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Over the past year BUILDUP has held several events focused on entrepreneurship, tech culture and venture capital but as Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area tech companies reflects staggeringly low representation of employees and tech founders across gender and racial categories in contrast to the diverse population of the world, we wanted to do more.

Today BUILDUP is excited to announce a five week, six series technical workshop series with Google, Twitter, UBER, Galvanize and TechCrunch starting May 26th. The BUILDUP Workshop Series is designed to educate and prepare individuals from underrepresented groups for career paths in technology. The workshop series co-led by Google, TechCrunch, Uber, Twitter and Galvanize is targeted at individuals considering new careers in tech, launching a startup or building a product, or interested in attending a code school. The series is also geared toward junior engineers, developers and designers, college students, or entrepreneurs looking to sharpen their current tech skill set.

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The workshops will cover:
How to build your minimum viable product
Design Thinking
How to Pitch Your Startup
Abuse and Diversity Online
Cyber Security

The workshop series will be hosted at Galvanize and begins May 26th through June 24th. Individuals can register for the workshops on BUILDUP’s educational site

Schedule of workshops includes:
May 26 – Google: How to build your minimum viable product – Stanton Jones & Kyle Wanamaker, Software Engineers
June 3 – Google: Design Thinking, Nancy Douyon, User Experience Research Program Manager
June 10 – TechCrunch: How to Pitch Your Startup – Samantha O’Keefe, Startup Battlefield Editor
June 16 – UBER: Intro To UBER API – Kyle Bailey, Senior Software Engineer
June 17 – Twitter: Abuse and Diversity Online – Leslie Miley, Engineering Leader Specializing in Mobile and Web Development
June 24th – Cyber Security – Charles Nwatu, Information Security Manager – Security Monitoring and Incident

Workshops are $30 for each class and will take place at Galvanize, 44 Tehama Street in San Francisco.

Workshop Partners

awg twitter galvanize
uber     techcrunch


Stanton Jones
Software Engineer

Nancy Douyon
User Experience Research
Program Manager

Samantha O’Keefe
Startup Battlefield Editor

Kyle Bailey
Senior Software Engineer

Leslie Miley
Engineering Leader Specializing in
Mobile and Web Development

Charles Nwatu
Information Security Manager –
Security Monitoring and Incident


Galvanize, 44 Tehama Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

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The Startup Survival Rules

Pick good co-founders. What kills most startups are the startups themselves. Everything starts with finding a bad co-founder. Bad co-founders may be very good people. They also might not do well in a startup for reasons that are not bad by themselves, like going back to school or having a side project. That’s why it is hard to gauge in the beginning who will be a good co-founder.

Launch fast. Until you launch, users can’t use you. If users can’t use you, your startup is useless to them. The longer you stay that way, the harder it will be to break the habit. Launch before you get used to not being useful.

Let your idea evolve. Many successful startups changed their ideas fundamentally. Paypal started thinking they would transfer money between Palm Pilots. Do you remember what those are any more? Exactly. Had they not stayed open to the possibility of needing to change everything, we might have never heard of them.

Better to make a few users happy, than many ambivalent. If you ask people whether they like your startup, they will most likely say yes. People are nice. But that means nothing to you. Let them vote with their time and money. If they actually use you it counts. If they say it’s a great idea but don’t use you, you have to worry.

Offer surprisingly good customer service. At the beginning you can afford to talk with your customers on the phone or in person. Why not? They are the first people who found your product useful. They are like investors, only with their time. Learn from them, and give them the best you have.

You make what you measure. Unless you grow, you are not a startup. Growth, though, is often deceptive if you measure the wrong metrics. Figure out what exactly it means for you to grow.

Spend little. No matter how much funding you have, you are always closer to death than you think. Unless you are profitable. So spend little. Your investors’ money is the money you don’t have.

Get ramen profitable. Even if you have little money coming in, it means someone values you product enough to pay for it. That is the ultimate sign that your company might survive. Now it’s just a matter getting more customers to do the same.

Avoid distractions. The only reason a startup exists is to serve its users. Funding is a distraction. School is a distraction. Magazine photoshoots are a distraction. These may be useful distractions of course, but if they take the time and attention away from building the product, they become useful but lethal distractions.

Don’t get demoralized. In a startup nothing will happen until you make it happen. People won’t respond. Customers will try not to pay. Partners won’t come through. Investors will flake. Employees will leave. What can you do? You can’t leave. Just keep trudging through until you find what users need.

Don’t give up. The surest way to make people believe is keep growing, and if you can’t grow, keep going. The moment you give up, it is really over.

Deal fall through. It may be hard to believe, but even after investors say yes, they might still never send you the check. People, even the most sophisticated ones, have buyers remorse, second thoughts, insecurities – in short they are no different than you, so expect that from them. And keep going despite it.

Inspired by Paul Graham’s essay “Startups in 13 Sentences”.

In 2014 the diversity and inclusion conversation in tech reached an all time high and as we kick off 2015 the topic doesn’t seem to be losing any steam; which is great as a lot of change is needed. Below are some of the more recent articles about diversity in tech that I believe everyone should read. The articles range from women in tech, sexism, under represented minorities in tech, the wealth and access gap, to defining what diversity actually means. If I missed any recent articles, let me know in the comments.

What Diversity Actually Means

Does Your Team Reflect “The Dream”?

Prioritizing Diversity In 2015

When meritocracy hits the networking wall….”Welcome To The Club. Not!”

I’m So Sick and Tired of Men Marginalizing Women in Tech

Female Founders Fare Much Better In 2014

Unwritten Diversity Code for Blacks and females in Technology

Latina Talent is Key to the Future of the U.S. Technology Workforce

What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women

Semil Shah on How Can Underrepresented Minorities In Tech (URM) Can Build Bridges With Investors


What (Some) Silicon Valley Women Think Of Newsweek

How Was 2014 for Women in Tech?

It’s time for Asian American men to stop being the “Model Minority” in tech.

Why black leaders matter in technology

East of Palo Alto’s Eden: Race and The Formation of Silicon Valley

Tech’s High Barrier to Entry for the Underprivileged

Here’s What It’s Like to Be a Person of Color in Technology

Why is gender diversity in tech so much easier to solve than racial diversity?

of10 is a podcast hosted by tech entrepreneur and former radio personality Will Lucas. On the 10 episode podcast series, Will interviews prominent and up-and-coming technology personalities to discuss the pipeline into technology, startups, and ideas.

On Part 1: This chat with Erin Teague who is Director of Product at Yahoo is refreshing. You’ll hear her talk about everything from her top 5 favorite rappers, to the constant awareness of how gender and race affects the mindset of many minorities in tech. It’s an honest reflection on the thought process of a technology executive even at the highest levels.

Part 2: Wayne Sutton was featured on CNN’s Black in America in 2011 as co-founder of a high profile minority-focused accelerator in Silicon Valley and he’s been on a rocket ever since. Founder at, Wayne is insightful on the landscape of San Francisco for startup founders on non-traditional paths

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BUILDBox curates the best building resources for technology entrepreneurs, daily.


How ‘venture builders’ are changing the startup model via @VentureBeat |
Discuss the Ideal Exit with Investors by @davidcummings on Startups
The Official Definitions of Seed, Series A, and Series B Rounds by @jason
@BUILDUP #podcast w/ Semil Shah on How Can Underrepresented Minorities In Tech Can Build Bridges With Investors
Weekend Read: Startups Should (Almost) Never Discount Their Prices via @wsjstartup
Always Be Creating by @99U
How Blogging Affects Your Bottom Line
Stampede In via @morgane
How To Get Stuff Done When You Really, Really Don’t Want To via @99U
Guest Post: “No excuses left, this year I get serious” by @wndxlori
7 Tips for Hiring a Great Management Team via @StartupGrind
The Platform Stack: For everyone building a platform… and for everyone else
Breaking Into Startups — @rubenharris
The Art of the Minimal Viable Product. 2 Minutes to Find Out Why via @sgblank
The essence of venture business by @Om Malik
The 104 Most Active Seed Venture Capital Firms via @cbinsights
Elad Blog: The 3 Types of “Platform” Companies via @eladgil
2015 Marketing and Technology Trends via @OpenViewVenture
Vivek Wadhwa: How Technology Will Eat Medicine by @wadhwa via @wsjstartups
Analyst To Angel: 12 Points on #Startup Advisory Boards – 2015 version via @adamquinton”  alt=“buildbox” width=

BUILDBox curates the best building resources for technology entrepreneurs, daily.


The essence of venture business by @Om Malik
The 104 Most Active Seed Venture Capital Firms via @cbinsights
Elad Blog: The 3 Types of “Platform” Companies via @eladgil
2015 Marketing and Technology Trends via @OpenViewVenture
Vivek Wadhwa: How Technology Will Eat Medicine by @wadhwa via @wsjstartups
Analyst To Angel: 12 Points on #Startup Advisory Boards – 2015 version via @adamquinton
The 12 Laws Of Entrepreneurial Power by @johngreathouse
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Free Ebook: The Guide to Mockups
Should Startups Blog£ An Essay (with Data) to Decide Once & For All via @NextViewVC
Critical Tasks to Complete after Raising Seed Capital via @NextViewVC
Design Your Company Culture Like The World’s Largest Hedge Fund — David Teten
4 Ways to Use Psychology to Win Your Competition’s Customers – Nir and Far
A Teenager’s View on Social Media — Backchannel — Medium
How to Build a Million Dollar Business From Your Personal Brand
A mockup is worth a thousand PowerPoint slides via @jason
Why You Need Emotional Intelligence To Succeed via @Forbes
The Three Most Important Startups of 2014 – SEO’Brien
3 Questions about Founders as CEOs in SaaS Companies via @ttunguz
Three Questions to Ask Before Your First Angel Investment via SeedInvest Blog