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AFROTECH Conference 2023: Tope Awotona Shares How He Was Able To Make Calendly Official With Just A Small Fee

Since launching nearly a decade ago, Tope Awotona’s Calendly has stood as one of the leading scheduling platforms. Following years of bootstrapping and tireless dedication, Awotona led the company to become one of the few Black-owned unicorns across the globe — sitting at a valuation of $3 billion — as previously shared by AFROTECH.

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 2, 2023

How Tope Awotona Catapulted Calendly To A Billion-Dollar Company After Making It His Mission To Complete His Late Father’s Work

When you think of popular meeting platforms — Zoom, Google Meet, and Calendly may instantly come to mind. While the latter has created convenience for scheduling for over 20 million users worldwide to date, per its website, the company was built despite facing obstacles along the way.

Ngozi Nwanji

Oct 12, 2023

All About Calendly Founder Tope Awotona, Whom Forbes Calls 'One of America's Wealthiest Immigrants'

At just 40 years old, Nigerian-American entrepreneur Tope Awotona has gone from overseeing a small startup to turning his company into a tech unicorn. The founder and CEO of Calendly — a scheduling app designed to streamline calendars — has been called “one of America’s wealthiest immigrants” by Forbes, and it’s a title he doesn’t take lightly. With a $200,000 investment — his life savings — Calendly made more than $100 million in revenue, driven in part by its spike in popularity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And Forbes estimates that his revenue will double in 2022 and beyond — and that he’s potentially tapping into a $20 billion market. What’s more, he shows absolutely no signs of slowing down — and we love to see it, indeed. “In my life, I’ve benefited from not taking the conventional wisdom,” Tope Awotona said to the outlet. “It’s benefited me personally, and I think it has benefited the business.” Calendly has long been considered a Black-owned startup that is “killing the...