If it wasn’t for this couple we probably wouldn’t have a show! We bring Kiersten and Paul Brager to the show this week to talk about black love in tech this week. It takes a lot to keep a good thing going and these two share with us the ups and downs of keeping a marriage successful with career demands, families, and friends pulling you in all kinds of directions.
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00:40 – Why Paul & Kiersten mean so much to the show’s existence
4:10 – What makes the Bragers the coolest nerds in the room?
5:40 – How being a nerd got Kiersten out of poverty
7:25 – 30 years of experience and counting
11:40 – Walking into the room with a pitbull mentality
12:40 – Confidence vs Arrogance from a Black man’s eyes.
14:50 – How Kiersten learned to get respect in the workplace
16:40 – How we weren’t taught to be assertive in a office environment
20:10 – How Paul and Kiersten met at a crawfish boil
27:40 – How Paul’s Safari account sealed the deal
30:10 – What it feels like to find your intellectual equal
35:10 – Finding the middle-ground between different personalities
38:10 – How Paul has help influence Kiersten in the workplace
42:10 – How friendship precluded a successful relationship
44:55 – The challenge of being a working professional couple in tech
50:10 – Ensuring you’re ready for a driven or ambitious partner
59:00 – Doing the work to know what you want
1:02:10 – What do you recommend to people looking for a great partner?
1:04:00 – Can you wake up to this person everyday?
1:06:00 – Can you handle the way they resolve conflict
1:10:20 – Understand where you stand in the equation
1:15:40 – What are your opinions on the current dating scene?
1:18:10 – Why you can’t bailout when it gets tough
1:23:40 – Why a good spouse shouldn’t be a project
1:29:10 – What black men need to do to step it up
1:38:30 – Has dating culture become too transactional?
1:42:30 – Why you have to always make decisions for the best of your family
1:43:40 – How there aren’t enough positive influences of love
1:48:00 – Where do you find a cool nerd?
1:50:00 – Why you should choose values over vanity
1:53:30 – When people don’t have good examples of love
1:55:10 – Why we should give ourselves some grace
1:58:30 – How are we going to be spending our Valentine’s day.
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Intro/Outro produced by @chaisnuclear of the Tin Clock Productions