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Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and founder of the Icon Project. The Icon Project mission is to build emotional intelligence to advance the success of Black and Brown men in tech. Wayne is also the co-founder of Change Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs. Change Catalyst builds inclusive tech ecosystems through strategic advising, startup programs and resources, and a series of events around the globe. Sutton’s experience includes years of establishing partnerships with large brands to early-stage startups. As a leading voice in diversity and inclusion in tech, Sutton shares his thoughts on solutions and culture in various media outlets where he has been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to mentoring and advising early-stage startups, Sutton’s life goal is to educate entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world.

Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and founder of the Icon Project. The Icon Project mission is to build emotional intelligence to advance the success of Black and Brown men in tech. Wayne is also the co-founder of Change Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs. Sutton’s experience includes years of establishing partnerships with large brands to early-stage startups. As a leading voice in diversity and inclusion in tech, Sutton shares his thoughts on solutions and culture in various media outlets where he has been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to mentoring and advising early-stage startups, Sutton’s life goal is to educate entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world.

Wayne has over 14 years of experience in technology, design and business development. Wayne has been 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.

In 2014 Wayne co-founded BUILDUP, a non-profit designed to support an inclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurs through educational workshops and fellows program for underrepresented tech founders. In 2011, Wayne co-founded the NewMe Accelerator, the first minority-led startup accelerator/incubator in Silicon Valley which was featured in CNN Black in America 4. Prior to NewMe he worked in media in Raleigh, NC for NBC17 and the News and Observer. In 2009 Wayne was the co-founder of TriOut, a mobile location-based startup in Raleigh, NC which exited. Wayne has worked with large brands, Inc 500 companies and advises several technology startups. With a passion for community, Wayne has organized Social Media Conferences, tech meetups, and hackathons such as the world’s first Food Hackathon, which assembled 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 as one of the 50 best technology and social media blogs in the world over the years.

Wayne is a past TED attendee in 2012. With a passion for education and storytelling, Wayne has spoken at several universities and major internet and technology-focused conferences such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, Duke, UNC, NC State, TEDx, World Wide Web(WWW) Conference, O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, South By South West (SXSW), DockerCon 2015 and for the U.S. Embassy Jamaica during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015.

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This is where my motorcycle journey began. In the early 1980s when I was a kid and my dad @willieesutton and mom @gwensutton would go on moto adventures together in NC. My dad taught me how to ride on this Honda 750 where we rode to work. I remember it took me a couple of tries and I was hooked.

Looking at this photo gives me joy and pride. Also grateful that my dad taught me how to ride! Appreciate it pops! I’m not so sure what riding gear they had in the 80s but it looks like @converse was in style and it was clearly summer time 😂. And my mom on the back smiling. YOLO. That where I get it from.

I had uncles who rode too. My mom also got her license and her own bike too a few years later. One of my sisters @janetysutton has her own bike too and several of my cousins ride. It runs in the family 😎.

Thinking back to my childhood to now unfortunately I didn’t see a lot of motorcycle riders like my family . Especially from early 90s to 2000s. As I got older I purchased a bike and was advise to sell it. The stereotype of what a motorcycle riders looked like changed and the perceptions of fear still runs in our society and culture around safety.
Today I’m glad to see the culture of the motorcycle world changing and to be part of that change. I owe that to my parents. ❤️
The adventure awaits, solo or together, two up or side by side. It’s ok . Just enjoy the ride!

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So... it’s winter. But where are we off to for our next adventure?
It’s hard to believe this was just last weekend. It feels like a month ago.
LA was on the list to ride to in 2020 for the original vacation trip to ride with @iamcaferacer . If that happens now at least we’ll both be on @triumphamerica 😎.
Only a small window left. Thanksgiving weekend or first or second week of December depending on the world, work and weather aka (www) 😎.
Thanks @revit_official for the gear keeping me safe and warm!

Stay safe, healthy and sane humans!

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What confidence, the struggle and anxiety sounds like. Last weekend I was doing what I never thought I would do. Take a 1200 scrambler 🏍 up 5k altitude through a series curves aka twisties on a dirt road alone. This was way different than when @changecatalysts and I road two 250s 🏍🏍 up 14k altitude in Hawaii mostly dirt. That was actually easier than riding the Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE in #tituscanyon . Still I made it and a week later the world seems to be in a better place. At least for today.
I didn’t realize how much I talked to myself until this video. 😂.
Also the heavy breathing at the end was a combination of an anxiety attack and not breathing the right way. I was told by the Dr to take long exhales and short inhales. I was going up in altitude and running out of breath. I stopped here for about 20min. Caught my breath, water, had a snack, 🚽 #1, and then started downhill after a curve or two . Adventure riding alone or solo having self awareness of when to take a break is 🔑. Also like life, you keep moving forward. Stay safe, healthy and sane humans!
One twistie at a time 😂
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Yes! #democracywins and whew! Now let’s get to January 20th! Congrats @joebiden & @kamalaharris ! 🇺🇸! #election2020 #bidenharris2020 ...

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Made it home but stopping here along the coastline pausing for a moment to enjoy the sound of the ocean was the icing of therapy for my trip. Especially before the anxiety of tonight and tomorrow. Reminder make time to do what you must to keep yourself sane!

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One of my favorite sections on the way to and from #deathvalley ...

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Just more views of #tituscanyon on Saturday. ...

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#mood today leaving #deathvalley view inspired by @itchybootstravel ...

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When the motorcycle universe serendipitously arranged a meetup. Today while leaving Death Valley, I stopped on the side of the road for a photo for the gram, water & a #1. Right when I was about to leave I see Tim ride by! Tim aka @fta_adventures is a big inspiration for a lot my motorcycle adventures. His YouTube videos on camping, long rides and doing @ridebdr opened a whole new world to me. Tim has also been very real about riding , anxiety and life. Another ++.
Last year we met offline at @excelsiorcoffeesf in SF when he left for his visit all the national park’s in America tour. Amazing how much has changed in a year.
Funny we both had a feeling we might or might not see each other as I saw Tim was in PCH via IG a couple of days ago and he saw that I was in Titus Canyon and he was headed to Death Valley.
This unexpected meetup just made my trip.
Great to see you Tim and safe travels. Until next time!
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