“I was on the forced Jenny Craig Plan. You go to bed early and wake up late in order to avoid eating.” -Jason Panda
In this powerful addition of “Tell Your Story,” I caught up with Jason Panda, CEO and founder of B Condoms. Jason and I first met freshman year (1997) while attending Boston University. However, after one year of taking the “T” up and down Commonwealth Ave, we both decided to move on from the university. I transferred to Northeastern University after BU dropped the football program (more on this another time), and Jason transferred to Morehouse College; eventually graduating with a bachelors degree in biology . The Brockton Mass native went on to earn a law degree from Georgetown despite knowing early on that law was not the career path for him.
Through social media, I’ve been able to keep tabs on Jason throughout the years. Admittedly, when I reached out to Jason to discuss the idea of telling his story, I thought the narrative would center around his decision to leave law to start his own condom company. Think about that for a second. A successful attorney making great money decides to leave corporate law to start a condom business makes for a pretty interesting story. However, the journey of overcoming multiple failures, and lost partnerships is what makes Jason’s story both compelling and inspirational.
During this two part interview, we discuss how B Condoms became (and still remains) the only independently, and black owned condom distribution company in the US. Jason recounts his early failures, the lessons learned from them, the principle of learning by doing, and what it means to operate without a net, money,and legacy. Its an interview you don’t want to miss.
In addition to hearing Jason’s incredible interview, I too was telling my story. This is the very first “Tell Your Story” interview I conducted. As you’ll see, we had some technical difficulties, first with Skype, and then with google. You could hear Rocky walking in the background, and even Melina made a few cameo appearances. Once complete, I spent a considerable amount of time uploading it to YouTube in 3 minute increments because I recorded the entire interview using my camera phone (I know, amateur move). In watching the interview, I observed a few things I can improve on and look forward to doing so with each interview.
Listening to Jason’s story was truly inspiring and I can’t wait to bring more of them to you each month on this blog and the “Get on the Box”podcast.
I hope you enjoy listening to Jason’s incredible story of belief, endurance, and triumph! If so, please share with your family and friends.
PS, I’m still waiting for my hat Jason!
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‘I have supreme belief in my abilities.‘There would be no B condoms without Morehouse.‘I make money wherever there’s wi-fi.‘I have the blueprint and I want to pass it down.
Jason Panda is CEO of B Holding Group, LLC / b condoms, a premium condom company with a social mission. b condoms leverages condom sales to decrease teen pregnancy and HIV/AIDS rates by funding awareness and prevention initiatives within underserved communities. Jason was recently recognized as one of the “Top 40 Leaders Under 40” by the New Leaders Council and one of the “Ten Young Entrepreneurs to Watch” by Black Enterprise. He is a member of the Strategic Leadership Council for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Jason has also been honored by the New York City Department of Health, the National Action Network and BET for his work in New York City. Mr. Panda is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College, where he was an Oprah Winfrey Scholar. He also graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where he served on the Moot Court Team.
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