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Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and general partner at BUILDUP.vc. BUILDUP is dedicated to growing global innovations by bringing innovators together from an array of backgrounds and experience – technology, corporate, healthcare, design, environmental, social and political leadership – to a forum to investigate new realms of technology.

Wayne has over 14 years experience in technology, design and business development. Wayne was recently recognized as one of the Silicon Valley 100 coolest people in tech, one of the 52 hottest new stars in Silicon Valley, one of the 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology by Business Insider and one of the Top 100 most influential black people on social media in 2014.

Wayne share’s his experiences with entrepreneurs as one of the Wall Street Journal Startup Gurus in a weekly article. In 2011, co-founded the NewMe Accelerator, the first minority led startup accelerator/incubator in Silicon Valley which was featured in CNN Black in America 4 in 2011 and launched a mobile location-based startup in 2009. Wayne has worked with large brands, Inc 500 companies and advises several technology startups. Wayne is also one of the organizers of the Food Hackathon, which assembles leading food innovators, chefs, developers, designers and entrepreneurs to collaborate on solutions in the food ecosystem.

Wayne has been featured on CNN, BBC, USA Today, TechCrunch, Mashable, Black Enterprise, and various online media outlets. Being an early adopter Wayne was one of the first 1000 users on Twitter which as lead to a loyal following not only on Twitter, but Facebook and Google+. His blog SocialWayne.com has been ranked one of the 50 best technology and social media blogs in the world.

Wayne is a past TED attendee and has spoken at universities, major internet and technology focused conferences such as Stanford, Duke, UNC, NC State, World Wide Web Conference, O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, South By South West (SXSW), BlogWorld, and more. While managing PitchTo, Wayne is also an Angel Investor In Training via Astia and the Pipleline Fellowship.

With a passion for STEM, Wayne is the cofounder of Student Ventures ( Studentventures.org , a nonprofit organization which mission is to expose middle and high school students to the world of entrepreneurship, mobile app development, digital technology and STEM education.






THE SILICON VALLEY 100: The Coolest People In Tech Right Now – Business Insider
Meet The 52 Hottest New Stars In Silicon Valley – Business Insider
The 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology – Business Insider
Top 100 Most Influential Black People On Digital/Social Media – Eelan Media

The 25 Most Influential African-Americans In Technology – Business Insider
Blacks on the Brink of Greatness – BET.com
10 San Francisco Entrepreneurs To Watch – via YFS Magazine
2012 – 25-best-black-bloggers
The Inaugural BiT Top 10 Award Winners awarded at SXSW Interactive
2012 -Top 100 U.S. Social Media, Internet Marketing & SEO Blogs
Top 10 Social Media Blogs to Follow in 2012
Top Social Media Strategists to Watch in 2012
The Most Influential Small Business People on Twitter
20 Most Influential People in Social Media
2011 – Top20 Black blogs of 2011
21 Of The Top Black Social Media Influencers
50 Social Media Phenoms
Top 50 Social Media Blogs to revitalize your mind
MyMediaInfo’s Top Ten Technology Tweeps
50 Of The Best Social Media And Technology Blogs In The World
The Top 50 Social Media Blogs Of 2010
BrandMakers’s 25 Urban Entrepreneurs To Follow on Twitter
@BlackWeb20’s and @HP’s Top 50 Tech Tastemakers
Social Media Expert Interviews by Brian Carter
Top 20 Social Media Experts (Honorable Mention)
Social Media Thought Leaders – Who’s No. 1? (Just missed list)
100 Social Media Experts to Follow on Twitter
100 Smartest People in Social Media
Immediate Influence: 50 Most Powerful and Influential Men in Social Media

Wayne Sutton speaking at TEDxBayArea Global Women Entrepreneurs Event 2012

Quotes and recommendations:

Wayne is an enthusiastic and pragmatic entrepreneur. He’s built an incredible network due to his ability provide value to others and build trust. I have enjoyed working with Wayne during AgLocals days in the NewMe accelerator and have no doubt he will be successful in building Pitch.to.
Naithan Jones, CEO, Co-Founder, AgLocal

“Wayne is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs on the rise with knowledge and resources. He knows the ins and outs of the startup sphere better than most, and what he does with that knowledge day to day makes him a great guy to know and work with.”
Rachel Brooks, Founder, Citizen Made

:Wayne’s ability to think outside the box and find overlooked opportunities is unsurpassed.” , Teresa Savage, CEO & Co-Founder at Gift Caddie

“Wayne is hands down one of the most dedicated and balanced advisor/entrepreneurs I’ve met.”, Naithan Jones, CEO, Co-Founder, AgLocal

“Wayne was a great speaker and knows his “Social Media”, Doug Erickson

“ Most Impressive, informative. Wayne is am excellent speaker who gave us all valuable insight into the Social Media market. Our thanks to the Ty and the sponsors for having this meetup ” David Gray

“ I thought Wayne was great I think I definitely walked away with more info than I had going in. Thanks ”, Rhett King, DC

“Wayne Sutton exhibits a natural passion to connect people. A social media guru, Wayne understands technology and helps people apply tools to meet their overall objective. Wayne has truly won the respect of all those with whom he works.” Jeff Tippett, Outreach Strategist, Calvert Holdings, Inc.

“Wayne is a very energetic and hard working collaborator. He strikes a great balance between serving others and getting ahead. THIS is why I trust him completely. Plus he knows his social tech!” Brian Russell, Consultant, Yesh Design

Angel Investor Training 2012:

Astia Angel Training Program
2012 Bay Area Pipeline Fellowship Conference

Leadership, Community Projects:

Mentor at Startup Weekend NEXT Bay Area
Mentor at AT&T 28 Days – Making History Happen – 2014
Coach at Startup Weekend EDU Oakland
Judge at Startup Weekend Black Male Achievement
Judge at Startup World : Global Grand Finale – 2013
Mentor at Startup Weekend EDU SF – 2013
Judge at Startup Weekend Bay Area – 2013
Mentor at CODE2040.org – 2013
Mentor at Hack//Meat Silicon Valley Food Hackathon – 2013
Startup Day on the Hill Participant – 2012
NewME Accelerator, Co-Founder, Partner – NewMEAccelerator.com – 2011 – 2012
BlackWeb 2.0 – Guest Contributor (2008 -2012)
The Social Geeks Podcast – Guest Host (2008 – 2012)
Triangle Social Media Club – President, The Triangle, NC (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) (2008-2010)
Ignite Raleigh – Event Organizer, (2009 -2010)
Startup Weekend – (Raleigh, NC) – Event Organizer, (2008-2009)
Triangle Tweetup Event Organizer, (2007-2010)

Hackathon Winner

  • November 2012 – Code For America Data DeathMatch! – First place winning team
  • November 2012 – ESPNW Hack Day – Twitter Prize Winner

  • Wayne Sutton

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    @CCTV_america Interview on incubators and their impact on the startup scene

    MarketPlace – Blind spot: VC and minority business
    AT&T – Changing the Community in 28 Days
    AT&T – 28 Days Team Wins $20,000 for Outstanding Service in the Community
    Madamenoire.com – Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! A Female Rapper, An Olympian, & A Tech Entrepreneur Go Head To Head For $20k!
    KPOO FM Radio Interview – Black History Month Panel Interview
    Rolling Out – Wayne Sutton named one of the 100 Coolest People in Tech
    Rolling Out – Wayne Sutton, digital media master, works with AT&T 28 Days in honor of Black History Month
    Rolling Out – Google Hangout with Wayne Sutton

    USA Today – Minorities rush to Twitter, Instagram, smartphones
    BET.com – Blacks on the Brink of Greatness
    Wall Street Journal – Earvin “Magic” Johnson To Lead Powerhouse Line-Up Of CEOs At Entrepreneurs Conference In Columbus, OH
    Inside Scoop SF – Food Hackathon looks to the future of food technology, colorful food searches and more
    Xconomy – Food Hackers Cook Up a Storm of Startup Ideas in San Francisco
    Business Insider – There’s a Racial Divide On Twitter And Instagram
    Business Insider – The 25 Most Influential African-Americans In Technology
    The Root – 25 Most Influential African Americans in Technology
    Bloomberg Businessweek – Education, Mentors, Money: How to Boost Black Tech Entrepreneurs
    The Root – Top Black Techies: The Gadgets They Love
    Doubt The Doubts podcast Interview
    Entrepreneur 2.0 Podcast Startup Guru Wayne Sutton has one of the top 50 ranked social media blogs how did he do it?
    The Network Journal – Wayne Sutton Creates a New Valuable Digital Platform for Entrepreneurs
    Ebony Magazine – Wanna e Startin’ Somethin’
    Memeburn – Wearable tech is the future, but if it’s not cool I don’t care [MEF]

    Mashable – How Do We Close the Diversity Gap in Tech Entrepreneurship? [VIDEO]
    Black Enterprise Online – Black in America’: Wayne Sutton, One Year Later
    Black In Tech Austin – The Inaugural BiT Top 10 Award Winners awarded at SXSW Interactive
    TheRoot – 25-best-black-bloggers
    YFS Magazine – 10 San Francisco Entrepreneurs To Watch
    TechCrunch – The Search For Minority Entrepreneurs Is Over — Now They Need To Be Ready For Investors
    ESPN – espnW Hack Day 2012 Wrapup
    TechCrunch – 7 New Educational Startups Founded By Minorities in Tech
    Diverse Mobile – The most interesting (and humble) brother in technology

    News and Observer – Local tech entrepreneur makes his mark on CNN
    CNN – Soledad O’Brien Chronicles Journeys of Black Tech Entrepreneurs for Fourth Black in America
    Mashable – 3 Reasons Tomorrow’s Tech Industry Will Be More Culturally Diverse
    CNNTech – Black entrepreneurs pitch their dreams to Silicon Valley
    CNNMoney – 8 entrepreneurs diversifying the tech scene
    The Network Journal – NewMe Accelerator Aims At African-American Technological Entrepreneurship
    Wall Street Journal – MC Hammer To Minority Entrepreneurs: “Let’s Get It Started
    Wall Street Journal – Y Combinator Success Leads To Copycats, Incubator Raiders
    CNN.com – Marketers embracing QR codes, for better or worse
    Black Enterprise Online – Diverse Startups Connect at SXSW Technology Conference
    Black Enterprise Magazine – Featured in the January edition of Black Enterprise Magazine
    Kentucky.com – Growing in popularity, QR codes can help your business grow
    Raleigh entrepreneur and blogger Wayne Sutton joins TechMedia as Director of Digital
    News14 interview: Foursquare offers ‘Super’ deals for football fans
    Grind and Thrive – How Wayne Sutton’s Passion For Technology Helped Him Become A Big-Time Influencer
    SmalllBiz Lady – Melinda Emerson – Do you have an idea for the next great tech start-up?

    Web Pro News – Using Geolocation to Promote Your Business
    Technorati: #28DaysofDiversity with Wayne Sutton
    The Atlanta Post – Behind The Click: Wayne Sutton
    Black Enterprise – Tech Insider: 4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Smartphone
    WRAL – NBA owner, dot-com billionaire praises Triangle’s entrepreneurial energy
    Perkett PR – Claire Russell and Wayne Sutton at IMS10 – Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA – Part 1 & 2
    CNN Money – Steve Jobs’ big night at the Oscars
    50 Social Media Phenoms

    Fox News 8, Interview – Social Networking Etiquette
    Huffingtonpost – Black Like Me? The Missing Faces in Technology and Innovation
    HubSpot Marketing – Want to Build Your Brand? Share Your Content.
    MyNC – How To Get Your Next Job
    Web Pro News – How Social Media Could Haunt You

    Social Media Rock Star – Wayne Sutton Interview
    Immediate Influence – 50 Most Powerful and Influential Men in Social Media
    North Carolina Startups – Social Media and Startups
    FayObserver.com – ‘Twitter’ gains steam in Fayetteville
    The Smak: 2 Guys & A Mic: TO Makeover
    Triangle Stores – Citizen journalism and community building
    NBC Nightly News – Watching Companies rise in 54 hours, ref Startup Weekend.

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    AngelList: 1600+ Followers
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    Klout Score 70
    Kred Score 825

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