Next Stop… Speaking in Jamaica and Puerto Rico Kicking Off Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015 is November 16th – 22nd and I'm excited to share that Melinda Epler and I will be sharing our entrepreneurship lesson learned, successes, failures and our passion for inclusion in all areas of tech entrepreneurship in Kingston Jamaica for the U.S. Embassy and in Puerto Rico for the H3 Tech Conference.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, [...]

Meet The First Batch of Startups In The BUILDUP Fellows Program

At BUILDUP our mission is to mentor, educate and connect underrepresented entrepreneurs in technology. To achieve our goal BUILDUP provides the following opportunities to underrepresented technology entrepreneurs:

A two week fellows program
Educational fireside chats with investors/founders
Entrepreneurship workshops

This year we've held two pilot programs to prove our hypothesis and show the need for such resources for underrepresented technology entrepreneurs . The first was a month long workshop and the second was the Fellows Program.

The BUILDUP Fellows Program is an [...]

I’ve Sold My Side Project Anonymously Ask A Black Person (AABP)

Sometimes side projects are meant to be side projects and sometimes they are meant to be more. For Anonymously Ask A Black Person (AABP) it's meant to be more. Then comes the question am I the person to lead Anonymously Ask A Black Person to be more. I've been asking myself that over the past two months as I've been working on the BUILDUP Fellows program and Tech Inclusion Conference.

From the beginning AABP was suppose to be a weekend hack/side project built out of frustration of lack of positive tech coverage in diversity in tech, built because I had an idea, built because I've [...]

My Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Story on Steve Blank’s SiriusXM Radio Show

Steve Blank is a legend in the startup world. Steve is the creator of the Lean Startup movement, author of Startup Owners Manual and Four Steps To The Epiphany. I first met Steve in 2012 as he advised the very first pilot of the Startup Weekend NEXT program. Then we participated on a panel together at Stanford in the same year. Our friendship began after that. In 2014 I asked Steve to be an advisor to BUILDUP. BUILDUP is a U.S. based 501(c)(3) non-profit designed to support an inclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurs focused on building new technologies to solve the world’s most critical [...]

Anonymously Ask A Black Person Passes 3K SMS & Featured In Just Kidding Films Generated 5k Pageviews in 48 hours

Since relaunching Anonymously Ask A Black Person the traffic and SMS we receive come and go. Somes days we get one or two and others we can get up to 10 to 20 sms messages. Late Thursday night, my phone started to receive tons of notifications of inbound SMS and and Slack notifications as I had build a way for users to Anonymously SLACK A Black Person too.

The traffic came from the team over at Just Kidding Films who created a real and funny video about the service. Just Kidding Films youtube channel has 1,218,438 subscribers with 473,503,697 views. After I realised the video was the [...]

Measuring Anonymously Ask A Black Person First 10 Days; 1,050 SMS Messages with Twilio & 16,497 Pageviews

To say it's been an interesting and emotional ten days is an understatement since I built Anonymously Ask A Black Person (#AABP). Today makes an official ten days the platform has been actually live. Time will tell the overall impact and value, one thing we do know Anonymously Ask A Black Person is sure starting a lot of conversations around why or why not it should exist or is this good or bad for the world.

Regardless, let's look at some numbers of the first 10 days using Microsoft Power BI, Twilio and Google Google Analytics. Twilio recently announced "Twilio Monitoring Within [...]

Anonymously Ask A Black Person First 3 Day Numbers; 4900 Page Views, Top 5 Show Hacker News & Tons of Penis Questions

“You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.
- Morpheus


Friday May, 29th 5pm - June 1, 11:59pm Stats
SMS Questions Received: 230
SMS Questions Sent: 262
Page Views: 4970

The quote from Morpheus above is what I posted in the slack group to the team answering question on Anonymously Ask A Black Person. We’re up to 10 Brilliant Black People from across the country. The team is 7 guys, and 3 women. We have [...]