Wayne Sutton

Wayne Sutton with Bell Bullitt Helmet

My Riding Story:

My dad taught me how to ride a motorcycle when I was a teenager in North Carolina on his Honda 750. Since then I’ve had a drive for all vehicles that are fun and fast, from go-karts to mopeds and motorcycles. After learning how to ride my father’s Honda I purchased my first bike after college, a Yamaha Virago from a coworker. I kept the Yamaha for about 7 years before selling it, conforming to society’s assumption of getting wiser doesn’t include two wheels. After moving to San Francisco in 2012, a client I was doing web development work for let me keep his 2010 Ducati Monster for a year. While traveling through San Francisco streets on two wheels, I met my soon to be wife Melinda Epler. Together we started to explore HWY1 and the nearby Bay Area Mountains. After returning the Ducati Monster to its owner, Melinda and I rode electric scooters for a couple of years in San Francisco as our primary means of transportation. Realizing our need for faster speeds and to spend more time outdoors, Melinda and I purchased two Ducati Scramblers in January 2018. I purchased the Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle. Together Melinda and I enjoy long and short rides up and down the California coastline, through the city streets of San Francisco and the famous roads of Bay Area with plans for longer touring rides as our journey continues.


2017 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle
Wayne Sutton Ducati Scrambler
Wayne Sutton Ducati Scrambler


Led Front Lights
EvoTech Headlight Grill
Dart Flyscreen
Plastic Dip + 3M vinyl for Dart Flyscreen
Rear Rack
Helmet Lock
Bar End
Bar End Mirrors
Gas Tank Cap
iPhone Holder
USB Cable for charging
USB extension splitter
Wrist grib
mirror nubs


Hellment: Bell Bullitt Helmet
Jackts: Sait.cc
Hand warmers


Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Hwys to ride: Hwy 29 and Hwy 130 near Mt. Hamilton
Height: 5’8
First motorcycle: 1991 Yamaha Virago xv920
Other hobbies: Working out, writing, movies, walking
Work: Co-Founder, CTO at Change Catalyst
Favorite Quote: “Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious…and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ― Walt Disney Company

Professional Bio

Wayne Sutton
Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Change Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs. Change Catalyst builds inclusive tech ecosystems through strategic advising, startup programs and resources, and a series of events around the globe. Sutton’s experience includes years of establishing partnerships with large brands to early-stage startups. As a leading voice in diversity and inclusion in tech, Sutton shares his thoughts on solutions and culture in various media outlets where he has been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. In addition to mentoring and advising early-stage startups, Sutton’s life goal is to educate entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world.

Wayne has over 14 years experience in technology, design and business development. Wayne has been recognized as one of the Silicon Valley 100 coolest people in tech, one of the 52 hottest new stars in Silicon Valley, one of the 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology by Business Insider and one of the Top 100 most influential black people on social media in 2014.

In 2014 Wayne co-founded BUILDUP, a non-profit designed to support an inclusive ecosystem of entrepreneurs through educational workshops and fellows program for underrepresented tech founders. In 2011, Wayne co-founded the NewMe Accelerator, the first minority led startup accelerator/incubator in Silicon Valley which was featured in CNN Black in America 4. Prior to NewMe he worked in media in Raleigh, NC for NBC17 and the News and Observer. In 2009 Wayne was the co-founder of TriOut, a mobile location-based startup in Raleigh, NC which exited. Wayne has worked with large brands, Inc 500 companies and advises several technology startups. With a passion for community, Wayne has organized Social Media Conferences, tech meetups, and hackathons such as the world’s first Food Hackathon, which assembled leading food innovators, chefs, developers, designers and entrepreneurs to collaborate on solutions in the food ecosystem.

Wayne has been featured on CNN, BBC, USA Today, TechCrunch, Mashable, Black Enterprise, and various online media outlets. Being an early adopter Wayne was one of the first 1000 users on Twitter which as lead to a loyal following not only on Twitter but Facebook and Google+. His blog SocialWayne.com has been ranked one of the 50 best technology and social media blogs in the world over the years.

Wayne is a past TED attendee in 2012. With a passion for education and storytelling, Wayne has spoken at several universities and major internet and technology focused conferences such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, Duke, UNC, NC State, TEDx, World Wide Web(WWW) Conference, O’Reilly Web 2.0 Expo, South By South West (SXSW), DockerCon 2015 and for the U.S. Embassy Jamaica during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015.


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