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Fwd: Tech Diversity in Action

From: Mike S.
Sent on: Thursday, December 17, 2015 5:28 PM

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From: Melissa Lomba <[address removed]>
Date: Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 5:17 PM
Subject: Tech Diversity in Action
To: Mike Street <[address removed]>

Now is an ideal time to contribute »»»
Our Goal:
Demonstrate Tech Ecosystem Viability in Low-Status Communities 
WHAT A YEAR, and you can help make 2016 EVEN BETTER! 
The Boogie Down isn’t Dumbo or Flatiron - and we’re not trying to be. We set out to show how people can move from tech consumers to tech PRODUCERS...
StartUp Box launched its social enterprise as a B2B software services company in 2014. Our approach to tech sector diversity + economic development is the result of our market research, and  pioneering funding from JP Morgan Chase, Booth Ferris and other foundations, the Mayor’s Office Center for Economic Opportunity, and individuals. 
We don’t “train & pray” that people find work - statistical hiring biases are real. Instead, we’ve created an environment that: 
Hires to provide on-the-job training & education to equip New Yorkers to succeed in the knowledge economy. 
Mobilizes demographically diverse and often hard to reach young adults. 
Increases the sophistication of tech-education consumers, who don’t know to access the amazing opportunities available. 
Engages Industry in a reinforcing cycle of valued services and talent on-boarding. 
Bronx Tech Meetup, co-founded by Tina Shoulders and me, has grown to 675 members, and is where Bronx techies connect with Bronx-based companies & organizations like Mass Ideation, Exposure Camp, Code/Interactive, the PerScholas Doran Jones partnership, SceNYC and Glassfiles, among others. 
All this work is paying off, but we need your help to get it to the next level. 
Our NEXT goal is to grow StartUp Box B2B services into a self-sustaining business that supports the programming our community needs, like: 
Host an evening Speaker Series featuring people of color in digital media to help folks see their future in the tech space. 
Offer Tech Development Seminars to tap into our community’s passion to create. 
Continue to provide pro bono space for groups promoting physical and financial health programming during off-hours. 
I hope you’ll DONATE generously to support our ability to re-build the tech talent pipeline here in America’s chronically undervalued urban economies. 
Thank You, and have a great holiday!
-- Majora Carter
• Evolving our client relationships to provide full customer support teams here in The Bronx!

"StartUp box is an integral part our customer retention strategy"    -- Christian Calderon                         VP of Marketing & Revenue at Dots
Clients, like Gust (Digital.NYC) got us started, and after we performed QA for Two Dots' Android launch - which now also includes 100% of their customer care services for over 50 million users! 
Building our client base to include great products like: Covey, Giphy, Legal Equalizer, Top Server, and Sesame WorkshopMoMA, 2nd Avenue Shopper, and more...
• Pursuing: Original Team Member Patricia Collazo is now a full time student at Lehman College's CS degree program, while providing support for Two Dots on weekends.
• Producing a mobile app to accompany local Author Sulma Arzu-Brown's children's book: Pelo Malo No Existe / Bad Hair Does Not Exist. The app brings readers additional levels of information and engagement through technology provided by local software developer Miguel Sanchez of Mass Ideation. The team is funded by a grant from Verizon foundation.
• Entering a Joint Venture with Birch Coffee to open a beautiful café in Hunts Point.  This dedicated, commercially viable “3rd space” allows for exchanges and introductions in an atmosphere which people currently have to leave the area to experience (a.k.a. Brain-Drain).
• Competing: StartUp Box CEO, Majora Carter, entered and won the SheKnows Media sponsored Pitch Contest at the BlogHer 2015 conference - among a formidable field of other early stage ventures.
• Developing partnerships with training providers to bolster their students' experience and income by employing them part time at StartUp Box while they learn related skills.
2015 Press:
Ebony: Majora Carter Rocks BlogHer with StartUp Box
SciTech Now: Urban Onshoring in the Real World (7 min video)
SheKnows Media: Majora sells us on a way to create  tech jobs (1 min video)
GatewayCarter brings business acumen to social causes

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