Video: Black In America 4: Soledad O’Brien interview: Silicon Valley vs my real hometown Teachey, NC


While doing interviews about CNN's upcoming Black In America 4 – Silicon Valley – The New Promised Land with Soledad O'Brien a few of the questions I'm often asked is what was it like living in the NewME Accelerator startup house, why go to Silicon Valley for the summer and what was it like living in Silicon Valley. It was also one of the questions that Soledad O'Brien ask me during one of our interviews.

One thing I don't think many people know is that even though I currently live in Raleigh, NC that I'm originally from a small rural community called Teachey, NC. Yes, Teachey.

1st Annual Blacks in Technology Entrepreneurship Week, November 6 – 13, 2011 Durham, NC

Originally posted on the SistaSense:

1ST Annual Blacks in Technology Entrepreneurship Week, Durham NC

November 6 – 13, 2011 Durham, NC – The 1st Annual Blacks in Technology Entrepreneurship Week holds promise like no other. The theme for this year’s event is “Changing the Face of Technology” and focus’ on NC natives and residents who are indeed changing the face and landscape of technology entrepreneurship. Katrina M Harrell in connection with 100 Urban Entrepreneurs of NC will honor six extraordinary minority innovators in technology and entrepreneurship:

  • Wayne Sutton and [...]

TriOut and Golden Corral “Cary” @GC_Cary launch check-in special and leadeboard contest

We're excited to announce two new location-based promotions with Golden Corral (@gc_cary).  The first is 50% off your meal at the Golden Corral Cary location by checking in with TriOut for the 1st 100 check-ins starting June 1, 2010.

Check-in Special, how it works:

  • Arrive at Golden Corral Cary
  • Check-in on TriOut
  • You'll see a special 50% off badge
  • Show the badge at the register (non-iphone users just show the check-in)
  • Your meal will be half-off
  • Limited to the first 100 check-ins

Leaderboard Contest:
The second is the TriOut check-in leaderboard contest.  Starting Monday, May [...]

Presentation: Using WordPress to build your brand & telling your start-up story from @WordCampRaleigh #wcraleigh

This past weekend I had the chance to attend and speak at WordCamp Raleigh @WordCampRaleigh. I think this was my fourth or fifth time attending a WordCamp event and my third time speaking at one. I must say by far that WordCamp Raleigh was the best one yet. The event was organized by Steve Mortiboy @wpsmort, Michael Torbet @michaeltorbert and Craig Tuller @craigtuller, along with a great team of volunteers. During the 2 day camp I met some awesome WordPress developers and speakers such as Syed @wpbeginner, Lisa Sabin-Wilson @LisaSabinWIlson, Dave Moyer @DaveMoyer and more. Also I had [...]

Case Study: Golden Corral “Cary” launches a location-based check-in iPad contest. Location-based marketing 101


As location-based marketing continues to catch on more companies are coming up with creative ways to attract customers. If you look at maybe 7 out of 10 examples of companies using location-based services I would say that restaurants are leading the way. Reason be that restaurants have a consistent traffic of customers walking through there doors but they also have the challenge gaining new customers and keeping their existing customers therefore making location-based marketing a perfect mix.

Last week we met with MMI Public relations to discuss location-based marketing opportunities for [...]

Is the future of location-based services that great or should they sell, sell, sell?

Remember this scene from the movie Trading Places?

Yesterday Ben Parr co-editor at Mashable wrote an article called "Dear Foursquare: This Is Not the Right Time to Sell" in which he discusses the uncertainty of the location-based industry and recent rumors of Yahoo buying FourSquare for $125 million. It's an interesting argument to make if the Foursquare team decides to sell or work towards being the "next big thing" as they have been called by so many industry leaders. In the post Ben highlights 5 factors to consider should Foursquare decide to sell or not: Those factors were:

  • [...]

Video: Dr. Jim Goodnight CEO of SAS on cloud computing, iPad, social media analytics & more. #SGF10



Yesterday at the SAS Global Forum in Seattle Washington, SAS launched their SAS Social Media Analytics product along with other announcements on the company's products and culture. The SAS Global Forum is the world’s largest gathering of SAS users, attended by more than 3,000 business and IT users of SAS software and solutions. During the forum I had chance to interview SAS's CEO Dr. Jim Goodnight along with a other members of the press. Watch the interview below as Dr. Jim Goodnight discussed his thoughts on Cloud Computing, SAS's new social media analytics product, handling data, the [...]