Postponed! Ethical Tech: The Next Wave in Social Activism with Todd Buelow

Flywheel Coworking - 500 W 5th St., 8th Floor Winston-Salem, 27101 - View Map
Fri, Jul 24, 5:30 PM (EDT)

About this event

The internet can be a scary place. Child predators, election interference, homelessness, and resource over-use are just a few of the big issues we're now facing as we come to terms with the changes that the internet and Big Tech has brought to our society. We'll explore what lies ahead with Todd Buelow, entrepreneur, investor, and social activist.

Over 20 years of experience managing digital products and serving as a catalyst for growth. Before founding Dualboot Partners, Todd was a founding member of Elogex (Sold to One Network Enterprises), Bella Tunno, Cloud Logistics (Sold to E2Open), and Castle Digital Partners.

Todd is a tech investor and is active in social change. He serves on the boards of Speedway Children’s Charity, American Football Without Barriers, Charlotte Rescue Mission, and Bounce Out the Stigma. Todd lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Michelle and daughters Riley and Ella.

What is Ethical Tech?

The 2010s were the decade of Big Tech. We saw record profits, acquisitions, and tech billionaires, all based on new services that made our lives more enjoyable. Streaming movies and music, social networks, and the gig economy disrupted the status quo. Smartphone market penetration in the US went from 20% in 2010 to 72% in 2020.  We now wield an amazing amount of technology in our pockets, leading to better access to information, an incredible array of services, and, hopefully, a better quality of life. Riding a wave of economic prosperity, we largely ignored the darker side of this boom: tech giants causing homelessness and exploiting labor, rare metals mined in China and the geopolitical implications, data privacy, disinformation and fake news, artificial intelligence favoring Caucasians over People of Color, and human trafficking. And this list is not exhaustive.

"We are called to be the architects of our future, not its victims"
—Buckminster Fuller

Ethical tech is a response to the issues that many feel can no longer be ignored. New groups are popping up to address these issues, from Duke University's nonpartisan research initiative to the Ethical Tech Collective, along with companies focusing on solving the problems. Duck Duck Go is a privacy-first search platform taking on Google. Fairphone makes smartphones that improves the conditions of the people who make them and source more environmentally friendly materials. Bark is an Atlanta based startup that monitor's kids online presence to detect threats and alert parents. 

What will the new decade bring? Yesterday's solutions are today's problems, and the tech space is ripe for ethical innovation.

Introducing our Executive Wine Appreciation Program

Taste great wines and have fun, too.

Wine fluency comes in handy in a wide variety of professional scenarios and represents an important area of executive refinement. Knowing the essentials or at least some of the basics is a matter of business etiquette. Failing to have such knowledge can make you feel less confident and possibly vulnerable to certain etiquette mistakes in various professional contexts.

The good news is that the learning experience can be easy and fun and you’ll get to have some good wines, too. 


  • Facts to know about certain wine regions
  • Key characteristics of various grapes and wines
  • How to confidently pair wine with food
  • Discussion of iconic wines that you should recognize
  • Review of wine etiquette essentials

How It Works

The first three sessions will be coupled with Startup Grind events. Join us for just the Executive Wine Appreciation Program or stay for the Startup Grind program as well. Each session will build on the last, and you receive a digital micro credential upon successful completion of the full course. The fourth course will be paired with dinner at a Winston-Salem restaurant and feature a Blind Tasting Championship. The winner will receive a wine club membership from a selected wine retailer (a $360 value!). is built on Open Badges, the leading standard for digital credentials. It contains three sets of verifiable, detailed metadata, including information about who earned the badge, who issued the badge, and the criteria required to earn it. You can add your badge to your LinkedIn or list it on your resume. 

About W. Michael Buckovich

As an avocation, Mike has been in the wine game for 30+ years. The fun part of that has been both participating in and coordinating 100’s of executive wine tasting events in Richmond, Miami, Ocean Reef, Chicago, Bordeaux, Paris, New York City and Winston-Salem. He’s also been involved with various wine clubs, winery start-ups, B2C and B2B wine platforms and assisted in funding other wine/beverage based businesses.

Part of his passion for the category is introducing individuals to all the things fun, interesting, and educational around wine and wine/food pairings. While he’s not a Somm, you’d never know it. This particular Wine Appreciation Program is being offered to increase a person’s confidence around wine while in the pursuit of executive development and who knows…funding, partnerships and client development.


  • Todd Beulow

    Todd Beulow

    Dualboot Partners

    Founder and Principal

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  • W. Michael Buckovich

    W. Michael Buckovich

    Vertical Curve


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Friday, Jul 24
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)


Flywheel Coworking
500 W 5th St., 8th Floor Winston-Salem27101

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  • Peter Marsh

    Peter Marsh

    Flywheel New Ventures

    Winston-Salem Director

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  • Adrian Smith

    Adrian Smith

    Startup Grind


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  • Andrea Howell

    Andrea Howell

    Flywheel Coworking

    Winston-Salem Chapter Team Member

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  • Keyla Ferretiz

    Keyla Ferretiz

    Marketing Coordinator

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