Raised in Scandinavia and the Caribbean, KG Charles-Harris is the Co-founder and CEO of Quarrio, and before that EMANIO. He has been involved in the Big Data and Analytics space before it was popularly called so. KG has founded, built and sold several companies in the high technology, biotechnology, and services industries. He was named Global Entrepreneur of the Year by the United Nations for international work in the nexus of innovation, technology, business and government between developing and industrialized societies. He is a board member and advisor to several companies and economic development initiatives, and a passionate advocate for education and social equity.

Q: What did you do before you started your business?
A: I have participated in several startups in Europe and the US; most with an international orientation. They have spanned biotech and genomics to computer technology.

Q: How did you get started? Tell us your motivation for starting this business.

A: We (Business Partners) had built up a business intelligence and data integration software company that we sold in 2011. However, we had lingering thoughts about how this business could be improved and so started Quarrio to enable average business users to do advanced analytics and reporting without having to learn any new skills — just ask a question in ordinary English and the system would do all the database work and math and answer back in plain English with auto-generated charts and graphs, when applicable.

Q: What are you most proud of (related to your business)?

A: Helping pull together an exceptional team who in turn have created an exceptional product.

Q: As an African American/Black entrepreneur, what were some of the biggest challenges and/or surprised you faced when starting your business?

A: Access to capital was significantly more difficult than I expected.

Q: New Orleans is such a “robust” entrepreneurial ecosystem. What are the resources (people, networks, organizations, programs, books, articles, etc.) that you have found most useful in starting and/or growing your business?

A: PowerMoves Nola, New Orleans Startup Fund, IdeaVillage

Keep in Touch:

Twitter: @KGCharlesHarris