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 [...]

Tech Inclusion Conference – A Call For Speakers On Solutions To Tech Diversity and Inclusion

I'm pleased to announced on June 12th-13th I'm co-organizing the first Tech Inclusion conference and workshops in San Francisco.

As technology continues to affect every sector of business and innovation, there’s a growing concern for the lack inclusion across the tech ecosystem: from the pipeline to the boardroom to Capitol Hill. Entrepreneurs, corporations, education facilities, policy makers and investment firms are all ready to do something about it. The Tech Inclusion workshops and conference will provide a safe, informative environment to explore comprehensive answers.

As [...]

My Favorite Instagram Photos from The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference in Columbus, OH

Last week I had a chance to attend and speak at the annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference in Columbus, OH. It was my third year in a row speaking and attending the conference and my first time visiting Columbus, OH. Like the previous two conferences I had an amazing time. The quality of the content was great along with the receptions, parties and meeting new people along with catching up with old friends.


My topic for this year's conference was Taking Your Small Business Mobile, which you can see my [...]

Taking Your Small Business Mobile – Presentation

Presentation Description
Black Enterprise Entrepreneurship Conference Bootcamp Description

BE Small Business Success™ Boot Camp A- Small Biz Go Mobile
Hosted by Dell
Look alive, soldiers. Boot camp is in session! Learn the drill on taking your small business mobile with the latest technology, productivity tips and more!

How to pitch a startup – Be really good or really outrageous?

Going back to my startup weekend days, reading about Startup America and other conferences and groups trying to help launch the next big thing, I've been thinking about how to pitch a startup. Last week the Launch Conference was held in Santa Monica, CA as one of those events helping startups. It was organized by Jason Calacanis. While there was a lot of hype around the event and everyone waiting to see various startups pitching at the conference to an awesome group of investors one startup pitch stood out over the rest. That one startup pitch was by domo. You can watch the video [...]

16 trends I’ve noticed from marketers attending recent geo / location-based events

Flickr Photo By ashley.adcox

Over the last few weeks team @TriOut (@LawPower, @GreggVM and myself) have been on what seems like a location-based check-in speaking tour. All three of us delivered talks at the NCTech4Good conference on non-profits and location-based applications and yesterday we spoke at the inaugural Marketing Mondays at the RTP headquarters. Two weeks ago TriOut Founder, Lawrence Ingraham spoke at a NC New Tech meetup to a group of VCs. My list of recent speaking opportunities have been focused on location/geo/TriOut as well.  From giving an overview of  what is [...]

Where did October go? Traveling, speaking, panels & conferences, oh my! Speaking in 2010?

If you walk in local malls in the Raleigh, NC you'll already see Christmas decorations and I'm like where did October go and it's not even Thanksgiving yet. But seriously where October go? Here's a list of events I participated in the month of October and beginning of November. It's like a flash to me.

Photo credit:RealTimJones
October 1- 4 - IzeaFest, social media and marketing conference,  as a panel moderator
October 7 - Triangle Social Media Club as co-organizer

Photo credit should read: (cc) Cameron Gawley - www.buzzshift.com
October 14- 20 - BlogWorld, Panels: Social Media, the bad [...]