Don’t Blame Me Podcast
In today’s episode of the Transform, Create, Achieve All (TCAA) podcast, we had the pleasure of speaking with Dante White, an emerging business magnate and the founder and CEO of Oppuous. Known for his resourceful thinking and sustainable business strategies, Dante gained national visibility as a finalist on the reality TV show, “The Blox.”
About Dante White
Dante is a self-starter who embodies the true essence of entrepreneurship. He founded his venture, Oppuous, in 2021, a year that posed unprecedented challenges for businesses globally. But Dante’s story doesn’t stop there; he also founded a second business that same year. Oppuous aims to simplify operational hurdles for businesses by offering technology solutions that are both efficient and cost-effective.
Early Life and Influences
Born into a middle-class family, Dante learned the importance of hard work from an early age. His father was a veteran, and his mother, a stay-at-home mom and an expert in ceramics, stained glass, cakes, and interior design, instilled values of perseverance and diligence in him.. He credits his parents for shaping his outlook on life and says, “Their lessons are my guiding principles.”
Reality TV and Entrepreneurship
Dante was among the top finalists in “The Blox,” a reality show where 50,000 participants competed in a series of challenges that involved pitching business ideas to a panel of esteemed judges. Dante found the show to be a “very vulnerable moment,” but invaluable for growth and exposure.
Starting a Business During a Crisis
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Dante was one of the many who lost their jobs. But instead of despairing, he saw this as an opportunity to transition his side hustle into a full-fledged business. He recalls, “COVID was the catalyst for change.” Overcoming numerous hurdles, including the responsibilities of being a single father, Dante proved that with enough focus and determination, anyone can achieve success.
The Oppuous Model
As a certified D&I (Diversity and Inclusion) organization, companies can fulfill their D&I commitments by partnering with Oppuous. Additionally, Oppuous is committed to social responsibility, reinvesting a portion of its revenue into businesses that are minosddrity, veteran, or woman-led.
Sustainable Business Practices
Oppuous follows a circular economy model. We provide money and energy-saving software and energy solutions, reducing the carbon footprint. Dante believes that “sustainability should be a business norm, not a luxury.”
Community involvement is an integral part of Oppuous’s mission. Dante regularly conducts workshops for budding entrepreneurs, focusing on subjects like venture capital, technology, and sustainability. His vision is to create a ripple effect of positive change in the community.
Dante White’s story is a testament to what can be achieved through determination, risk-taking, and a commitment to ethical business practices. From starting a business amidst a pandemic to making an impactful appearance on a reality TV show and championing diversity and inclusion, Dante’s journey is awe-inspiring.
His work and initiatives reflect the change he wishes to see in the world. Dante White is not just a business owner; he is a visionary and a change-maker. Listening to the full interview provides a much deeper look into Dante’s journey, and his advice is golden for anyone aiming to become an entrepreneur.