2015 In Review: Hundreds of Entrepreneurs, A New Tech Conference, Diversity Progress, Awards & Good People

The first Monday of 2016 is almost over. As I think about 2015, many would say it was a great year for me personally and professionally. Personally I would say yes, I'm healthy, Melinda and I are happy, my family is well back in NC and my son will be five years old this year. Professionally I would say last year was a building and growth year. At BUILDUP we achieved one of our main goals that we set out to accomplish when we first started in 2014 and held our first fellows program with 6 startups. BUILDUP also held two fireside chats, hosted a month long entrepreneurship workshop series and a [...]

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, [...]

A Talk on Why Black Leaders Matter In Tech At SXSW Interactive 2015

SXSW Interactive 2015 will be held from March 13-17th and I'm excited to speaking on the topic "Why Black Leaders Matter in Technology". This will be my seventh time speaking at SXSW in the last eight years. The session will be held on Saturday, March 14th at 9:30am. Yes, that means don't party to hard on Friday night.

If the title looks familiar, that's because the talk is inspired from my USA Today article I wrote with the same title, "Wayne Sutton: Why black leaders matter in technology".

Below is the full session description:

The Why Black Leaders Matter in Technology SXSW [...]

Video Recap from The Wall Street Journal Office Hours With The Accelerators

Friday I joined fellow Wall Street Journal Accelerators to participate in the first online office hours. During the officer hours we would answer questions from the viewers about what it takes to launch a startup, finding a technical cofounder and more. We used spreecast to host the live video chat. If you missed it, you can watch the recap below.

In this  Spreecast video chat from Friday Nov., 16,  Alexa Hirschfeld, co-founder of Paperless Post, talks about where she finds inspiration; Ben Huh, CEO and founder of Cheezburger Inc., offers tips for finding a suitable co-founder; and  [...]

Let the SXSW Voting Begin! You Should Start Here! #SXSW #SXSWi #SXSW2013

It’s that time of the year to vote on your favorite 2013 South by Southwest (sxsw) Interactive Festival Panel Topics.. This year SXSW reports there were over 3200 speaking proposals submitted. For newbies the voting process works this way:

  • Public voting only accounts for 30% of the decision-making process on your proposal.
  • SXSW Advisory Board (40%)
  • The input of the SXSW staff (30%).

Voting on SXSW panels ends Friday, August 31 (11:59 PM CST) and on October 15, the first batch of topics will be announced.

SXSW is one of those must attend events that I recommend anyone in the [...]

Video: Watch Innovation Nation: Startup Success Panel with Mario Armstrong #bialive

Sunday after CNN's Black In America 4, Silicon Valley Mario Armstrong hosted an Innovation Nation: Startup Success Panel in Baltimore, MD. I had the opportunity to participate along with my NewME Accelerator house mate Hank Willams. It was a great event but if you missed it, watch the video below.

Watch live streaming video from marioarmstrongshow at livestream.com

A big thanks to Mario Armstrong for inviting and hosting [...]

Amazing opportunities: I’m Speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus Conference & Web 2.0 NY – Thank You

Last year I hinted around in a few blog post that I was done speaking at tech conferences for a few reasons. One being my first child was being born in January. Two, felling a little burnt out having speaking over 60 times in the last 4 years. Three, I wanted to focus more on doing what I love pre-twitter (2006) and before the web went social media crazy and that was entrepreneurship and launching my own startup. Four, being a little tired of the lack of diversity in web/tech/social, etc. Fast forward to today I've done most of that by only participating at SXSW 2011 and being on a panel at [...]