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I’m James, I’m On Mission Helping Others #BossUp As Technology Entrepreneurs & Creating Products That Matter!

I Am A:

I have been obsessed with Technology and the Internet since I was 15 and dial up modems were in.

Currently I consult various technology startups in regards to building communities, social & digital media strategies and lean methodologies. Need help with any of this, shoot me a message!

Entrepreneurship:

Always looking for a way to learn and add value, I quit my high paying tech job and Co-Founded The Phat Startup. I started interviewing some of the biggest thought leaders in technology like Gary Vaynerchuk, Ben Horowitz and many more in hopes of educating and inspiring other minorities to build businesses in the technology world.

By leveraging Lean Startup Methodologies, and showing the correlation between Hip Hop and Entrepreneurship The Phat Startup was able to build a massive email list, write books, created a podcast, hold sold out events all over the country and helped inspired thousands of minorities to do the impossible.

Tech808:

With The Phat Startup’s success, my co-founder and I decided to challenge ourselves even more. We noticed that technology conferences were boring, weren’t relate-able to minorities and full of people leading press release style talks.

So we decided to change that by creating TECH808, a tech conference aimed at minorities who wanted to hear REALACTIONABLE tactics from founders that not only were successful but looked like them.

We held 4 sold out Tech808 conferences around the country and were featured in publications such as USA Today, BET, Hot 97, Black Enterprise, Tech Crunch, Fast Company, Blavity, and many more!

All Video Footage Can Be Seen Here

Writing:

I love to write and read! Here you will find a mixture of lessons learned in EntrepreneurshipFamily and Hip Hop.

I co-wrote a guide called “How To Grind Like Diddy”

Other Info

I was born and raised in the South Bronx section of NYC.

I am 36 years old but look like I’m 18.

I love investing in the stock market, and real estate.

I coach my 9 year old son’s basketball team and wouldn’t trade it for anything in this world!

I hold a Bachelors Of Computer Science from Lehman College and a Masters Of Science in Telecommunications from Pace University.

Previous Employers:

Verizon- Systems Admin
Lehman College- Network/Systems Admin
Harlequin Enterprises – IT Coordinator
SciMedMedia- IT Administrator
Random House INC- Network/Systems Analyst