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Down to Mars

Down to Mars

By Nadiyah Johnson
A timely podcast focused on diversity in tech and startup spaces! Hosted by tech entrepreneur and founder of Jet Constellations Nadiyah Johnson. This podcast focuses mainly on developers, designers, and entrepreneurs involved in the tech and startup industry. Episodes consist of interviews with founders, venture capitalist, industry leaders and diversity champions to share stories and discuss the challenges and possible solutions of improving representation in tech.
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Season 2 Episode 2 -

Down to Mars

Wisconsin Tech Month Podcast Series Episode 4 - Joshua Harrison
Happy Wisconsin Tech Month! In this episode, we will be featuring Joshua Harrison, co-founder of Arcy Adele. We talked to Joshua about how he found his way into the tech industry and what inspired him to start his company. We also discussed his thoughts around Milwaukee becoming the next Silicon Valley. Stay tuned to hear more incredible stories from our WI Tech Month Podcast Series. For information about Wisconsin Tech Month, head over to
October 23, 2021
Wisconsin Tech Month Podcast Series Episode 3 - Ruben Gaona
Happy Week Two of Wisconsin Tech Month! In this episode, we will be featuring Ruben Gaona, co-founder of The Way Out. We talked to Ruben about his past and what inspired him to start his company. He talks about second chances and how to take advantage of them. Stay tuned to hear more incredible stories from our WI Tech Month Podcast Series. For information about Wisconsin Tech Month, head over to
October 12, 2021
Wisconsin Tech Month Podcast Series Episode 2 - Talethea Thompson
Happy Week Two of Wisconsin Tech Month! In this episode, we will be featuring Talethea Thompson, founder of PumpFive Fuel Delivery Service. We talked to Talethea about what sparked the idea of her starting her own business and she told us about some of the resources she discovered along her entrepreneurial journey. Stay tuned to hear more incredible stories from our WI Tech Month Podcast Series. For information about Wisconsin Tech Month, head over to
October 11, 2021
Wisconsin Tech Month Podcast Series Episode 1 - Joe Kmoch
Happy Wisconsin Tech Month! In this episode, we will be featuring one of our huge Milky Way Tech Hub advocates, Joe Kmoch. Joe has taught math and computer science for more than 34 years at Milwaukee Public Schools. He has actively supported and engaged students of color and women to get involved with computer science and information technology. Stay tuned to hear more incredible stories from our WI Tech Month Podcast Series. For information about Wisconsin Tech Month, head over to
October 04, 2021
Season 2 Episode 2 -
In this episode the founders of share how they've been able to navigate launching a startup during covid 19 and also share tips with startups looking to raise funds during this time.  Register for the next workshop:
October 26, 2020
Collaboration is Key
Welcome to Season 2 In this episode of Down to Mars Podcast we are visited by Jenna Atkinson founder of P5.  We discuss the process of moving out of our 9-5 jobs and starting our own businesses. We also discuss the importance of collaboration and how founders get further together.  The Milky Way Tech Hub is partnering with P5 to award a deserving startup $15,000. Stay tuned to our social media outlets to learn more. 
October 12, 2020
Episode 12 - Take the Leap!
In episode 12  Quay Ellison shares her journey in becoming the owner of her graphic design firm Ellastic Designs. Quay shared insights on how to leverage social media, how she made the leap to being full time, and how to balance work and life and a full time entrepreneur.  Quay is a BOSS! Tweetable quotes: "There is never a perfect time to do anything”. - Quay E. “Don’t get comfortable, take the leap!” - Quay E. Shooting Star: Morgan Debaun Morgan DeBaun (born February 8, 1990) is an African American entrepreneur. She is the cofounder and CEO of Blavity, a web site created by and for black millennials.[4][3] Morgan has been widely quoted as a millennials expert and media entrepreneur in top tier consumer and business publications like Forbes, Huffington Post, NPR, TechCrunch and many more. Tech Topic: What is 5G?? Next Milky Way Tech Hub meetup: 1/25/2020 - 219 N Milwaukee St. 10:00am
January 12, 2020
Episode 11 -- The Young Shall Lead Them - Host Jordan Davis
In this episode we switch it up .  Jordan Davis, a seventh grader from Highland Community School, hosts this episode of Down to Mars Podcast.  She shares with us her journey in STEM thus far and her perspectives on the importance of representation.  Jordan asks incredible questions that touch on the topics that range from  entrepreneurship to racism in STEM. Please join us for the Milky Way Tech for Good Pitch out Nov 16 6pm at 88 nine studios.
November 03, 2019
Episode 10 - Your Survival Kit
A double hitter!  In episode 10 we had the opportunity to listen to Raymond Roberts and Kiyana Mensah share their journeys in STEM and entrepreneurship.  Raymond discussed the critical competencies that he believes everyone should have in this day and age. Kiyana shared about her journey starting a tutoring program for local Milwaukee youth!  Tweetable quote: "If a job is repeatable... its soon to be obsolete" .   "If you want to survive you need the most diverse team possible" "Either you're a hustler or a customer." Shooting Star: Emmett Chappelle  Biochemist Emmett Chappelle discovered that a specific combination of chemicals caused a living organism to produce and emit light. Chappelle's innovations in harvesting the power of bioluminescence facilitated important findings within the fields of biology and chemistry. Tech Topic:  Breaking down artificial intelligence Next Milky Way Tech Hub meetup: 8/24/19 - 219 N Milwaukee St. 10:00am
August 23, 2019
Episode 9 -- Code For Milwaukee
In Episode 9  Andrew Yaspan a founding member of Code For Milwaukee shares the mission and vision behind CFM.  We discuss the power of open source city data and how it can be used to provide transparency and accountability with city officials. Shooting star of the day :  Mark Dean Tech Topic:  Open source city data Note:  Next Milky Way Tech Hub meetup June 29th Penrod Software.. 219 N Milwaukee St, Milwaukee, WI 53202 
June 23, 2019
Episode 8: Nail it Before You Scale it
Shooting Star:  Jessica Matthews! Tech Topic: Edge Computing.  Guest:Tanzania Sewell Founder of Beyond STEM Tweetable quote "Nail it before you scale it" "Your destiny is unshakeable regardless of what your plans are." "Think in our Authentic Truth" In Episode 8 Tanzania Sewell shares her experience as a Black Woman in STEM working in Corporate America and launching her startup Beyond STEM!
May 18, 2019
Episode 7 -- Hack-a-Pipeline
Shooting star: Madam CJ walker Tech Topic: Democratizing data science pros & cons Interview : Jenny Ketz + LiftupMKe + Hack- a -Pipeline Jenny Ketz talks about her experience as a woman in computer science and her new startup Liftup MKE. Be sure to register for the amazing event on eventbite! -
May 01, 2019
Episode 6 - Tech is For Everyone
In episode 6 we discuss how tech is democratizing knowledge. Listeners are able to hear a panel conversation about navigating the tech industry as Black women.  Tech Topic:  Shooting Star :Marie Van Brittan Brown - Tech topic: online learning platforms - Panel: Navigating tech as a black woman(Panelist: Keisha Howard, Nadiyah Johnson, Sharon Butler, Tiffany Dillon) Events in the Milky Way  The Milky Way Meet up - April 27th  Hack a Pipeline - May 4th 
April 08, 2019
Episode 5 -- Faith and Fruition
In Episode 5 we discuss the power of storytelling in the tech industry! We had the opportunity to chat with the brilliant Anita Mogaka.. Milwaukee’s very own community narrator! Our Shooting star segment featured Dr. Patricia Bath.  Topics include:  Storytelling tips to sell your products.  The Bee Narrative Faith and Fruition The Blueprint business cultivator.  Various paths to starting a business.  Augmented reality as it relates to storytelling. 
March 24, 2019
Episode 4 -- Show Them What Crazy Can Do
Topics:  Women’s Entrepreneurship week recap Shooting star: Dr. Shirley ann Jackson Tech topic : Tech in the logistics Industry. In episode 4: we have discussion with Jeffery Pugh Consultant at Accenture and Head of Legal at Short Cut.  Jeff Shared His experience launching his first startup - VC His experience working as Head of Legal at Shortcut  How to innovate Advice to those starting a startup Tweetable quote: “When you write things down you’re starting to put things in motion” “Put things on paper and watch things get real”
March 09, 2019
Episode 3 - Proof of Your Promise
In Episode 3 we have a conversation with the brilliant CEO of Branperience, Teju Aluko.  Teju Shares tips on how to create amazing brand experiences for customers.  Shooting star: Garrett A Morgan Tech Topic : Using technology to build your brand.   Topics: Women’s Entrepreneurship Week Difference between marketing and branding Gucci’s marketing Social Media -- Instagram IG TV vs Youtube Fyre Festival Disruptive marketing innovations. Tips for people trying to start a marketing business. 
February 24, 2019
Episode 2 -- Creations of the Mind
In episode 2 we discuss Intellectual Property with CEO of IP Zone Tracey Thomas.  Topics: Shooting Star feature: Gerald Lawson -Tips on how to protect your IP -IP zone -Advice for startups -Importance of the value proposition -Uber vs Lyft -Biggest mistakes for startups -Side hustles
February 10, 2019
Episode 1-- Whatever I Want
Shooting Star: Lewis Latimer Tech topic: Insurtech {disruptive vs transformative innovations; Net promoter score} In episode 1 we interview Lyndon Johnson. Lyndon has been a software engineer for over 20 years. He shares how technology has changed over the years, how to stay current in the industry, and thoughts about AI! Is AI  scary or helpful? Tweetable Quote: “Follow your curiosity”  “Data is gold” 
January 27, 2019
Episode .5 -- Hello World
Welcome to Down to Mars!
January 16, 2019