I was hired by the International Children's Heart Foundation, a global organization focused on operating on children with congenital heart disease around the world, as their President and CEO back in 2009. My immediate assignments were to fix, reorganize, and to build strategic relationships with organizations and governments around the world that would power the organization into the future. Dr. William Novick (one of the three men that I had great respect for, more to come on that in the coming weeks) and the board of directors had hired me.
The incredible importance behind this is that today content or media is an integral part of our world. If we as African Americans, Afro-Europeans, Afro-Caribbeans or Africans see ourselves on a medium that we hold at such high regards, it has tremendous effects on how we look at ourselves in the world, our brain development, and potentially our outcomes.
After some time on the sea I finally found my sea legs. It was hard to let myself get any sleep with consistently great sailing weather and the magic of these giant animals around us. On day six we were getting prepared to sail to Cedros Island which is an island off of the coast of Mexico...
I was a sophomore in college in San Diego with my birthday and the Christmas holidays just around the corner in December. My family had already moved back to South Florida from San Diego to be closer to family. Since I was already launched in college they thought it was the best time to move. We'd all enjoyed California, it gave us kids great opportunities and showed us a very different life.
These women were strong AF and I was the only little guy running around. When kids would pick on me, since I didn’t have brothers or an example of how a man should handle those situations I learned how these strong and sometimes crazy women handled them. I remember my favorite cousin, Iris
It was November 22, 2012, the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and I was on top of the world, heading to the airport to catch a first class Delta flight back to Minneapolis after a business trip in Atlanta. I’d gone to ATL to meet with some investors interested in my new software company, Catena Inc., which was going to revolutionize the way refrigerated cargo was tracked and monitored while in transit.
The access to information is no longer a road block but the access to cash still is. You see, in order for us to be in the circles where sophisticated investors live, entrepreneurs of color and women also need to live there. This poses a...
“With the recent success of some properties in the OTT space, the Disney-Fox merger and Netflix spending seven billion dollars on content, the race is on to develop sustainable strategies that will incentivize users to subscribe to OTT platforms,” said Alberto Marzan, founder and chief executive officer of AfroLife.
I’m laser focused on building a global corporation not playing entrepreneur; it’s been an interesting journey which I am built for and the company has learned how to be more and more resilient throughout this journey which in hindsight I am forever grateful for. We’ve managed to not only attract strategic relationships with the likes of Google and studios of all sizes but we’re also in the conversation as innovators in the ever changing OTT space” says Marzan.
“When we analyze strategic partnerships it’s critically important that our partners share our mission and vision of changing the narrative on how the African American community is seen in media while connecting the global African Diaspora around premium content,” said Alberto Marzan