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 [...]