Sage Franch is Co-Founder and CTO of Crescendo — Inclusive Workplaces, a 2018 Next36 company. Crescendo is a training chatbot for diversity and inclusion that detects unconscious bias in workplace communication.

When I was in undergrad, I started a company making pre-packaged recipes for 3D food printers. It failed. Big time.

I’ve always had a passion for creation, and I think that’s why I ended up in computer science; I like to create things that other people use. That first startup of mine wasn’t a tech business, but it was a great experiment in innovation and market validation (or, in that case, invalidation), and it led me to discovering the Next 36. When I first saw the program I knew right away it was for me, but it wasn’t until two years later that I ended up applying.

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