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Class E Podcast

The Class–E Podcast hosts conversations with leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship and sheds light on all the amazing accomplishments of students, faculty, and alumni in the Furman University Family.

We strive to help innovative thinkers share their stories, their expertise, and experience in hopes of creating an innovative and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Our mission is to educate and inspire our listeners to engage in innovative thinking, connect with Furman Innovation and Entrepreneurship and launch their own ventures.

Feb 10, 2022

Tech entrepreneur Ford Blakely ‘97 turned his natural ability to problem-solve into a $42 million venture. In this episode of the Class E Podcast, Blakely sits down with host Mary Sturgill and a live audience to discuss his company, Zingle, a hospitality-focused business software company. Blakely talks about overcoming obstacles, taking risks, and harnessing dreams, and shares his advice for Furman students and emerging entrepreneurs.

Guest: Ford Blakely

Host: Mary Sturgill

Producers: Eliza Polich '23 and Emma Kerr '22