Jaoh Spearman: Grit and Grind - Joah Spearman is the founder and CEO of Localeur, a leading travel startup that shares local recommendations in more than 130 cities around the world. Localeur has been called one of the best travel apps by The Today Show, Forbes, TIME, and The Guardian. Joah is one of the few African-American technology founders to have raised more than $5 million in venture funding.
Born the youngest of three boys in a single mother household, Joah was raised in poor, working class towns in Texas and South Carolina. Through his mother, Joah learned the value and importance of determination, grit and perseverance. Using those lessons, Joah started his first business at 10 years old, won more than two dozen scholarships including the National March of Dimes Scholarship and went on to become the first person in his family to graduate from college. Joah has gone on to launch four businesses in Austin, working with globally-recognized brands such as FedEx, South by Southwest Festival, and ESPN and gaining the support and praise of renowned entrepreneurs and national media outlets along the way.
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