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Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and 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 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 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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#cousins ❤️ Micah #son and Alana #niece @janetscarter daughter ...

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#Micah at 9!
Monday is his bday. Dude is getting big but still amazing! ❤️👦🏾
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Still chasing sunsets 🌅 in 2020. I’m ✈️ today and knowing 🌧 is on the way. I snuck out for a short ride to Thornton State Beach overlook. It’s becoming one of my favorite locations. @changecatalysts found it coming back from one of our adventures last year. It was cloudy but still beautiful. We have to come back and go on a hike here when the weather warms up & it’s clear! Going to see my son, Micah in NC this weekend. Cute 👦🏾 photos on the way!
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*Announcement** Excited to share today, I'm an ambassador for NEXX @nexxnorthamerica Helmets!

I've had my 👀 NEXX helmets for a while and late last year I purchased the NEXX XG100 Racer Billy B Helmet to match my Ducati Scrambler keeping with the black and yellow theme 😎. The XG100 has been my go-to helmet since then. I've been surprised at how quiet and warm the NEXX helmets are! Little did I know what would come next. When NEXX reached out for me to be an ambassador I was like yes! Then they sent me the X.WED 2 PLAIN adventure helmet. This helmet is awesome! So much visibility!

Also, I'm now an ambassador for REV’IT! @revit_official @revit_adventure @revit_urban gear too! True story, REV’IT! pants were the first motorcycle jeans I've purchased in 2018. Since then I’ve gone full adventure mood and have ridden thousands of miles in full on REV’IT! Gear!

Both NEXX & REV’IT! are two brands I've been using and tagging on IG just because I've been a fan of their products. It's great to partner with NEXX and REV’IT! in 2020!

Thanks, IG friends/community for the support, tips, and advice over the past two years.

Here's to more fun adventures! And check out their gear! #NEXXLEVELRIDER #HELMETSFORLIFE

Also don’t mind the Elk in the background chillin watching the sunset from my weekend ride to Point Reyes.😎
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When you trying to see if you look as cool as you feel when riding a 🏍. 😎🤷🏾‍♂️. Happy Monday! I wanted to see what my 💡 looked like too while riding. More from yesterday’s ride later. I rode to Pierce Point Ranch, past Point Reyes yesterday for some amazing views of the coastline and elk. 🏍
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When sunsets are like this... you sit back and enjoy the view. Then you haul 🍑 because it’s still winter and it gets cold 🥶 quick! This was the first ride with my new @NEXXNORTHAMERICA X.WED 2 helmet yesterday. I was surprised with the visibility and quietness of the X. WED 2! I’m looking forward to more sunset 🌅 views, longer days and warmer temps... soon! Also... MOOD
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#tbt to a just a couple of weeks ago when @changecatalysts and I rode two small Honda 250s 🏍🏍 to the South Point "Southern most point in the USA", Island of, Naalehu, HI 96772. We did a lot of off roading on our vacation trip and now have the bug! Also didn’t know the Southern tip was in Hawaii. Before we got to this location we saw a lot of people in cars park and walk but by this time we were feeling confident on the little bikes and went for it. The ride was fun and the views ... amazing! .
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We had an incredible trip to Hawaii over the holiday break, definitely a trip of a lifetime. This was one of the key moments.

We left our cabin on Kilauea Volcano, rode through the misty volcano jungle terrain there, past Hilo at sea level, and headed on the pass between Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea Volcanos, both about 14k feet tall covering a good portion of the Big Island. We stopped to put on a few layers, going from about 85 degrees to 65 or so, then headed to the Mauna Kea Visitors Center at 10k feet.

That was a lot for these little 250cc bikes. There were signs warning about altitude sickness. And everyone told us only 4x4s were allowed beyond the visitors center. But when we went inside, they didn’t *exactly* tell us we couldn’t. So @waynesutton & I kinda hummed and hawed & decided we’d go until we couldn’t go anymore.

Right after the visitors center the pavement ends. It turns into a 17% grade. It’s sand and gravel and steep.

We kept going, and going. We had our bags on these little bikes, street tires (zero tread), and the clearance on mine was only a couple inches. At one point, I kept sliding and couldn’t move - I wasn’t heavy enough to get out of a sandy patch so Wayne gave me a push. Then he struggled to get going at the same point. But we kept going and kept going.

At one point about a mile from the top, the pavement restarted. So weird and felt good - traction! And WE MADE IT.

We made it to the top, climbed from sea level to 14k ft!!! One of the tallest roads in the world.

We read later it’s also one of the most dangerous roads in the world.

It was freezing. Like literally low thirties. I was afraid of getting frostbite and Wayne was showing signs of altitude sickness, so we didn’t stay up there very long. But we made it. No falls, all the way up and down.

We never saw another motorcycle, it was 99% jeeps up there. On the way down the Park Ranger (in his F150) saw us and stopped to take a photo of us. Don’t think they see many little sport bikes making the trek! 🤣

It was an accomplishment, and it was beautiful. This mountain is truly magical. It’s no wonder it has so much cultural significance for Native Hawaiia
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Back riding these amazing Bay Area twisties with @changecatalysts ok our @scramblerducati 🏍🏍 ...

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