As cofounder of Brick City Tech Meetup, Newark native Anthony Frasier has been a leading light among the city’s technology and entrepreneur classes for years.
Frasier was the winner of a startup competition featured on CNN’s “Black in America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley” in 2011. He later merged his tech and entrepreneurship skills to cofound a successful venture — The Phat Startup — which started as a series of hip-hop inflected startup seminars and conversations with leading entrepreneurs; has been widely lauded and reported on by the mainstream business and tech press; and blossomed into a media company that produced a successful series of traveling entrepreneurship workshops named “Tech808.”
Frasier took the best of what he learned along the way and distilled it into a book that is aimed at young black entrepreneurs yet also relevant, he says, to all aspiring founders. The book, named Don’t Dumb Down Your Greatness, will be released on March 22.
“This book doesn’t have all the answers, but it has all the ones the young me needed,” Frasier wrote in a blog post announcing the book. Although his experience has been concentrated in the tech entrepreneurship space, Frasier said his book will still be useful for current and aspiring entrepreneurs whose interests lay far afield of technology. The book cites his own experience, the experiences of entrepreneurs he’s met, and is grounded in research data as well, he said.
Frasier said he has been approached by major publishers about authoring a book (which is no surprise — to date he’s already been featured in a commercial by one of the most well-known brands in the country), but he said those same publishers weren’t interested in publishing a book about this particular topic, so Frasier decided to go independent and publish the book himself. “It will be available in print, on Kindle, Nook, and as many stores I can get it on!” he said in his announcement. He told us the book will be “definitely just the first of many.”
Frasier said he’ll be holding engagements about the book around Newark, and that details are to be announced.