It's been a year since I launched Diversify Tech on Product Hunt!
#DiversifyTech is live on @ProductHunt today! 🚀👩🏾💻— Veni Kunche (@venikunche) December 7, 2018
I built it for people like me who are underrepresented in tech to discover opportunities in tech. It is also for all of us in the tech industry who want to make it a welcoming and inclusive place. 💙❤️💛https://t.co/akgoVwmkk5 pic.twitter.com/QX46l1lqSQ
Being a part-time solo-founder and a mom is hard. I have limited time and I have to make the most of it. This year I focused on growing the community and connecting them with resources that will help folks in their tech career. I also launched a job board and newsletter for businesses to learn about diversity and inclusion among other things.
There were times when I felt like I wasn't doing enough. I told myself to not compare myself to others. Their journey is different. I focused on what I could do with the time I had.
Slow progress is still progress. I am proud of what I have accomplished this year with the support of the community. I want to share with you some highlights!
Slow progress is still progress. Keep going! 🧡— Veni Kunche (@venikunche) December 3, 2019
The community grew to 3,805 members
We have 3,288 underrepresented people in tech, 579 folks who want to learn about diversity, equity, & inclusion, and hire diverse candidates and 775 allies. It is pretty incredible that the community grew organically. Current members helped spread the word for which I am very thankful for.
Our members got hired
Over 100 roles were shared with the community through our job board. I didn't have time to do outreach or promote it. Companies found about Diversify Tech through word of mouth which was pretty amazing.
I didn't want to connect the community to companies that act inclusive without actually being inclusive. I asked companies to share their actual team makeup, the number people of color on the team, the number of LGBTQIA+ individuals on the team, their interview process, the salary and their efforts at inclusion. It is like a cover letter where companies convince us why we should work for them. This filters out companies who may not be doing the work to be inclusive.
Though the job board has been growing slowly, the companies who want to be transparent have been sharing their roles with the community. That's what we need.
Going to start a Software Engineering Apprenticeship with Twitter soon ❤️and want to thank @DiversifyTechCo for sharing this and many other engineering opportunities with me! Follow them if you are an underrepresented group in tech! #BlackTechTwitter— Shawna Davis (@ShawnaCodes) September 19, 2019
I found my new job because it was posted on @venikunche’s DiversifyTech website/newsletter. Thank goodness for her dedicated work! All of you out there who identify with underrepresented groups in tech, check it out.— Emily Jennings (@Phillylosophy) June 9, 2019
Our members went to conferences through scholarships
I initially started sharing scholarships that I heard about. Now we have regulars like the Lead Dev conference who share each one of their scholarships with the community.
Underrepresented people in tech should have equal access to networking and career opportunities. They need to be in rooms where large discussions around tech happen. It's been great to spread the word about these kinds of resources.
Thanks for all you do, Veni! I was able to attend four amazingly inspirational conferences this year thanks to @DiversifyTechCo and that's only a fraction of how you help people. Keep going!— Cecelia Martinez (@ceceliacreates) October 21, 2019
Discovering @DiversifyTechCo this year has quiet literally changed my life. It's where I found an affordable coding bootcamp to attend, where I found scholarships to attend my first TWO conferences.— janet 🔮 (she/her) (@_janetmendez) December 7, 2019
From the bottom of my heart, I'm so thankful 💖 https://t.co/VXpMOFcuDe
Diversity Tech is the reason why I received a full scholarship to one of my most impactful conferences last year and is where I found out about 3 conferences I’m submitting CFPs for. Plus, Veni’s retweets help me get answers to all of my pressing questions. Thank YOU!!! https://t.co/U170jNPPWR— from Taylor import * (@ItsTayFay) December 8, 2019
We raised over $1500 in travel scholarships
It's great that there are scholarships to conferences these days. However, the cost of travel and accommodation can make going prohibitive.
With generous contributions from the tech community, one of our members was able to attend the Wonder Women Tech conference. Another member was able to attend When Founder met Funder Workshop for Black Female Founders in San Francisco.
Omg omg omg Guess what?!— Virgo Clarity (@enigmaticsoulrg) November 4, 2019
Goal achieved and exceeded. $920 of the $800 goal achieved.
Wow. I’m so thankful I will be attending @wonderwomentech 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾
Major thanks to @venikunche @DiversifyTechCo @wonderwomentech @TransistorFM @mijustin
And EVERYONE WHO DONATED
Thank you. pic.twitter.com/63d4dpRn8r
We launched the "Business Edition: Inclusion is more than a buzzword" newsletter
After I wrote a blog post on inclusive job interviews, folks started joining to learn from different perspectives. Every week, I share articles written by underrepresented folks in tech on how to make the tech industry inclusive for people like them. I also share diverse candidates who are looking for jobs. It's been growing organically.
There is so much that underrepresented people in tech can do. Individuals who shape the culture at companies need to learn and figure out how to be inclusive.
I've been getting a lot our of the Diversify Tech weekly newsletter. If you work in tech (especially if you're in a position to make hiring/culture decisions) I suggest signing up: https://t.co/yjR3EBncO7— Tyler King (@TylerMKing) October 22, 2019
Speaking opportunities were added to the website and newsletter
I started sharing speaking opportunities in the newsletter. At first, it felt like members weren't that interested and so I stopped. I immediately got an email asking me to please add back that section. Even if they don't speak themselves, some members like to forward them to their friends and colleagues.
I love how folks use the newsletter to share opportunities with their own network. This is what I wanted to do; increase our access to resources.
We need underrepresented people on stage driving conversations in tech. I primarily share speaking opportunities that cover travel and accommodation expenses. I hope that this encourages more of us to speak.
Diversify Tech got a lot of love
Diversify Tech got DC's 50 on Fire award this year. We were featured on Product Hunt Radio, PC Magazine, and on Technical.ly.
Diversify Tech also has over 50 Patrons. I am still in disbelief that I have over 50 folks who have become regular patrons. It means a lot that folks believe in the work that I do and are supporting me financially. I am so grateful.
I am especially grateful to our community for their supportive emails and valuable feedback. Thank you all for spreading the word about Diversify Tech with your shares, re-tweets and tags. As a bootstrapped founder, this helps a lot.
I want to continue building bridges
With Diversify Tech, I am building bridges between different communities within the tech industry that are siloed.
I am connecting companies to diverse candidates and to diverse perspectives. I am connecting conferences to diverse speakers and attendees. I am connecting underrepresented folks in tech to opportunities that they may not be aware of. I want to keep doing the same in 2020 and reach more folks.
Join me as we go into 2020
If you are an underrepresented person in tech, join our newsletter! Once a week, we’ll send you scholarships, events, jobs, and speaking opportunities.
If you are responsible for hiring decisions at your company, we'll tell you about our amazing members who are looking for jobs. We'll also send you resources on diversity, equity and inclusion.
💌 Join our newsletter!
💼 Post your roles on the job board to reach diverse candidates.
🗣️ Submit your Call for Proposals to reach diverse speakers.