2014/Stop Crying in the Bathroom and Start Your Own Business
The tech industry has a ‘diversity problem’ and companies are courting women, people of color and other marginalized people as the pressure mounts to hire someone besides 24-year-old cis, straight white male programmers.
However, for many marginalized people, working in startups, agencies, and large tech companies can be a miserable, demoralizing experience that literally results in crying in the bathroom.
There’s more to life than startups. Come hear ideas for making your own path in the tech industry, without compromising your dignity or your mental health.
Speaker: Kronda Adair
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Contributed notespresented in room B202/203 on 24jun at 1545 to 51 people
Slides are here: http://karvel.me/start-your-own
Reference links from the final slide:
- SCORE Business Advice: http://www.score.org/
- Self Employment Assistance: http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/ES/SEEKER/Pages/self_employment_assistance.aspx
- Docracy (Open sourced legal documents): http://www.docracy.com/
- Oregon Business Registry: http://sos.oregon.gov
- Quit! Podcast: http://5by5.tv/quit
- The Lean Startup by Eric Ries: http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9780307887894-1
- 168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam: http://www.powells.com/biblio/62-9781591844105-0
- How to Be Black by Baratunde Thurston: http://baratunde.com/howtobeblack/
- How to be the black employee: http://karvel.me/htbbe
- Microaggressions (article): http://karvel.me/micro-aggressions-text
- Microaggressions (video): http://karvel.me/micro-aggressions-vid
- My Nerd Story: kronda.com/my-nerd-story
(added later by an OSBer: http://institute.usworker.coop/resources/technology-freelancers-guide-starting-worker-cooperative )