“I’m new to tech...”

This past Tuesday, we had the Good for PoC Launch event here in New York City and it was a blast. We had a fantastic panel of speakers and some great questions from the audience. One question I didn’t get to ask the panel “how can one break into tech?” Interestingly enough, this is something my friends and I talk about a lot.

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Announcing Good for PoC

For the past month and a half, I’ve been working on a special project with my two close friends, Jacky Alciné and Catt Small.

On June 7, 2016, we’ll be launching Good for PoC (People of Color). Good for PoC is an online database that helps people of color find safe and inclusive tech companies to work for. Think of Good for PoC as the friend you go to when trying to learn more about a company during your job search.

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Not a Black Chair

I originally posted this experience on Medium, but was asked to make changes to the story.

After much careful thought and consideration (and the fact that the story exists in entirety on the web before I was asked by Medium to modify it), I’ve decided that I’d like for this experience of mine to live in entirety on my space on the web (sans modification).

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Failing forward

Growing up, I was a huge perfectionist. I needed to get straight As (because “Bs” on my report card obviously stood for “Blemish”, while “As” stood for “Awesome”). As an adult, I’m much better, but my perfectionism gets the best of me more often than I’d like to admit.

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A stuck creative

For me, being creative can sometimes feel trying. There are days when I don’t want to do anything. There are days when I think I’m not good enough. There are days when I worry about my work being seen. And there are days when all three of these emotions make me feel like Atlas.

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The Bold Creative

By nature, humans are creative. As children, we have no problem creating work that expresses who we are. But as we grow older, we’re taught that being creative is “bad.”

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Fear as water, fear as fuel

It was the spring of 2006, and like all procrastinating seniors in high school, I nervously thumbed through college pamphlets. I was on the hunt for the perfect college. For me, perfect meant “good enough” for someone with “okay” SAT scores, “okay” grades, and “okay” extracurriculars. Oh, and it had to be as far away as possible from the terribly provincial New Jersey town I was cursed enough to reside in.

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Separation of brand and product

Have you ever experienced the pain of using a fantastic product that had off-putting branding? How about the opposite? Have you ever used a terrible product that had brilliant and beautiful branding?

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Choosing honesty

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending an event where the keynote speaker’s topic of choice was “candor.”

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What’s your value?

I’ve met many entrepreneurs (new and seasoned) who shift uncomfortably when I ask that question. They haven’t really thought about it as much as they should have–“we’ll figure it out later.”

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