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Op-Ed: Why Showing Up Is Just As Difficult As Raising Capital For Black Founders

Solo Ceesay is the CEO & Co-Founder of Calaxy. — Since I was a boy, I wanted to be a successful businessman. I vividly remember trying on my father’s oversized pastel suits, donning the ubiquitous business look of any dapper-dressed African man of the ’90s. Even before I could form full sentences, I was primed and driven to work in business. With motivation and determination aplenty, my actions were encouraged by relentless sideline cheering from my mother yelling, “You’re a king, Solo!” Just over a year ago, I took a bet on myself. A bet that a then-26-year-old Black kid could make something out of nothing. And while you could call this journey just about everything but easy, the reality is that raising $26 million with Calaxy was the easy part. The sacrifices I’ve made, the friends I’ve lost, the lack of idols to look up to, and making the decision to take a nose dive into a world of uncertainty are all invariably more difficult for those who look like me. From having to...

Solo Ceesay

Jul 29, 2022

Web3 Social Media App Calaxy Founded By Entrepreneur Solo Ceesay, NBA Star Spencer Dinwiddie Raises $26M

To enhance the creator economy, Calaxy has raised $26 million in a round co-led by The HBAR Foundation and Animoca Brands combined with participation from Polygon .

Samantha Dorisca

Jun 7, 2022

Calaxy Co-Founder Solo Ceesay Talks Determining Your Value In Web 3.0

As the worldwide web continues to evolve, so must the people using it! In the land of influencers and marketers, the resources to increase those coins are more available than ever thanks to the Internet. However, oftentimes creators aren’t privy to all of the benefits that this space has to offer. That’s why AfroTech’s Black Tech Green Money podcast host Will Lucas caught up with Calaxy Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder Solo Ceesay during AfroTech Executive Miami. View this post on Instagram A post shared by AfroTech ( The two break down how Ceesay is using his platform to change the game for influencers and marketers with the help of the ever-evolving metaverse during the latest episode where he talks determining your value in Web 3.0. Check it out.

Shanique Yates

Mar 8, 2022