The Silicon Review
“To our partners and clients, I would like to thank them for their trust and support. We won’t let you down.”
Dante White founded Oppuous for business owners, small and large, who are dissatisfied with having to buy software, hardware, and tech support services from multiple places, manage multiple contracts, and have purchased the wrong solutions.
Oppuous is a one-stop marketplace (like Amazon) for business tech solutions and has nationwide engineering and cloud specialists to advise business owners along the way. It provides a minimum 15% savings on solutions and hundreds of hours of saved time a year, unlike buying solutions from every individual company. Oppuous makes buying technology simple, stress-free, and efficient.
The best aspect of Oppuous, a minority-owned business, is that it reinvests a portion of every sale it makes in BIPOC, Veteran, or Woman-owned businesses. Put simply, Oppuous helps organizations in meeting their diversity needs. It enables these organizations to strengthen their dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion, which in turn enables the creation of a whole new class of sustainable generational wealth in the community.
Oppuous serves clients in the United States.
The Silicon Review reached out to Dante White, founder of Oppuous, and here’s what he had to say.
How would you describe your professional journey so far? Tell us about a few roadblocks and learning lessons that helped you grow through the years.
My professional journey has been nothing short of a wild ride. As an entrepreneur you have to have belief in yourself and your vision.
I started Oppuous after being laid off twice during Covid-19. The second time was in November 2020. I took the holiday season off as I needed time to decompress and reflect. It was then that I had a kind of “lightbulb moment”. I told myself: There’s no loyalty in corporate America and if I die building someone else’s dream I am going to be pissed off! It’s time that I start my own thing and build a company that means something. Even though I was the sole provider for my son and me, I had to take that first step in claiming my worthiness. With that, I took my belief that I could build something bigger than myself straight to market. Belief is what accelerates and pushes a person or startup to become great. You have to want the best for your life, you have to want the best for the people around you because we only have a moment on this earth; you have to believe that you’re worthy and you can do it. That belief will carry you through some chaotic times. I will tell you there are going to be people who will tell you that they believe in you, they will say it with their lips, but their eyes tell you otherwise. You have to keep going and push through the chaos. You can’t be great if you can’t operate in chaos, I believe that wholeheartedly. If you can operate in chaos, the world becomes your playground.
Q. Trust is one of the most important currencies of leadership that requires authenticity and consistency to maintain. What’s your take on this?
Trust is paramount to any relationship. You can ask anyone in my life, if I say I am going to do something it gets done…regardless. With Oppuous, it’s no different, we set out to create an organization that one could not only trust with its most mission-critical applications but also trust to do the right thing in the world as a citizen. We wouldn’t have been able to amass the success we have had in such a short time without it. To our partners and clients, I would like to thank them for their trust and support. We won’t let you down.
Q. As the CEO of the company, what are your major roles and responsibilities?
Vibin’; I am thinking about changing my title to Chief Vibes Officer (laughs). All jokes aside there is some truth to that. As a CEO, my job is to lead, it’s to make sure that the company stays true to its original purpose (to do good while doing great), it’s my duty to insure that when we hit “choppy waters” I navigate us through them; it’s also really important that I keep our company culture consistent by creating a welcoming, positive, and creative environment. I thrive in creativity so I must give autonomy to all of my key players.
Q. What can you tell us about Oppuous? What are its focus areas?
I created Oppuous to help organizations find the best tech possible, stabilize their tech stacks and spend in the most efficient way possible. I started it with the belief that we can do good while doing great; the two concepts are not mutually exclusive. The name, Oppuous, means an opportunity for you, is an opportunity for us.
Q. Can you introduce us to your services? What are their key features?
Oppuous’ key features are our unique go-to-market and delivery system, as well as our vast portfolio. Our marketplace not only acts as a way to find, purchase and manage solutions but also does cost management and optimizes utilization. It also acts as a user lifecycle management platform. While we have over 1,000 SaaS options from over 600 providers, we’re more than tech; we have a compelling energy portfolio that contains solar, water management, distributed generation, even electric vehicle solutions, and more. Our commitment to the triple bottom line is unparalleled. We’ve even gone as far as creating a partnership with our electric vehicle charger partner, which now includes a venture capital group. That group will fully fund the implementation and maintenance of EV chargers for site hosts. It makes instant topline revenue for our clients and helps them to advance their community with a commitment to be a more sustainable part of the future!
Q. How do you see Oppuous changing in five years, and how do you see yourself creating that change?
In the next five years, we will stay committed to being a procurement, IT leader, and leadership team’s best friend! We will look to add additional services to the portfolio like perhaps travel and lodging, that way we can become even more of a “one-stop shop” for businesses to have an efficient way to purchase needed products and services. We will also look to start our accelerator program for our BIPOC, Veteran, and Woman-owned business fund recipients.
Dante White, Founder | In His Own Words
I became an entrepreneur in part due to my humble beginnings as a minority growing up in a military home. I went through the traditional means of putting myself through college with student loans, odd jobs, and late nights studying. I was successful in any position I took and “climbed the corporate ladder.” In 2013, I became a father and realized on the day I held my son in my arms; that my life was no longer my own and everything I did had to be for him and the world he’d grow up in. While I made many incredible connections, learned so much, and gained invaluable experience in the Tech space; I yearned for more. I became an entrepreneur to build generational wealth for my son, invest in myself and my community, and follow my passion.