This week’s episode of Found introduces Courtne Smith, founder of NewNew, a social app where people pay to vote on your decisions. The platform takes the concept of social polling to the next level and essentially allows anyone to monetize their decisions by turning them into some sort of social stock market where others can buy stocks to gain more or less decision-making power, depending on after what you are willing to spend.
Courtne’s path to NewNew immediately preceded the creation of Surprize, a social trivia and award-giving app that used crowdsourcing to select and award its awards. But long before that, the Toronto native made a brave decision – encouraged by her pastor’s father, of all things – to leave school and start working as a personal assistant for Drake at the very beginning of his career.
We spoke to Courtne about this risky departure from a relatively traditional and safe path, and how it eventually shifted from working with Drake for many years during his rise to global success: another counterintuitive decision to depart from something that was already working well, um pursuing something unknown. Courtne tells us about her general entrepreneurial drive, always born out of a desire to create something game-changing, and how she chose not to use her ingrained connections when it came to attracting investors to her ventures Capital based solely on their ideas.
We had a great time chatting with Courtne and hope you enjoy listening as well. And of course we would be happy if you could subscribe to Found in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts or the podcast app of your choice. Please leave us a review and let us know what you think or send us direct feedback either on Twitter or by email. And please come back to us next week to find our next founder.