Clarence Bethea doesn’t have the standard startup founder’s background and his company isn’t based in a big coastal city. So though his warranty company Upsie is doing well, he’s raised very little money.
Clarence Bethea doesn’t have the standard background for a tech entrepreneur. He didn’t go to Stanford or drop out of Harvard like Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates. He doesn’t live in San Francisco or Boston.
He’s black. And his childhood wasn’t easy: His dad used to come home drunk or high at night and beat his mom, right in front of him.