Out of the Crisis #20: the founders of Bitwise on the role of technology in empowering people, spreading benefits to underserved communities, and the creation of OnwardUS
Startup Lessons Learned
AUGUST 26, 2020
Jake Soberal and Irma Olguin started Bitwise in 2013 with the idea that the technology industry could be used to fix a city--in their case, Fresno, CA. Our fundamental thesis is that people of color, women, communities of concentrated poverty, have immense talent to contribute to the technology industry," Jake explained to me. "In Seven years later, they've trained about 5,000 students and created over 1,000 new technology jobs in Fresno. Leaving Fresno was unexpected for me.