ROADTRIP NATION PRESENTS
Venture Forward Official Trailer
Three young adults set out across the U.S. to discover how tech entrepreneurs are changing the world for the better.
Episode 1: Opening Doors
Follow along as the roadtrippers interview Stacy Spikes, former MoviePass CEO, and Cindy Eckert, women’s pharmaceuticals innovator.
Episode 2: Play Forever
The team meets a five-time New York Times best-selling author and Internet media mogul Gary Vaynerchuk and a former Google vice president.
Episode 3: Bringing People In
The roadtrippers meet inspiring entrepreneurs dedicated to specifically helping marginalized or underserved groups and communities.
Episode 4: Jump In
The journey comes to a close as the roadtrippers discuss diversity and transparency with inspiring tech leaders.
See what it takes to make new ideas a tangible reality—even when obstacles stand in your way.
Tag along as Jordane, Carissa, and Alicia—three young people eager to become part of tech entrepreneurship’s next generation—travel across the country to talk to founders and CEOs of companies who are building communities, rethinking media, leading innovations in health care, and even imagining a better democracy. Throughout a whirlwind journey meeting people like Cindy Eckert, who invests in companies founded by and focused on women, as well as other inspiring entrepreneurs who are specifically helping underserved groups, the roadtrippers realize that entrepreneurship is about more than just business—it’s also about building a better, more inclusive world.
INSIGHTS FROM THE FILM
“You could say, ‘I don’t like what’s happening in this industry, so I’m gonna pack my bags and go the other way.” Or could say, “I don’t like it and it can be done differently, so watch me.”
Cindy Eckert, Founder & CEO, The Pink Ceiling
“I’m a big time speaker now, but no one talks about the fact that I used to speak for free all the time at my financial detriment. Being underestimated is a gift. Put all those no’s in your pocket and let them motivate you.”
Gary Vaynerchuk, Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker
“We all come with different histories and backgrounds, and we all have to notice that those histories are culture adds. Silicon Valley has this weird idea of “culture fit,” and that’s destructive. I don’t want you to fit, I want you to add.”
Megan Smith, 3rd Chief Technology Officer of the United States
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Founder & CEO, The Pink Ceiling
Co-Founder & CEO, PreShow & MoviePass
Founder & CEO, Alchemie
Founder & CEO, The Avalon Village
Co-Founder & CEO, The Graide Network
Co-Founder & CEO, Cora Home
Co-Founder & COO, Interpreter Tap
Co-Founder & CEO, Commit
Entrepreneur, Author, Speaker
3rd Chief Technology Officer of the United States
Founder & CEO, Upsie
Co-Founder & CEO, MyVillage
Founder & Executive Director at TalkingPoints
Founder & CEO, Black Girls CODE
Director of Social Innovation, AT&T
Global Diversity Program Manager, Engagement/Employee Resource Groups at Facebook
Founder & CEO, Social Glass
Tech entrepreneurs bring a better future into the present.
This summer, we’re sending three young people on a road trip across the country to meet some of the brightest minds in tech entrepreneurship. Along the way, they’ll learn how people powered on companies big and small to present exciting new ideas and products to the world. Follow along as these roadtrippers realize anyone can be a tech entrepreneur, no matter where they come from.
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From Bayonne, NJ
After years of homeschooling, Carissa’s first plan was to be a guitar teacher. She wound up working as a research assistant for a small app, just to make a little extra money, discovered she did really well, and switched from music to a marketing major. Since then, she’s worked a host of freelance marketing gigs and now has her own at-home marketing agency. She’s also interested in software engineering. But as a young woman in tech, she’s plagued by imposter syndrome and can’t bring herself to ask for the money she deserves for these projects. She wants to build confidence in herself, learn how to network, gain bigger clients, and find out what it takes to run a successful tech marketing agency.
From Queens, NY
Since emigrating from Jamaica as a child, Jordane has lived in Brooklyn and now Queens. For Jordane, entrepreneurship is about giving something back to the community he came from. Now that he’s done with his first year as a computer science major, he plans to keep his passions for product design, coding, and software engineering alive by participating in workshops and hackathons. When he’s not on his computer, he loves dancing, creating digital art, and watching documentaries and anime. Jordane’s ultimate desire is to use technology to create social impact as an entrepreneur, mentor, and philanthropist rolled into one.
From El Monte, CA
Up until college, money was Alicia’s primary motivator. As a first-generation child of low-income immigrant parents, she realized early on how much of a difference financial independence could make. But soon after starting college, she realized she needed a change in perspective: she wanted to be happy with and fulfilled by her work even if that meant not making six figures. Now she wants her skills in tech to meld with her aptitude for entrepreneurship and passion for social justice. She’s at a crossroads and wants to find a mentor to help her decide whether she should pursue tech entrepreneurship right out of college, go to grad school, or switch focus to become an Asian American studies professor. One thing’s for certain: Alicia is dedicated to lifting up her community no matter what.
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