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