Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Change Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs. Change Catalyst is dedicated to exploring innovative solutions to diversity and inclusion in tech through the Tech Inclusion Conference, training, workshops and the Change Catalyst Startup Fellows Program. 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 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 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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Next Generation of Excellence, Achievement Award” via The Silicon Valley Black Chamber of Commerce
70 Bay Area’s top digital leaders to participate in the 70th Anniversary of the Signing of the UN Charter San Francisco
40 Under 40: Tech Diversity – Silicon Valley Event, San Francisco, CA
40 Diverse People In Tech Who Made Big Moves In 2015 – TechCrunch

THE SILICON VALLEY 100: The Coolest People In Tech Right Now – Business Insider
Meet The 52 Hottest New Stars In Silicon Valley – Business Insider
The 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology – Business Insider
Top 100 Most Influential Black People On Digital/Social Media – Eelan Media

The 25 Most Influential African-Americans In Technology – Business Insider
Blacks on the Brink of Greatness – BET.com
10 San Francisco Entrepreneurs To Watch – via YFS Magazine

2012 – 25-best-black-bloggers
The Inaugural BiT Top 10 Award Winners awarded at SXSW Interactive
2012 -Top 100 U.S. Social Media, Internet Marketing & SEO Blogs
Top 10 Social Media Blogs to Follow in 2012
Top Social Media Strategists to Watch in 2012

The Most Influential Small Business People on Twitter
20 Most Influential People in Social Media
2011 – Top20 Black blogs of 2011
21 Of The Top Black Social Media Influencers

50 Social Media Phenoms
Top 50 Social Media Blogs to revitalize your mind
MyMediaInfo’s Top Ten Technology Tweeps
50 Of The Best Social Media And Technology Blogs In The World
The Top 50 Social Media Blogs Of 2010
BrandMakers’s 25 Urban Entrepreneurs To Follow on Twitter
@BlackWeb20’s and @HP’s Top 50 Tech Tastemakers
Social Media Expert Interviews by Brian Carter
Top 20 Social Media Experts (Honorable Mention)

Social Media Thought Leaders – Who’s No. 1? (Just missed list)
100 Social Media Experts to Follow on Twitter
100 Smartest People in Social Media

Immediate Influence: 50 Most Powerful and Influential Men in Social Media

As Seen In


PRESS/As Seen In Articles

LA Times – Win or lose, discrimination suit is having an effect on Silicon Valley
of10Podcast – Episode: Wayne Sutton
Smashd – Entrepreneur Wayne Sutton is schooling the Valley on how to get more diverse
Exitevent – Increasing Diversity Requires Doing
Diverse Education – Meeting Google’s Diversity Challenge
Oakland Local – 24 Blacks In Tech You Need To Know
International Business Times – SXSW: Tech Needs More Than Talk To Fix Dismal Diversity Record
International Business Times – As Tech Giants Push For Diversity, Blacks And Latinos Are Fleeing Once-Diverse San Francisco
innov8social – [PODCAST] Interview with Wayne Sutton, General Partner and Co-Founder of BUILDUP.vc
Black Enterprise – The State of Diversity in Silicon Valley
Atlanta Black Star – 8 Black Techies Every Blerd Should Follow on Twitter
NextShark – New Controversial Startup Service Lets You Ask a Black Person Anything
Fusion.net – Here’s what happens when you text a startup called ‘Anonymously Ask A Black Person Anything’
Berkeley Technology Review – Debugging Diversity In Silicon Valley
Mother Jones – You Won’t Find Many White Dudes at This Tech Startup Competition
LA Times – Why are women leaving the tech industry in droves?
Tech.co – [VIDEO] How do you Get More Minorities Involved in Tech?
Tech.co – One-on-One with Top Mentors at SXSW: Mobile, Design, Growth
Fusion.net – The winners and losers of Washington’s vote on net neutrality
KQED – Got a Question About Race You’re Too Nervous to Ask? There’s an App for That
Tech.co – Ask a Black Person Anything, Anonymously
the Frisky – Anonymously Ask A Black Person” Is An App That Purports To Break Down Barriers When It Comes To Race
Madame Noire – New App Allows Users To (anonymously) Ask A Black Person Their Burning Questions
BE Monder Man – Wayne Sutton – Ask a Black Person’ Site Returns
Blavity – Ever Wanted To Ask A Black Person Something? There’s An App For That
3BC – [PODCAST] 3BC discusses the new service, “Ask A Black Person” and if they think this is a viable business.
JustKiddingNews – [VIDEO] New Controversial Service Will Let You Ask A Black Person Anything ft. David So
TechCrunch – The #ILookLikeAnEngineer Community Hosted One Of The Most Powerful, Inspiring Tech Events I’ve Ever Attended
Michelle Glauser – The Stories of the #ILookLikeAnEngineer Community Gathering
Jamaica Observer – Silicon Valley experts explore Jamaica’s tech entrepreneurial ecosystem
LOOP Jamaica – US Embassy celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week
US Embassy Jamaica – U.S. Embassy Kingston Celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week
USA Today – [PODCAST] – Uber’s suit, women risk takers, tech & concussions: podcast
TechCrunch – BuildUp Fellows Program Aims To Nurture Underrepresented Founders In Tech
WOC in Tech – “We can’t find any women of color in tech!” A guide to this weekend’s Tech Inclusion Conference
International Business Times – Why Silicon Valley Is Failing Miserably At Diversity, And What Should Be Done About It
TechCrunch – Dear Investors, Fund More Underrepresented Founders In Tech
International Business Times – Tech Diversity Gets Another Conference: Tech Inclusion 2015 Brings Google, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest
EBONY – 6 Companies Tackle Tech Diversity
African-American Cyber Report – Anonymously Ask A Black Person
TechCrunch – Pinterest Is Working With A Startup Called Paradigm To Foster Diversity
SFGATE – Twitter becomes second tech company to publicize diversity goals
TechCrunch – Developing Targeted Initiatives For Women Of Color In Tech
International Business Times – Tech Diversity: Accelerators Go After Women, Underrepresented Minorities For New Startup Ideas
Wall Street Journal Digital – #iLookLikeAnEngineer Wants to Move From Tweets to Billboards
San Jose Mercury News – Quinn: Ellen Pao, moving on, but not going away
Tech.co – My Date With Diversity at the Tech Inclusion Conference
Recode – #ILookLikeAnEngineer: What Happens After the Party?
The Daily Dot – #ILookLikeAnEngineer is not about looking—it’s about listening
Abernathy – Abernathy Man: Wayne Sutton

CCTV America – [VIDEO] The Impact of Startup Incubators / Accelerators and Why We Don’t Have More Women Who Code?
AT&T The Bridge – Four Black Techies to Follow on Twitter
Eelan Media – Top 100 Most Influential Black People On Digital/Social Media
USA Today – Jesse Jackson gets Silicon Valley to talk diversity
PayPal – [VIDEO] Paypal TV Commerical
MarketPlace – Blind spot: VC and minority business
AT&T – Changing the Community in 28 Days
AT&T – 28 Days Team Wins $20,000 for Outstanding Service in the Community
Madamenoire.com – Let’s Get Ready To Rumble! A Female Rapper, An Olympian, & A Tech Entrepreneur Go Head To Head For $20k!
KPOO FM Radio Interview – Black History Month Panel Interview
Rolling Out – Wayne Sutton named one of the 100 Coolest People in Tech
Rolling Out – Wayne Sutton, digital media master, works with AT&T 28 Days in honor of Black History Month
Rolling Out – Google Hangout with Wayne Sutton

USA Today – Minorities rush to Twitter, Instagram, smartphones
BET.com – Blacks on the Brink of Greatness
Wall Street Journal – Earvin “Magic” Johnson To Lead Powerhouse Line-Up Of CEOs At Entrepreneurs Conference In Columbus, OH
Inside Scoop SF – Food Hackathon looks to the future of food technology, colorful food searches and more
Xconomy – Food Hackers Cook Up a Storm of Startup Ideas in San Francisco
Business Insider – There’s a Racial Divide On Twitter And Instagram
Business Insider – The 25 Most Influential African-Americans In Technology
The Root – 25 Most Influential African Americans in Technology
Bloomberg Businessweek – Education, Mentors, Money: How to Boost Black Tech Entrepreneurs
The Root – Top Black Techies: The Gadgets They Love
Doubt The Doubts podcast Interview
Entrepreneur 2.0 Podcast Startup Guru Wayne Sutton has one of the top 50 ranked social media blogs how did he do it?
The Network Journal – Wayne Sutton Creates a New Valuable Digital Platform for Entrepreneurs
Ebony Magazine – Wanna e Startin’ Somethin’
Memeburn – Wearable tech is the future, but if it’s not cool I don’t care [MEF]

Mashable – How Do We Close the Diversity Gap in Tech Entrepreneurship? [VIDEO]
Black Enterprise Online – Black in America’: Wayne Sutton, One Year Later
Black In Tech Austin – The Inaugural BiT Top 10 Award Winners awarded at SXSW Interactive
TheRoot – 25-best-black-bloggers
YFS Magazine – 10 San Francisco Entrepreneurs To Watch
TechCrunch – The Search For Minority Entrepreneurs Is Over — Now They Need To Be Ready For Investors
ESPN – espnW Hack Day 2012 Wrapup
TechCrunch – 7 New Educational Startups Founded By Minorities in Tech
Diverse Mobile – The most interesting (and humble) brother in technology

News and Observer – Local tech entrepreneur makes his mark on CNN
CNN – Soledad O’Brien Chronicles Journeys of Black Tech Entrepreneurs for Fourth Black in America
Mashable – 3 Reasons Tomorrow’s Tech Industry Will Be More Culturally Diverse
CNNTech – Black entrepreneurs pitch their dreams to Silicon Valley
CNNMoney – 8 entrepreneurs diversifying the tech scene
The Network Journal – NewMe Accelerator Aims At African-American Technological Entrepreneurship
Wall Street Journal – MC Hammer To Minority Entrepreneurs: “Let’s Get It Started
Wall Street Journal – Y Combinator Success Leads To Copycats, Incubator Raiders
CNN.com – Marketers embracing QR codes, for better or worse
Black Enterprise Online – Diverse Startups Connect at SXSW Technology Conference
Black Enterprise Magazine – Featured in the January edition of Black Enterprise Magazine
Kentucky.com – Growing in popularity, QR codes can help your business grow
Raleigh entrepreneur and blogger Wayne Sutton joins TechMedia as Director of Digital
News14 interview: Foursquare offers ‘Super’ deals for football fans
Grind and Thrive – How Wayne Sutton’s Passion For Technology Helped Him Become A Big-Time Influencer
SmalllBiz Lady – Melinda Emerson – Do you have an idea for the next great tech start-up?

Web Pro News – Using Geolocation to Promote Your Business
Technorati: #28DaysofDiversity with Wayne Sutton
The Atlanta Post – Behind The Click: Wayne Sutton
Black Enterprise – Tech Insider: 4 Things to Consider Before Buying a Smartphone
WRAL – NBA owner, dot-com billionaire praises Triangle’s entrepreneurial energy
Perkett PR – Claire Russell and Wayne Sutton at IMS10 – Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA – Part 1 & 2
CNN Money – Steve Jobs’ big night at the Oscars
50 Social Media Phenoms

Fox News 8, Interview – Social Networking Etiquette
Huffingtonpost – Black Like Me? The Missing Faces in Technology and Innovation
HubSpot Marketing – Want to Build Your Brand? Share Your Content.
MyNC – How To Get Your Next Job
Web Pro News – How Social Media Could Haunt You

Social Media Rock Star – Wayne Sutton Interview
Immediate Influence – 50 Most Powerful and Influential Men in Social Media
North Carolina Startups – Social Media and Startups
FayObserver.com – ‘Twitter’ gains steam in Fayetteville
The Smak: 2 Guys & A Mic: TO Makeover
Triangle Stores – Citizen journalism and community building
NBC Nightly News – Watching Companies rise in 54 hours, ref Startup Weekend.



Quotes and recommendations:

Wayne is an enthusiastic and pragmatic entrepreneur. He’s built an incredible network due to his ability provide value to others and build trust. I have enjoyed working with Wayne during AgLocals days in the NewMe accelerator and have no doubt he will be successful in building Pitch.to.
Naithan Jones, CEO, Co-Founder, AgLocal

“Wayne is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs on the rise with knowledge and resources. He knows the ins and outs of the startup sphere better than most, and what he does with that knowledge day to day makes him a great guy to know and work with.”
Rachel Brooks, Founder, Citizen Made

:Wayne’s ability to think outside the box and find overlooked opportunities is unsurpassed.” , Teresa Savage, CEO & Co-Founder at Gift Caddie

“Wayne is hands down one of the most dedicated and balanced advisor/entrepreneurs I’ve met.”, Naithan Jones, CEO, Co-Founder, AgLocal

“Wayne was a great speaker and knows his “Social Media”, Doug Erickson

“ Most Impressive, informative. Wayne is am excellent speaker who gave us all valuable insight into the Social Media market. Our thanks to the Ty and the sponsors for having this meetup ” David Gray

“ I thought Wayne was great I think I definitely walked away with more info than I had going in. Thanks ”, Rhett King, DC

“Wayne Sutton exhibits a natural passion to connect people. A social media guru, Wayne understands technology and helps people apply tools to meet their overall objective. Wayne has truly won the respect of all those with whom he works.” Jeff Tippett, Outreach Strategist, Calvert Holdings, Inc.

“Wayne is a very energetic and hard working collaborator. He strikes a great balance between serving others and getting ahead. THIS is why I trust him completely. Plus he knows his social tech!” Brian Russell, Consultant, Yesh Design

Angel Investor Training 2012:

Astia Angel Training Program
2012 Bay Area Pipeline Fellowship Conference

Leadership, Community Projects:

Attendee – White House Demo Day – 2015
Co-organzier of Tech Inclusion Conference – 2015
BUILDUP Fellows Program 2015 – 2015
Co-lead a Diversity & Inclusion Workshop to Galvanize staff – 2015
Organizer – Startup Pitch Contest at PushTech2020 Conference with Rainbow Push Coalition – 2015
Advisor at Galvanize – Diversity & Inclusion Advisor) – 2015
Advisor at Astia Astia C-Suite Screening Committee – 2015
Advisor at Engine.is – 2015
Advisor at Qeyno labs – 2015
Mentor at SXSW for Tech.co – 2015
Lean Startup Conference Faculty – 2015
Attendee – White House/Kapor Center Workshop on Diversity in Tech – 2015
Attendee – Google for Entrepreneurs Diversity Data Roundtable – 2015
Judge – My Brother’s Keeper Hackathon (#MBKHACK) – 2015
Planning committee – PushTech2020 Conference with Rainbow Push Coalition – 2015
Mentor at Galvanize (x3 in 2015) – 2015
Judge Silicon North Stars Demo Day – 2015
Mentor at Maroc Startup Cup, Casablanca, Morocco – 2014
Mentor at Lean Startup Conference 2014 – 2014
Judge at Latino Startup Alliance 2nd Annual Global Innovator Summit – 2014
[VIDEO] Paypal TV Commerical – 2014
Mentor at Startup Weekend NEXT Bay Area
Mentor at AT&T 28 Days – Making History Happen – 2014
Coach at Startup Weekend EDU Oakland
Judge at Startup Weekend Black Male Achievement
Judge at Startup World : Global Grand Finale – 2013
Mentor at Startup Weekend EDU SF – 2013
Judge at Startup Weekend Bay Area – 2013
Mentor at CODE2040.org – 2013
Mentor at Hack//Meat Silicon Valley Food Hackathon – 2013
Startup Day on the Hill Participant – 2012
NewME Accelerator, Co-Founder, Partner – NewMEAccelerator.com – 2011 – 2012
BlackWeb 2.0 – Guest Contributor (2008 -2012)
The Social Geeks Podcast – Guest Host (2008 – 2012)
Triangle Social Media Club – President, The Triangle, NC (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) (2008-2010)
Ignite Raleigh – Event Organizer, (2009 -2010)
Startup Weekend – (Raleigh, NC) – Event Organizer, (2008-2009)
Triangle Tweetup Event Organizer, (2007-2010)

Hackathon Winner

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