The Struggle is where greatness comes from – Post Accelerator, Rejection and Venture Capital

Now I could let these dream killers kill my self-esteem
Or use my arrogance as the steam to power my dreams
I use it as my gas, so they say that I'm gassed
But without it I'd be last, so I ought to laugh
-Kanye West, Last Call

Post Accelerator Motivation
Its Monday, October 22nd, 2012 and I am feeling motivated and encouraged. I’m pursuing my entrepreneurship goals fresh out of YCombinator Startup School this past weekend. I had this same feeling earlier this year after attending my first TED conference in Long Beach. Now starting to hit my stride in San Francisco after spending a few [...]

Going back to Cali … NewME, Startup Dreams and To Change The World

"Going back to Cali, Cali, Cali..." Yesterday was a bitter-sweet day. I'm excited, nervous, sad, happy, out of my mind, but motivated. I've moved to San Francisco. It was a tough decision but with everything going on and my future plans, dreams and goals it's the best move for life today.

I've been a long time geek, entrepreneur, blogger, designer and then some and my long time dream was making it big in Silicon Valley. Until last year I never thought it would be possible but then NewME Accelerator happen and that changed everything. I think back to 2009 while planning and giving my first [...]

Dear Mr. President Barack Obama, see what had happen was… Explanation of my Black In America 4 comment about not putting money in my pocket



Tomorrow is the big day. CNN Black In America 4 airs about the NewME Accelerator and our experiences in Silicon Valley. If you have seen any of the preview trailers/commercials you can tell there are some very controversial, intense moments. You have the whole Michael Arrington situation and personally there my comment/rant where I mention President Barack Obama. Let me explain the "CONTEXT" of the situation.

First here is what I said,

It's very sad, it's 2011 and we have a black President … AND, he's not putting no money in my pocket right now directly, so what do we got to do? Play [...]

Anthony Frasier and Tiffani Ashley Bell are the new face of Black Startups

Great post from Curtiss Pope, CEO/Founder of Aislefinder a NewME Accelerator startup participate about Anthony Frasier founder of Playd where he calls Anthony the new face of Black Startups. If you're wondering why, wait until you see Anthony in Black In America 4 on Sunday. Here's an excerpt from the post.

 

I remember going over to the NewMe startup house ,and almost each time I was leaving; talking with him about a range of things: girls, music, tech, gaming, the new things he was learning about Silicon Valley.

Over the course of the summer, I started noticing things about [...]

One week until CNN Black In America 4, Silicon Valley – Everything changes after this or does it? #blackinamerica



We're exactly one week away from CNN's Black In America 4, Silicon Valley - The New Promised Land hosted by Soledad O’Brien that airs Sunday, November 13, 8pm EST. There's a lot of hype around the document with all of the back and forth race/diversity talk that I'm still disappointed about. Out of the eight entrepreneurs in the house I think I'm the last one to see one of the pre-screenings but that will change this week as I'll be in Detroit with Hajj Flemmings on a few panels for pre-screenings and BrandCampU.

Regardless, I think it was reported that some 4 million people watched the [...]

AisleFinder a NewMe Accelerator startup raises angel round & launches new partnership with TaskRabbit


As the saying goes, and then there where three! Leaked via Twitter last night and now public information, AisleFinder which enables shoppers to quickly and efficiently find the items they want to buy within grocery stores announced they have raised an angel round. Curtiss Pope, AisleFinder, CEO doesn't disclosed how much the company has raised but he tells the story about how and why he raised fund for AisleFinder in a post called Money Talks. From the Facebook announcement Curtis says, that" Aislefinder will use the funds to take care of some things, and also achieve some milestones over [...]

BeCouply, a NewMe Accelerator startup receives Pre-Seed Investment from Kapor Capital

Today it was announced that BeCouply, the mobile app that helps couples have epic social lives received Pre-Seed Investment from Kapor Capital. This is the second startup that participated in the NewMe Accelerator that announced they have raised capital. OneSchool was the first as reported in the Wall Street Journal.

As reported on BlackWeb 2.0:

BeCouply just received a pre-seed investment by Kapor Capital.

“We’re making a pre-seed investment in BeCouply to enable them to complete development work on the product, said Mitchell Kapor. We think the team has identified a social network [...]