How to introduce yourself when making cold calls & emails to build valuable relationships

flickr photo by By marc falardeau

I guess this is a good/bad problem to have but since the Black In America 4 showing on CNN, emails and phones have been flowing in like crazy. A lot from entrepreneurs pitching their ideas, or entrepreneurs looking for a designer, developer or just help get started (See NewME Community for help) . Other calls and emails have been from people wanting to know more about NewME Accelerator. A few have been from investors or Venture Capitalist and then there are the feedback calls and emails saying you should do this or that. In the mix of it all, there's [...]

Video: Watch Innovation Nation: Startup Success Panel with Mario Armstrong #bialive

Sunday after CNN's Black In America 4, Silicon Valley Mario Armstrong hosted an Innovation Nation: Startup Success Panel in Baltimore, MD. I had the opportunity to participate along with my NewME Accelerator house mate Hank Willams. It was a great event but if you missed it, watch the video below.

Watch live streaming video from marioarmstrongshow at

A big thanks to Mario Armstrong for inviting and hosting [...]

26 things Black In America 4 didn’t show you last night during my summer in Silicon Valley

Posted Yesterday: Update title from: Black In America 4, Silicon Valley spoiler alert! 26 things to keep in mind while watching #blackinamerica tonight

Black In America 4 spoiler alert, spoiler alert! (not really)but Black In America 4 airs tonight 8pm on CNN. The subtitle is Silicon Valley, the new promise land narrated by Soledad O’Brien. The base of story about Black In America 4 is the NewME Accelerator which I help plan/organize with Angela Benton and also as a participated in as an entrepreneur. CNN heard about the project via a Wall Street Journal Article and the rest I guess you [...]

Vouch – demo day slide deck and video pitch

Vouch Demo Day pitch:

Vouch Demo Day Slide Deck:

Wayne Sutton co-founded Vouch in July 2011.

What is Vouch?
Vouch is a unified platform that allows people to share recommendations of others in their networks.

The status of Vouch
I'm currently learning new programming languages to build, design and launch a beta version of Vouch by the end of first quarter 2012, along with preparing to work with the NewMe Accelerator 2012 class. I'm also working on my first book, which is about closing the digital divide.

Dear Mr. President Barack Obama, see what had happen was… Explanation of my Black In America 4 comment about not putting money in my pocket

Tomorrow is the big day. CNN Black In America 4 airs about the NewME Accelerator and our experiences in Silicon Valley. If you have seen any of the preview trailers/commercials you can tell there are some very controversial, intense moments. You have the whole Michael Arrington situation and personally there my comment/rant where I mention President Barack Obama. Let me explain the "CONTEXT" of the situation.

First here is what I said,

It's very sad, it's 2011 and we have a black President … AND, he's not putting no money in my pocket right now directly, so what do we got to do? Play [...]

CNN’s Black in America 4 offers GetGlue limited-edition Check-in stickers

It seems CNN is going all out promoting Black In America 4. Expect to see @Soledad_OBrien live tweeting, plenty of Facebook status updates and more. Yesterday CNN announced that viewers watching Black In America 4 can pre check-in and check-in with GetGlue for limited-edition stickers.

GetGlue is offering limited-edition stickers for the next installment of CNN’s Black in America.

Before the premiere of The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley on Sunday, Nov. 13, GetGlue users can ‘check in’ to unlock exclusive stickers.

CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien  [...]