The Future Of Black Tech Leaders – 2/15 NY Panel with AOL BUILD

It’s a sad truth that African-Americans are extremely underrepresented in the tech industry. Many of today’s top tech companies have a workforce that is less than 5% African-American, and only 2% of venture capitalists are black. African-Americans influence the world's culture; they lead conversations on Twitter and Facebook, and they are part of a diverse population that tech companies should be focusing on to stay relevant in the innovation economy.

My life's mission is to educate and inspire entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world—especially [...]

The Obvious Reason To Focus On Minority Entrepreneurship To Create The Tech Workforce Of The Future

I would hope the world knows the tech workforce is lacking real diversity and inclusion. But just in case you haven't seen the numbers, it's something like this: Women make up an average of 11%, Latinos an average of 1% and African-Americans an average of 2%. Here's more data via Forbes and Fortune. Nothing that is nearly close to the US population. While shockingly to me is that many tech CEOs, investors, and engineers are still asking the question; why does this even matter or what is the real business case for diversity and inclusion. That's for another post

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Podcast: My Interview With Steve Blank On Entrepreneurship, Minorities In Tech and Accelerators

In November 2015 I had the chance to be interviewed by my friend and mentor Steve Blank as a guest on the Entrepreneurs are Everywhere radio show. The Entrepreneurs are Everywhere show airs weekly on SiriusXM Channel 111 (airing weekly Thursdays at 1 pm Pacific, 4 pm Eastern.) Steve is the creator of the Lean Startup movement, author of Startup Owners Manual and Four Steps To The Epiphany.

The show follows the journeys of founders sharing their experiences of what it takes to build a startup – from restaurants to rocket scientists, to online gifts to online groceries and more. The [...]

Why Underrepresented Entrepreneurs Don’t Have To Worry About The Looming Tech Bubble

We are not in a tech bubble, we are not in a tech bubble, we are not in a tech bubble, but the overall financial market will change being impacted by these three variables; the concern of a new president, more startups are taking longer to go public and the current state of public tech companies in the market. Various Silicon Valley tech investors have debated over the last year if we are in a tech bubble or not. Tech press/media has been keeping the bubble hype conversation flowing.

Last week a great article was published on Oz titled "What's Eating Silicon Valley" and challenges [...]

How To Embrace Being An Introvert Entrepreneur

A term introduced by the psychologist Carl Jung to describe a person whose motives and actions are directed inward. Introverts tend to be preoccupied with their own thoughts and feelings and minimize their contact with other people.

If you were to ask me if I was an introvert vs extrovert before 2015 I would have said I'm an extrovert. I have spoken at over 100+ tech meetups, conferences and events. I've organized conferences that has 1000 plus attendees and attended large events such as SXSW and CES with over 50K attendees. I've been active on social media before it was called social [...]