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I’m Speaking At Women Interactive

No, I am not a lady (I hope that’s obvious by now), but I support all aspiring and seasoned women digital entrepreneurs, so when I was asked by the organizers to be a panel guest for this year’s event, I was down for the cause.

For those who don’t know, Women Interactive is a yearly creative technology festival held on the campus of Spelman College. The two-day event that caters to women of color who produce or share digital content. Whether you run a blog, digital magazine or YouTube Channel, or work in the digital space as an student, teacher, or media professional, Women Interactive provides the space and opportunity to network, learn, and inspire with like-minded people.

This year, I will be in the house as an panelist for the Workshop/Tech Talk entitled: “Blogging: Turning Your Lifestyle Into a Business”. While the “BrothaTech” brand is still a work in progress, I’d like to think I have some knowledge to impart being in the digital media game as a blogger, freelance writer, and now small business owner. So I am truley grateful to share the stage with other professionals giving the “Low down” on what it takes to grown as a digital entrepreneur.

So if you’re in the Atlanta area, be sure to come hang with a host of smart and intelligent Sistahs…and a Brotha or two, Friday-Saturday, November, 8-9th on Spelman College.

Special Bonus: Receive Half-Off Saturday’s Admission by attending the free Kick-off event at the Microsoft Store in Lenox Mall Friday evening, November 8th (RSVP Here).

For More information and general admission tickets, visit WomenInteractive.net

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ULGA Young Professionals 5th Annual Entrepreneur Boot Camp – I’m Speaking

Urban League of Georgia Young Professionals Entrepreneur Bootcamp SpeakerFor the past year or so, I’ve started to spread my wings and sign up for more speaking gigs. On a chance, I reached out to the folks at the National Urban Leage of Georgia and gauged their interest on a session for one of its upcoming events about “Choosing the Right Tech for Your Business”.

See, the one-day event is the ULGA Young Professionals 5th annual Entrepreneur Bootcamp and its focus is to give participants guidance and training from key leaders in the metro Atlanta business community during workshop sessions, where they will discuss various aspects of business ownership.

Based on my research, they have a nice line-up scheduled for the event covering topics including (but not limited to):

  • Legal and Tax Considerations for the New Entrepreneur
  • Creating an Effective Business Plan
  • Funding Your New Dream
  • Building a 501c3
  • Brand Development
  • Staff Management
  • Time Management
  • Public Relations

I figured “Hey, small businesses and entrepreneurs need to know what technology is out there to help them with their business, so my session idea sounds like a good fit”.

So I shot out an email via the event contact page and kept it moving. Shortly, after, an event organizer reached out and not only wanted me in the building, but after a look at my site, decided that I should sit on the event’s “Entrepreneur’s Roundtable”, discussing creating a niche market for your business with other dope Atlanta entrepreneurs.


So to all my Atlanta budding entrepreneurs, those looking to take you business to the next level, or if you just want to come out and support a Brotha, be sure to be in the house on Saturday, August 3rd for the Young Entrepreneurs Bootcamp.

The group just gave the lowdown on 100 free registrations using the promo code “EBCFREE” via the Eventbrite page. But hurry, it’s first come first serve so don’t procrastinate.

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The Weekly Electronics Keynote…Report for Friday, May 17th 2013

The Google I/O Conference and all its goodness pretty much took over the tech news this week…And there was a ton of information that spilled out from the event. I try to condense it down into understandable chucks.

There were also a couple of additional stories that happened this week as well…I think

Take a look:

Google and Samsung team up to announce a stock Samsung Galaxy S4

  • No manufacturer skin or carrier bloatware
  • Completely unlocked
  • Buy directly from Google (non-subsidized) for $649 in June

New Google+ features

  • New version has iPad-like multi-column layout
  • Beefier image editor
  • Availiable now
  • Google is “All in” with its social network

Smarter Voice-enabled Google Now mobile search

  • Understands human dialect (talk more naturally)
  • Can speak back responses
  • Coming Soon

New Google Maps desktop features

  • Indoor “mapping” from images
  • Uses Google+ and Zagat to spit out additional location information (reviews, etc)
  • Available in the summer

Google Glass adds more apps

  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Evernote

New Google Hangouts Messenger Service

  • Unified messaging (ios, Android, web)
  • Combines Google+ Hangouts, Google+ Messenger and Google Talk
  • Missing voice/audio note features
  • Does not integrate sms (future update)

BlackBerry Announces cross-platform BlackBerry Messenger

  • iPhone and Android smartphones (no tablets at launch)
  • Too little too late? Or is BlackBerry looking at Plan B (Software As A Service)

YouTube Live Lets Channels with 1,000 plus subscribers live-stream content

  • Accounts have to be in good standing
  • Skip over using Google+ Hangouts on Air to get live content to YouTube

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine invest $70 Million in USC start-up program for students

  • Program that blends business, marketing, product development, design & liberal arts
  • Will offer scholarships and give students the ability to create pitch startups and create business prototypes
  • More celebs investing in tech vs. clothes, clubs, drinks, or headphones, wait…
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The digitalUNdivided START ATL Symposium – Start and Grow Your Digital Business

More and more people are looking to get into digital media as a way to advance as an entrepreneur. Whether it be by leveraging the web to promote their physical goods and services online, or developing online software to create the next tech startup.

When deciding to launch the next big thing in tech, the often talked about “Digital Divide” prohibits some urban entrepreneurs from gaining access to valuable information and resources necessary to take their business idea from concept to completion. That’s where organizations like digitalUNdivided steps in to “bridge the digital knowledge gap” with programs and projects around the county.

Their latest event is in my backyard, so I thought I’d share with you the START Conference that’s geared towards entrepreneurs looking to take their ideas, skills, and work ethic to the next [digital] level.


“The goal of START ATL is to give urban entrepreneurs the vital tools necessary to create successful tech-enabled companies” said Kathryn Finney, Managing Director of digitalUNdivided. She along with other notable experts will be sharing their tips during the all-day interactive symposium in Atlanta.

Additional information entrepreneurs can expect to receive are ways to raise money for your business and the opportunity to network with venture capitalists, how to build a web or mobile app with little to no tech/coding knowledge, and the opportunity to pitch your idea to investors for a chance to win prizes, business coaching, and receive funding.

The all-day event will take place Saturday, April 13th at 9am in Atlanta at Spelman College. to get tickets, visit START ATL on Eventbrite (Early-bird tickets end TODAY).

For more information and if/when this event makes it to your neck of the woods, visit the digitalUNdivided website or follow them on Twitter.

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Celebrate Your Story With Verizon for Black History Month

Celebrating your story - Verizon InsiderThe “Celebrating Your Story” campaign by Verizon is an opportunity to spotlight and (of course) celebrate prominent and influential African Americans in various fields, professions, and walks of life.

To commemorate Black History Month, The campaign is honoring nine inflentials in entertainment, technology, sports, film and lifestyle by highlighting their stories in a series of video vignettes to learn how these nine individuals relied on their inner strength and used technology to help them reach their dreams.

The pioneers and innovators this month are:

  • Jill Scott
  • Navarrow Wright
  • E. David Ellington
  • Jeff Henderson
  • B. Smith
  • Will Packer
  • Robert Townsend
  • Lia Neal
  • Maritza Correia

Be sure to check out more videos on the Verizon Wireless Insider site. There is also an opportunity win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) by playing the Pioneer and Innovator Trivia Contest.

There’s still time to celebrate our story by honoring those who inspire you and learn how technology can empower your innovations. Be sure to check out the Celebrating Your Story campaign all year round to for more initiatives by Verizon to support the African American community.

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Black Founders HBCU Hackathon Tour Hits ATL

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If you’re an AUC college student (if you don’t know what the AUC is, this post is not for you here is a Wiki link) and you have an idea for an app or startup, The Black Founders Hackathon Tour @ Black Colleges hits Atlanta Friday, February 8th at Hypepotamus.

The 24-hour event is geared toward African-American college students enrolled at historically black colleges and universities in the Atlanta area who want to:

  • Network and receive mentoring
  • Learn more about mobile app development and the startup culture
  • Group up with other attendees to create a mobile app in 24 hours
  • Win cash & prizes

If addition to competing in the event, sponsors will be in the house looking for talent to possibly join their teams as interns or full-time employees. Even if you don’t know how to code and just want to get involved with the movement (Like I do), all students at any university are welcome to attend (I’m a little too old #Womp).

For more information and details on how to register:

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