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 [...]

U.S. Venture Capital 2014 Year in Review Report

Are we in a bubble or not is the question on some LPs and venture capitalist minds. Regardless 2014 was record year in Venture Capital as $47.3 billion invested in 3,617 deals according to CB Insights. Today CB Insights released their U.S. Venture Capital Year in Review - 2014 report which you can download here.

Venture capital funding hit its highest annual mark since 2001 as venture investors participated in $47.3 billion across 3,617 deals. Even versus 2013, the past year was huge as venture capital skyrocketed 62% YoY due to multiple $500M+ mega-rounds while deal growth was more [...]

Diversity in Tech, What’s Next? Collaboration and Capital

Repost from my November 26th, USA Today ArticleWayne Sutton: Three questions about diversity in tech

Google kickstarted a movement among Silicon Valley and Bay Area tech companies when they released their diversity workforce numbers in mid-2014. USA Today has chronicled the many reports that followed from multiple tech companies this year, and hosted a series of interviews and events. The conversation about diversity in tech – from data to assumptions to unconscious bias – continues to grow as 2014 comes to a close.

My company, BUILDUP, is a new accelerator launching in 2015 focused [...]

Talking about venture capital, tech culture and sports with Glen McGowan, founder of Buckets Academy

Today I had a chance to meet Glen McGowan, founder of Buckets Academy. I was introduced to Glen via a mutual friend. Glen shared that he recently relocated to San Francisco from LA.

We talked about the Bay Area tech culture, fund raising, sports and how he's making an impact with Buckets Academy.

It was a great pleasure to meet Glen and I'm looking forward to following his journey in tech.

Interview Recap: The Impact of Startup Incubators / Accelerators and Why We Don’t Have More Women Who Code?

Orginally posted on BUILDUP.vc - The Importance of Accelerators / Incubators and Inclusion for Tech Startups

On Friday, July 25th I was asked to join Shraysi Tandon on CCTV America to discuss the role of technology focused startup incubators and accelerators. The interview was part of a story CCTV was covering on the launch of Grand Central Tech startup accelerator in New York.

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What is PitchTo and How Can Founders and Investors Use It?


Today I'm pleased to announce the public beta release of PitchTo. PitchTo is a dedicated platform for managing and rating founder pitches and provides a way for entrepreneurs to get feedback on their product or pitch.

While working with founders on their pitch deck either preparing for demo day or investor meetings I saw an ongoing theme. While in person feedback is great, founders would also like a better way to get feedback on their pitch from their network. Two more areas where I saw an opportunity for PitchTo is talking with investors about how they keep track of all their companies [...]