meet the founder
Keenan D. Williams, a proud ‘09 graduate of Florida A&M University (FAMU), began his career in commercial real estate as a Mortgage Broker in Debt & Equity Finance at CBRE. After learning how to structure both small scale and large institutional deals, Keenan realized that he needed something more outside of a corporate and tech career. He later left his full time role, took a leap of faith, and became a full time entrepreneur building his first tech company in the commercial real estate space.
Through hard work, focus, and passion, Keenan is Founder/CEO of Stratrum Growth and the Cofounder, President & Head of Partnerships at REZI - a New York City based real estate fintech startup that enables people to rent apartments instantly from their phone for free. Scaling the company successfully after completing Y-Combinator in Winter 2017 and helped raise over $35M+ in total capitalization since inception, as well as, successfully close a Series A capital raise. Keenan and his co founders continue to set a template of success for others Founders to follow and help them avoid unnecessary pitfalls.
Keenan chose to use his entrepreneurial, business and finance expertise to help strengthen and grow other early stage Founders and Creatives seeking to start and scale their businesses. In 2019 Keenan started Stratum Growth, an advisory platform for early stage founders and creatives to formalize their products, services while showing them how to implement optimal business practices to scale and create recurring revenue streams.
Stratum’s path serving Creatives started when Founder Keenan D. Willaims, created the Black Door Society (BDS) in NYC, his first attempt at building bridges between the worlds of business and Creatives over private dinners in the West Village in downtown Manhattan. That has grown into Stratum’s current effort serving the same purpose, with a quarterly private gathering called Social Equity Dinner (S.E.D), a creative social arm to Stratum. Social Equity Dinner was launched in LA during the fall of 2018 in supporting the growing West Coast relationships of creatives. Which has successfully brought both the Media/Content business world and Creatives together to achieve career advancement, projects financed and creating lasting relationships to be leveraged in the near future.
In addition to being a three time founder and active mentor for young men of color, Keenan is a national speaker and business consultant whose message and impact has serviced content creators, tech founders, new media platforms and early stage service providers in verticals ranging from recruitment to the food and beverage industry. Keenan and his business efforts have been featured on national speaking platforms, news outlets and podcasts such as Entrepreneur Magazine, The Real Deal, Crains New York, TechCrunch and The CCNYC and Respect Me King.