’ve always been a fan of software that makes life easier to manage. Calendly is a classic example of that. It’s a tool that I rely on heavily for scheduling meetings and booking appointments. Calendly takes the effort out of working with someone to find calendar availability. A few months ago, I came across Inc. Magazine’s story of Calendly’s Founder and CEO, Tope Awotona. I was surprised to learn that the creator of one of my favorite apps is someone that looks like me and has a similar family story. Tope and his family emigrated to the United States from Nigeria in the mid-1990s. He has an amazing journey of overcoming personal tragedy to reaching the heights of entrepreneurial success. I encourage you to learn more about him and become a Calendly user. According to Black Enterprise, Tope’s company was recently valued at more than $3 billion after receiving an investment of $350 million from OpenView Venture Partners. This brother is the epitome of the Black Boy Fly message. He’s making history as a Black man in the technology industry and I’m excited to see what happens next. Many thanks to Tope and the Calendly team for a great product offering.