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Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference: Who’s Who: Brand Camp U CEO Hajj Flemings

The Gokit co-founder and brand strategist shares why the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference is a can’t-miss event.

Flemings took a few moments to talk with us about the importance of personal branding,…

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Nike Embraces the Interactive Era

The sportswear and equipment giant reveals it’s more than the “just do it” slogan and Swoosh logo in the digital age

With Nike’s digital focused division expanding to include more employees and moving into a larger…

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Where are all the women at in the startup world?  If you read most articles about tech startup founders, you’re probably under the impression that only men create mobile apps and launch successful tech companies. Women only make up 35% of startup owners, according to a Kauffman Foundation article published last year. And when it comes to tech startup business owners, an estimated 5% are female.  

While the tech world is overwhelmingly male, you can’t ignore the female innovators giving male startup owners a run for their money. BlackEnterprise.com tech columnist Hajj Flemings has compiled a list of women from all walks of life influencing the startup space.

11 Women Who Are Changing the Tech World

While the tech world is overwhelmingly male, you can’t ignore the female innovators giving male…

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Uber App Allows Passengers to Secure Taxi Service Instantly

In a year’s time, a California-based startup revolutionized low-end luxury car transportation

Powered by a mobile app, available on the iOS and Android platforms, San Francisco-based startup…

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The JOBS Act: Acceptance of Crowdfunding Provision Likely to Increase Startup Growth

With crowdfunding a concern of JOBS Act critics, see what makes the capital funding method viable

The JOBS Act has received support from lawmakers and startup advocates, as well as disapproval…

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New Siri Features


I love the current Siri TV ads by Apple, and, quite frankly, it is the only place the personal assistant software seems to work.  All jokes aside, it will be interesting to see Siri on new iPad. Here are some of its enhanced functions:
--Users will be able to post Facebook updates and send tweets with their voice.

--Siri has partnered with Yelp, OpenTable, Rotten Tomatoes, and sports score updates ranging from the latest scores to stats and schedules.

--The software assistant will continue expanding globally with its new language support, which will now feature Spanish, Italian, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese, and optimize languages in 15 countries. 

Apple is working with automotive manufactures to launch “Eyes Free,” a new feature that will allow a car to bring up Siri voice control. Nine auto manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Toyota are working on this implementation with plans to incorporate the technology in the next 12 months.

WWDC 2012: Apple’s iOS 6 Boasts Over 200 New Features & Enhancements

At the 2012 World Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote on Monday the technology company unveiled the…

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ADD ALL YOUR SOCIAL PROFILES, ESPECIALLY FACEBOOK 

Everyone has a Klout score automatically generated from Twitter, which serves as the primary account. Up to 12 social media profiles can be linked to your account, with at least 6 more being added in the near future. Including more profiles creates a clearer picture of your brand’s total social impact, especially if your strongest platform is not Twitter. 

Tip: Adding Facebook significantly improves your score, more than adding other platforms.

Two Weeks Later, What Mark Zuckerberg’s IPO Move Means for the Future of Tech

How will the social network’s IPO impact the tech startup space?

Facebook has 901 million users, a value estimated at $111 billion per user. With reported…

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TWITTER:   I know that this is probably an obvious one, but how do you really engage with Twitter? Do you use it as a personal tool to connect with others? Promote your business? Both? Do you need a personal and business account? I would say, it all depends. I have one account for me personally, which I also use professionally. When my new book, Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right, is published in April, I will be using another account for book tweets only. I want to make sure that those messages go to people who want data on youth marketing specifically. So the moral of this story is, know your target market. Your tweets will have a greater impact if you’re really focused on who you’re trying to reach.

3 Reasons You Should Use Separate Twitter Accounts

Tech columnist Hajj Flemings answers the new-age question of whether or not employees should have more than one social media account

With lines being blurred far too many times than people would like to admit, BlackEnterprise.com…

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Money, Power and Technology: How Floyd Mayweather Became a Social Media Heavyweight

The famed boxer has spread his brand beyond the boxing ring, amassing an online following that rivals tech heavyweights and influencers

With accounts on various social media platforms, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. has spread his brand…

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OnLive Desktop Brings Microsoft Office to Your iPad

Forget your high-performance PC! OnLive lets users access essential documents straight from their mobile device

The OnLive Desktop mobile app has recently launched in Apple’s iTunes Store and the Google…

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The Growth of Instagram: Your Picture Is Now Worth a Billion Dollars

The popular mobile application has experienced a surge in its user base

With Facebook’s Instagram acquisition still the topic of conversation in the tech space, here’s a…

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Detroit Bankruptcy Turns Spotlight to Business Development

Digital Renaissance: 3 Signs Detroit Is the Next Tech Hub

The former automotive center is quickly becoming a go-to tech destination

Detroit is shaking things up a bit, taking its creative roots and recreating a space…

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You’ve Been Warned: Prepare to Hand Over Your Facebook Password

Social media has blurred the line between personal and professional. Ask yourself: Are you ready to willingly turn over your username and password?

Some employers are taking it one step further; demanding candidates provide their Facebook login information.…

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The 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival, widely-known as a hub where ground-breaking technology, music, and independent film intersect, has come to a close. Both SXSW newbies and seasoned festival attendees descended upon Austin, Texas last week to get their interactive and multimedia fix, soaking up the latest trends and getting a sneak peek at some of the newest tech, music and film offerings. Staying true to our editorial mission to showcase entrepreneurs and technology experts of color, BlackEnterprise.com presents Faces of SXSW, a photo gallery highlighting tech enthusiasts and innovators who attended the annual gathering.

#BlacksInTech: Faces of SXSW

Staying true to our editorial mission to showcase entrepreneurs and technology experts of color, BlackEnterprise.com…

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Gokit founder Hajj Flemings poses for a picture at his startup's launch party held at this year's SXSW Interactive Festival (Image: Winston Ford)

SXSW 2012: Hajj Flemings Officially Launches Tech Startup Gokit

A year after conceiving Gokit at South by Southwest, the founder officially launched his startup in front of a who’s who crowd of black digerati

Tech entrepreneurs and friends gathered at Copa Bar and Grill to mark the launch of…

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BEST DOCUMENTARY OF 2011:

CNN’s Black In America 4: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley. This documentary chronicles the journey of eight entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley in an industry where less than 1% of venture capital (VC) backed startups have African-American founders.

SXSW 2012: Revisiting CNN’s ‘Black in America: The Promised Land – Silicon Valley’

Participants from Summer 2011 class of NewMe describe their experience and provide updates on their progress

CNN’s Black in America / Silicon Valley: Aftermath was one of SXSW’s most anticipated panels…

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Austin Locals Welcome Black Startups to SXSW

Dell and Austin's Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce (CCAACC) host pre-SXSW welcome reception to kickoff the annual festival

The Capital City African American Chamber of Congress kicked off a pre-South by South West…

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The Future of Black History: Web Entrepreneur Angela Benton

The serial entrepreneur dishes on what inspires her, and the future of NewMe and Silicon Valley

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to Black Web Media Founder Angela Benton about her success in tech, who…

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The workplace is changing fast. Technology is changing even faster. Are universities keeping pace with either one? Is the U.S. moving fast enough to train and educate a workforce to compete in a global economy? The pressure to innovate within corporations and in small businesses has never been greater. The shift from industrial age thinking to an adaptive, digital, innovative culture will not just be the responsibility of the employer but the employee as well. The real question is: How fast are you changing?

In the U.S. workforce we are trained to think methodically with antiquated processes and tremendous uncertainty in the economy. We have experienced decades of success in industrial thinking and an education system that has been out paced by its foreign competitors. Are we now victims of our own success? What does this mean for the U.S. workforce? Here are four changes in the new economy workplace. —Hajj Flemings

4 Changes in the Workplace That Effect How You Do Business

Being tech savvy is no longer a choice but a means of survival in the workplace

Today’s workplace is all about being tech savvy, if you plan to be successful in…

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While most people are shutting down for the holiday season, this is not the time to rest on your laurels. This potential break should be used as a time for entrepreneurs to strategize on how to succeed in the New Year. This is the perfect opportunity to plan ahead and create a competitive advantage. To get things on track here are five tech tips that all entrepreneurs should be thinking about in 2012. —Hajj Flemings

5 Tech Tips for Entrepreneurs Heading in to 2012

What every business owner need to know to be prepared for success in the New year

As we head into 2012, now is the time for entrepreneurs to upgrade their business…

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All [a Tech Guy] Wants For Christmas is…

Tech expert Hajj Flemings lets you scan his Christmas wish list for inspiration

What do you get the techie who has everything for the holidays? Here are some…

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Making Gangsta Moves in the Innovation Economy

Creativity, persistence, capital and connections will drive the advancement of high-growth African American businesses

What’s needed to maintain forward momentum for the emerging digerati? You guessed it – capital.…

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‘Black in America’ Dives into Silicon Valley

Soledad O'Brien examines the problems and promise of blacks in technology

Soledad O’Brien examines the problems and promise of blacks in technology

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20/20 Vision Forum: Create Your Own Job and Reinvent Yourself

Black Enterprise teams with Walmart to help African Americans gain an edge in today's tech-driven, global job market

Our 20/20 Vision Forum: Job Creation and Career Opportunities in the Next Economy, one of…

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Do you want to become the next Seth Godin, Steve Jobs or Daymond John? First you’ll need some pointers to help establish yourself as a thought leader in the era of digital technology. One disclaimer: having a blog does not make you a thought leader just like having an iPhone will not make you think like Steve Jobs.
	In the end thought leadership has the ability to translate into revenue in the Web 2.0 world for infopreneurs (entrepreneurs who generate their revenue by creating content). The typical streams of income for thought leaders/infopreneurs come from creating products and creating experiences, like writing books, speaking at conferences/events, and creating other content products. Following Black Enterprise’s 20/20 Vision: Job Creation & Career Opportunities in The Next Economy with Wal-Mart in Los Angeles, CA earlier this week, this article will help individuals understand how to use digital technology, content curation and branding as a thought leadership strategy. —Hajj Flemings

5 Ways to Establish Yourself as a Thought Leader

In a tough economy some can find a second career as a thought leader in their passion

Positioning yourself as a thought leader can earn you extra money and a brand new…

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I had the pleasure of attending the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Phoenix Award Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 24, 2011. While there I got the opportunity to meet (or interrupt depending on how you look at it) NBA player Dwyane Wade (@DwyaneWade) and his actress girlfriend Gabrielle Union (@ItsGabrielleU).  Based upon my experience, I wanted to provide some helpful tips on how to properly interrupt a VIP’s dinner plans with technology. —Hajj Flemings

7 Steps to Crashing a VIP’s Dinner With Technology

Just like an elevator pitch, you only have a matter of seconds to get someone's attention

Just like an elevator pitch, you only have a matter of seconds to get someone’s…

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During the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference, Congressman Hansen Clarke of metro Detroit hosted a panel entitled, “Social Media and Entrepreneurship” on September 23, 2011.  One of the action items from the panel was to create a ‘Social Media + Entrepreneurship Resource List’ that entrepreneurs could use to grow successful businesses.  Below, you will find a comprehensive resource list of third party apps, blogging, financial, calendar, and mobile tools that entrepreneurs can utilize immediately. —Compiled by Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton

36 Top Social Media & Online Tools for Entrepreneurs

The best social media tools to grow your business

Tech experts Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton compile a comprehensive list of tools and resources…

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Every small business owner should position his or herself as a thought leader in their industry or arena of business. Launching a business blog can be an important part of any successful entrepreneur’s business strategy to help meet their business goals. The Internet is driven by links and every blog post is a unique listing in Google, so it’s time to establish social proof of your business acumen by blogging. While blogging has been around for a while some don’t know the intricacies of being successful at it. Here are eight basic tips to get you started on the right track. —Hajj Flemings

8 Blogging Basics for Small Business Owners

Starting a blog is only the first step, here's what you need to make it a successful business

Blogging has become an important part of promoting a business. Here are key steps in…

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Smartphone’s are changing the way college students order textbooks, purchase gas and experience the world. In a technology-driven society, these devices can be educational and lifestyle tools that use and share data in very cool ways. Mobile apps can help tech savvy students with data discovery that enhances their college experience inside and outside the classroom. Just in time for back to school season, here are six great apps that can help complete basic tasks and enable busy college students to track, capture, and pull data from anywhere to be more productive. —Hajj Flemings

6 Mobile Apps Every Busy College Student Needs

Every college student is on a budget and these apps can keep your pockets and health on track

College students are always on tight budgets and deadlines, these simple mobile apps can alleviate…

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11 Ways to Protect Your Smartphone From a Thief

Make sure the personal info on your phone doesn't fall into the wrong hands

Losing your cell phone nowadays could cost you more than a few numbers, be sure…

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Brand Identity: How to Centralize Your Identity Online

Social media can be overwhelming, here's how to simplify things without losing your audience

From Twitter and Facebook to LinkedIN and Ning here are a couple sites that can…

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8 Mobile Apps That Will Increase Your Business Productivity

There's no telling when and where business can happen, so make sure these apps are downloaded on your phone

Take your business to the next level and on-the-go by being sure to optimize your…

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Coworking: Having a At-Home Business Doesn’t Mean Working Alone

BE technology columnist Hajj Flemings tells how coworking spaces are changing how and where work gets done

BE technology columnist Hajj Flemings tells how coworking spaces are changing how and where work…

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In the span of just five short years Twitter has not only changed the way people communicate, but also how we do business. From aspiring entrepreneurs and major corporations to celebrities and everyday people, everyone seems to be tweeting and RTing. While some view the social media portal as just another technological distraction, others are using it to make contacts, forge relationships and gain access to information that otherwise would have been unattainable through normal channels. Still, with a reported 145 million registered users (including @BlackEnterprise and our staff of thought leaders) it can be a chore to sift through the Twitter chatter to find the right people to connect with. Well, BlackEnterprise.com has the 4/11 on 11 key people you should follow on Twitter if you’re serious about business. RT that!

4/11: 11 People You Should Follow on Twitter Now!

If you're serious about business in the 21st century these are a few people you need to connect with ASAP

If you’re serious about business in the 21st century these are a few people you…

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Brand strategist Hajj Flemings is the founder of Brand Camp University, which runs one of the premier personal branding conferences in the Midwest, and the author of The Brand YU Life: Re-thinking Who You Are Through Personal Brand Management, a Fast Company magazine 2008 Readers Choice Business Book of the Year. As the program ambassador for the Michigan Tech Online MBA program, Hajj recruits and manages the social media content for the program. He has been featured on Fox 2 News, ESPN.com and BusinessWeek.com and travels nationally speaking on business and personal branding, social media and career development. In his own words, Flemings shares how he uses social media to achieve his business objectives.--Alfred Edmond Jr. There is a tremendous amount of value in social networks, but most people get caught up in trying to get as many people to follow them as they can without a clear strategy on why and what they will do with them once they have them.  I am active online for the following six reasons: 1) build brand awareness, 2) engage potential customers, 3) build my network before I need it, 4) listen to others, 5) share my ideas and 6) to demonstrate expertise in my niche.

Social Media Connection: The Pros & Cons of Doing Business Online

Entrepreneurs and professionals on social media and how they connect

This week’s Social Media Connection is brand strategist Hajj Flemings, the founder of Brand Camp…

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