Description of my first year in San Francisco and in Startups
Created by hadiyahdotme on Aug 2, 2011
Last updated: 08/02/11 at 01:01 PM
Picture.ly, our startup that was created at Startup Weekend has made its way to Chicago for techweek. Pretty excited about the debut.
Having so much fun in startup land! Founded a networking community, and two web projects. I'm learning more than I have ever learned at work. Going to work seemed more of a distraction from my real "work." Decided it was time to quit. Gave my job notice, went to part-time, but due to contractual obligations will remain with my company until 8/31
After 3 weeks, the group that I met at Railsbridge releases a web app called Urban Posse. The web app is designed to ease the room search. The site is still in development, but a basic functional site in released. Yeah, we know, the UI needs work.
Thanks to the Ruby meetup, I was able to take a Railsbridge class on Ruby. Railsbridge focuses on teaching programming to Women or other underserve communities. I met an awesome group of people at the class. So, awesome, we deicide to work on a web app together.
We hosted our first meetup. Expectation was to have about max 10 entrepreneurs in the room. First event, we met over 20 black entrepreneurs looking to connect. After the first meetup, we've scaled to hosting two events per month, and plans to expand to additional cities.
Through Chris, I met a few other brown people. He also shared his experiences with me since being in the valley. One Sunday night, Chris pulls together myself, Monique, and Nnena, with the purpose of starting a networking group for blacks in startups.
Attended my first startup networking event. A little nervous, since I was only at the idea stage. Room was largely white male, found some females and was largely welcomed. In our female huddle, we shared some quick experiences, a quick pep talk, then broke to conquer the room. I also met 1 other brown person that night, Chris, who became my co-founder.
Dumped boy. Wasted a couple of months. Geared up to refocus on learning about startups and launching a startup
Finally sold car. Having a car in the city was a major headache.
Met a boy on my 31st bday. Became distracted. Hence, no real progress over the next couple of months
Already a Stanford dropout. I will be a success. Full-time job and crazy commute proved to be too much for studies. Planning on re-enrolling in Jan 2011.
Decided it would be best to take a Grad CS course to sharpen my skills to prepare for launching a Startup
Two weeks in San Francisco, received about $300 in parking tickets. Rethinking the whole car thing
Found a cute studio in the city. Afterthought: didn't realize it was such a long commute to my job in SouthBay
First day at new workplace
After a requested company transfer, I arrived at corporate housing on August 5. Requested a company transfer to the bay to learn more about Startups.