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Raising Funding for Technical Startups with Ishmael Samuel, CTO and Co-Founder of Paragon

Ishmael Samuel is CTO and cofounder of Paragon, an embedded integration platform that allows SaaS companies to connect their product to their customers’ data and expedite their integration roadmap. Paragon has raised $17m from investors including Y Combinator, Inspired Capital, Village Global, FoundersClub and more and recently announced its $13m Series A led by Inspired Capital.

To start Paragon, he and his cofounder raised $1m pre-seed with no product. In this chat he discusses their strategy to do that.

Prior to Paragon, Ishmael founded CTRL LA, a software development agency that built web and mobile products for companies including Universal Studios and Uber.

Ishmael grew up in Omaha, Nebraska after he moved here as a Sudaneese refugee when he was three. Alongside building Paragon, Ishmael advises technical teams and angel invests in startups.

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