The Friday Nooner: Guest Meghan Corroon (Clerdata) And “Peace Corps Lite”

Jackie made her debut co-hosting The Friday Nooner—sponsored by Dualboot Partners—alongside Pete and Chantal on this week’s episode. The trio talked about Elon Musk’s new daughter and the U.S dollar possibly going digital via a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).

Our featured guest is Meghan Corroon, co-founder and CEO of Durham-based Clerdata. Clerdata is a marketing intelligence startup that uses data science to tell you which marketing channels are driving your sales. Before launching the company, Meghan was the technical director for UNC’s Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation portfolio evaluation, and she did data-science work for several national governments in Africa. (We first wrote about Meghan and her startup in November, 2020, when it was operating under the name Lumen Insights.)

Here are some highlights:

  • Surprise! It’s not Joe in the co-host chair, but it’s another J name. Pete and Jackie discussed yesterday’s GrepBeat happy hour at Lynnwood Brewing Concern in Raleigh. If you weren’t able to attend, you can see photos on our social media channels. (Yes, the rumors are true: Jackie fell down some stairs. The good news is only her ego is bruised.)
  • Chantal joined the conversation. The trio talked briefly about the new daughter born (via surrogate) to Elon Musk and his on-again, off-again partner, the singer Grimes. The little girl’s name is Exa Dark Sideræl, but they will call her “Y,” presumably to fit in with her older brother X, whose full name is X Æ A-12. It’s all very confusing.
  • Joe Biden’s executive order this past Wednesday on digital assets included the potential development of a digital version of the U.S. dollar. The trio discussed the risks and benefits of this development.
  • Meghan was also in the Peace Corps, just like GrepBeat Godfather Joe Colopy. However, Meghan made the explosive charge that Joe’s experience in Seychelles amounted to “Peace Corps Lite” compared to hers in Cameroon. (Her words, not ours.) Meghan then talked about her journey into the Triangle startup space, the importance of marketing insights, and her local clients.

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Jackie is a reporter and producer at GrepBeat. Along with writing about tech startups and entrepreneurs, she oversees all social media platforms and produces digital media content. Before starting at GrepBeat, she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in media and journalism in May 2021. She has written for The Daily Tar Heel and Boston Herald. In her spare time, you can catch her at a hot yoga class or volunteering to walk dogs at the local animal shelter.