We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Foster and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
At Mint Inc. we have created a space for a community of young minority professionals and entrepreneurs to find and share resources, knowledge, and skills to unlock the extraordinary impact-making potential that we each have. Together, we are strengthening the economic and social fabric of our communities by unleashing this untapped potential while helping to close the socio-economic gaps in our country as a whole by providing the tools to build generational wealth.
What should our readers know about your business?
Mint Inc. is a startup that I cofounded with Sherron Pearson, our CTO, two years ago. At Mint, we empower young minority professionals with an interdisciplinary network for learning, collaboration, and the development of entrepreneurial ventures. In addition to our foundational bimonthly digital magazine, MINT MAG, what excites me the most is the inaugural Mintorship Program and our EmpowerMint Virtual Conference that both launch in August of this year. Getting to where we are today with Mint was not a cakewalk at all but it was a learning process that we wouldn’t change one bit. The obstacles faced when building a startup from the ground up are ones that teaches you entrepreneurial lessons that are only learned through the fire. That is what has landed us in the position of impact that we are in today as we empower the next generation of minority leaders in America.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is such a tough question because of the multitude of things to do in this great city! Here are some of my go to spots though that are beyond the beach and celebrity site seeing type vibe to take friends to: The California African American Museum (CAAM) for awesome exhibits, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook for epic views of the city, Eso Won Bookstore in Leimert Park, and Watts Towers. For food, Dulan’s on Crenshaw for some of the best soul food in LA, Simply Wholesome on Slauson for a quick bite, Sip & Sonder in Inglewood for a coffee/tea, and Janga by Derrick’s Jamaican Cuisine in Culver City for some fire jerk chicken.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to Crystal Williams, Founder of the C.W. Platform (@c.w.platform) which coaches small business owners and entrepreneurs on how to scale and monetize on social media. In addition to allowing me to coach alongside her through C.W. Platform where I offer brainstorming sessions for entrepreneurs trying to figure out how to start their new ventures, she is (more importantly) my life partner which of course adds an even greater level of support on my journey!
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