Birame N. Sock is a successful serial entrepreneur focused in the tech and media space. She is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of Founder 5, Inc. a startup management group focused on developing and advising ventures with successful executives in various areas from e-commerce, to media, consumer services and Augmented Reality among others. Birame recently founded Kweli as the latest Founder 5 portfolio company which is a newly developed B2B wholesale sourcing marketplace for products made in Africa focusing on quality, volume and reliability. She was the winner of the 2010 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards for North America and has been a member of the North America official Jury since 2017. She also currently serves on the Board of Techbirdge Girls, a non-profit focused on teaching STEM as an after school program for girls living in underserved communities.
Birame Sock was recently the President and Chief Operating Officer and Technology manager of Function(x), a media company that operated several internet properties including Wetpaint.com, the leading online destination for entertainment news for millennial women, covering the latest in television, music, and pop culture. Prior to that, she served as a Board Member of Function(x) since February 2013.
Birame was the Founder of Third Solutions (acquired in 2014) and was the visionary and primary developer of MyReceipts©, the leading digital receipts platform. She was also the Founder of Musicphone, Inc., which was acquired in July 2007 by Gracenote, Inc. Musicphone was the first to launch a Wireless Music Recognition service called MusicID (now Shazam) with AT&T Wireless and Virgin Mobile USA in 2005.
Ms Sock served as an Independent Board Director at Viggle, Inc (VGGL: NASDAQ), a loyalty program for television that gives people rewards for checking into the television shows they’re watching. She also served on the board of The Commonwealth Institute (Florida Chapter), a non-profit organization founded in 1997 to help women entrepreneurs, CEOs, and senior corporate executives build successful businesses and served as an Independent Director and Audit Committee Member on the Board of $1 billion market cap public company called CKX (CKXE: NASDAQ) which was engaged in the ownership, development and commercial utilization of entertainment content. At CKX, Birame helped expand and digitalize the American Idol brand through the development of the americanidol.com website which grew to become one of the most visited sites in the world.
From application developer to corporate executive and tech entrepreneur, as a result of her successes, Birame Sock was named by the Huffington Post as one of the Top 2011 Female Tech Founders to Watch and was a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council and the World Entrepreneurship Forum. She has been featured in Marie Claire Magazine, the Miami Herald, Forbes Magazine, Black Enterprise, the New York Times and Billboard Magazine amongst others. She has appeared on CNBC and Good Morning America, has spoken at many leading industry events and has participated as a judge at several startup competitions.