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PropTech Startup WhoseYourLandlord Raises $2.1M To Create A More Equitable Future For Renters

To improve relations between renters and home providers, WhoseYourLandlord (WYL) has secured new funding. According to a press release sent to AfroTech, the apartment building review platform has raised an oversubscribed $2.1 million seed funding round. The round was led by Black Operator Ventures (Black Ops) with participation from New York Ventures, Ben Franklin Tech Partners, and Google’s Black Founders Fund. In addition, some notable angel investors also participated in the round including Diishan Imira (Founder of Mayvenn), Abbey Wemimo & Samir Goel (Founders of Esusu), and Michael Tobin (Founder of Fresh Catch). “Social impact in real estate hasn’t been something you’ve seen prioritized for companies in the most recent years, but WhoseYourLandlord has found a scalable way to systematically measure, analyze, and operationalize it for landlords and property managers alike,” said James Norman of Black Ops, according to a press release. “Our team has followed Ofo’s company journey...

Feb 1, 2022

Serial Entrepreneur and Thought Leader James Norman Inspires New Founders to Succeed

Pilotly Founder and CEO James Norman aptly describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur.” From an early age, Norman’s involvement in various projects led him to chart a bold path in the technology space. Already adept at technology in his teens, the Michigan native and a friend founded MJH Sound, one of the first e-commerce sites for home and audio. Norman leveraged that creation to work with car audio and build cars in his hometown, at the heart of the auto industry. Gaining traction in his understanding of engineering and technology prompted a move to southern California, where he built cars for more high-profile clients in the film industry, such as for the “The Fast and the Furious” film franchise. Norman moved from business to business using his tremendous insight, talent, and pioneering work to solve relevant problems with unique solutions. His career arc reflected tremendous versatility; he demonstrated a unique ability to pivot from a chosen path and to be resilient when the...

Feb 3, 2020