Joah Spearman

Joah Spearman

Tech Trailblazer

Austin, TX

@joahspearman

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Joah Spearman is one of the few Black tech founder-CEOs in the country to have raised more than $5 million in startup funding, and he did it by building a community of 100 angel investors. His platform, Localeur, connects locals in 85+ cities around the world to recommend the best local places to eat, drink and play, has been named one of the “must-have” travel apps by Travel & Leisure, Fortune, TIME, and The TODAY Show, and has national partnerships with JetBlue Airways and Match.com. Joah sits on the board of directors for three major Texas-based nonprofit organizations, and has advised everyone from the ESPN X Games and Beijing Olympics, to the Mayor of Austin and FedEx on various issues.

Joah, in other words, gets scale. He delights audiences all over the country with his compelling tales of how he went from a childhood of food stamps and an absent father to gracing the TED stage and rubbing elbows with the CEO of Apple, and what it will take for more people like him—people of color, women, folks from low-income backgrounds–to get their careers and brightest business ideas off of the back of napkins to building companies with global scale. His ambition and resilience are contagious.

Joah is a dynamic speaker who keeps it authentic through and through. His storytelling ability to connect his past with the present is impressive and inspiring. Hands down one of the hardest workers and down to earth people I have had the privilege of hearing speak.
--Justin Johnson, Client Partnerships, Facebook


I have three words that describe Joah as a presenter and a professional: Caring, Credible, Captivating. He’s driven to succeed – and to help others along the way. His accomplishments prove his proficiency, and his approachable demeanor builds trust.
--Christina Moore, Texas State University College of Business
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