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BUILDUP Hosts AllAccess Holiday Social and Toy Drive Benefitting Local Bay Area Non-Profits

Global impact firm will also announce AllAccess Award winners at holiday gathering

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Dec. 2, 2014 – BUILDUP, a global impact firm designed to connect, mentor and educate technology entrepreneurs, today announced they will partner with several inclusive, world-changing organizations in the spirit of giving back, by hosting a holiday social and toy drive benefitting local San Francisco Bay area non-profits. The AllAccess holiday social and awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, December 3rd at 6pm at if(we) 840 Battery Street in San Francisco.

A free event open to all, the AllAccess holiday social requests guests bring gifts such as educational games, books, science lab kits and toys for kids ages 8 to 17, to support the Lincoln Child CenterPrescott Joseph Center and other bay area youth programs. Guests will enjoy an evening of networking, food and music. To attend the AllAccess holiday social and for more information, please visit

BUILDUP is partnering with Accelerate With Google, Avion Ventures, BlackBirds (Twitter),
Black Girls Code, CODE2040, DreamFunded, femgineer, Girl Develop It, if(we), Kapor Center For Social Impact, Latino Startup Alliance, ODALC, Singularity University, STEMBOARD, StealthMode Group, Up Global, and WomenWhoCode.

“if(we) is proud to be co-hosting this season’s All Access Holiday Social at our offices where we will welcome both old and new friends coming together to support diversity in technology and more,” said Steve Sarner, vice president of marketing for if(we).

Tiffany Price, Information Strategist for the Kapor Center for Social Impact added, “We are pleased to partner with BUILDUP and other companies committed to diversifying the tech ecosystem, using our collective resources and networks to positively impact the broader community during this holiday season.”

AllAccess Awards Winners to Be Announced at Holiday Social

The AllAccess Awards is part of a new era of organizations and individuals working together to drive much-needed change in technology, as innovation requires diverse voices, unique experiences and open access. The awards highlight entrepreneurs, women and minorities in tech, along with STEM organizations, conferences, publications, startups, accelerators, angel investors and venture capital firms.

“It’s time to build our future together. It’s time to learn from one another, build upon bold foundations and acknowledge fellow changemakers building world-changing solutions, said Wayne Sutton, general partner of BUILDUP. “On December 3rd, we honor some of those bold leaders of 2014. Together we award those paving the way to an all access future.” 

A complete list of winners and nominees is available at

BUILDUP was founded in 2014 by Wayne Sutton, Kristina Omari and Christian Anderson, who together have more than 30 years experience in technology and investing. Sutton is a three-time startup founder and co-founder of the first minority lead startup accelerator/incubator in Silicon Valley, while both Omari and Anderson bring a wealth of knowledge from their backgrounds in technology, strategy, investments and business development. Together, they formed BUILDUP as they noted the extreme lack of minority technology role models, such as founders or investors who are women, African-American, or Hispanic for upcoming entrepreneurs to approach as mentors or advisors.

The firm is dedicated to increasing innovation globally by bringing innovators together from an array of backgrounds and experience – from the technology, education, health, design, environmental, social and political sectors. BUILDUP hosts networking events featuring successful founders, designers, investors and thought leaders to assist in providing valuable information to first time and experienced entrepreneurs.


BUILDUP is a global impact firm designed to support an inclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurs focused on building new technologies to solve the world’s most critical challenges. For more information, visit

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#Quote: “The first challenge for entrepreneurs is to get a seat at the table.

Once you have a seat, the next challenge is to follow-up.”

#Quote: “The first challenge for entrepreneurs is to get a seat at the table. Once you have a seat, the next challenge is to follow-up.”

Let’s set a goal to build great leaders not just great companies.

#quote – Let’s set a goal to build great leaders not just great companies.

I rather be very optimistic and try, than pessimistic and do nothing.

#Quote – I rather be very optimistic and try, than pessimistic and do nothing.

After doing some self reflection in late 2012 I started practicing meditation. That along with many nights at the gym for all of 2013 helped me along the way on my journey of self improvement. Since 2014 then I’ve been on and off again meditating. The same can be said about the gym but I’m working on being more consistent and using a couple of apps to help me along the way.

For meditation I’m a big fan of website and app. When I visited NC a couple of weeks ago I used the calm app to meditate with my son Micah. He’s 3 1/2. After reading my friend Stacy aka the Zen Girl‘s
morning routine post I decided to give the HeadSpace app a try.


Headspace focuses on guided meditation lead by Andy Puddicombe. The first ten days of the app are clear, focused a lot on breathing along with some animated visuals to help you process the upcoming sessions. The app is very well done and subscription based after the first ten sessions. My biggest con of the app is I wanted a female voice and I don’t feel justified paying the subscription when there are so many other great meditation apps available. Still if you’re just starting out, give headspace a try.

My girlfriend Melinda uses Insight Timer to meditate. I’m going to give it a try for the next ten days and see how I feel.


I’ll post more on my fitness apps in another post.

Do you use an app for meditation if so let me know in the comments.


Yesterday after working out I was thinking about what I want to accomplish in the next year and what behavior traits the mind needs for success and growth. I also was thinking about how to change cultures in various demographics such as low-income communities where the digital divide is very real along with other disparities.

I believe there are three behavior traits people need to be have. The first being having a mindset that they can learn anything. I’m not talking about just learning to code but anything from data science, to flying a plane to swimming. The second is a passion to create wealth. Individuals need to examine what skills they have, what they’re good at and can charge for it. It could be $5.00 a month via an podcast or $200 an hour for consulting. Using various web platforms it’s super easy to create a subscription based service or host an event or teach a class to create wealth.

The last behavior trait is confidence. If you’re going to be successful, you have to realize no one is going to give you anything and you have to believe in yourself to learn, to grow and to create wealth.

More about learning and growing at Building Mindset.