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First Block with Adeyemi Ajao, Co-founder and Managing Partner at Base10

By Anastasia Crew

Head of Notion for Startups

1 min read

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Welcome to First Block, a Notion series where founders and executives from the world's leading companies tell us about the many “firsts” of their startup journeys. Hosted by our Co-founder Akshay Kothari, this series explores the many ups and downs that founders face as they build their companies, and what they've learned along the way.

Adeyemi Ajao is the Co-founder and Managing Partner at Base10. Base10 is an early-stage venture capital firm investing in the automation of the real economy.

In this episode, we do a deep-dive into:

  • Creating a company in a crowded market

  • Building and maintaining co-founder relationships

  • The importance of true community

  • Learning to be a CEO

  • Moving from founder to investor

  • Finding a wealth of diverse backgrounds

What’s in this episode:

  • 00:00 Intro

  • 01:32 Becoming an Entrepreneur

  • 05:13 Co-Founder Relationships

  • 08:58 Growing the Team

  • 13:53 Building an Authentic Community

  • 19:57 Learning to Be a CEO

  • 22:18 Being an Immigrant

  • 25:09 The Positivity of Silicon Valley

  • 28:06 The Life after Acquisition

  • 32:04 Becoming an Investor

  • 35:40 Base10

  • 38:55 The Ultimate Diversity

  • 41:48 A Day in the Life of Ade Ajao

Read the full transcript here:

Episode seven transcript

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