Tag Archive: Hadiyah Mujhid

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    by Angie Chang

    Get Thee To A Hackathon!

    A high-pressure cooker for startup ideas, many women have attended – and won – hackathons.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    When I visit New York next weekend, I will be attending the Hack’n Jill hackathon where there is one woman for every man. And while I am a web designer/developer, non-technical entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend hackathons such as Startup Weekends and AT&T Hackathons. In San Francisco alone, there are two hackathons this coming weekend – a solar hackathon and a RadiumOne hackathon.

    There is no better or faster way to move forward on a website or mobile app idea than to go to a hackathon. Hackathons are usually weekend events where designers, developers, marketers and business people get together with the common goal

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    by Angie Chang

    Almost $20k Cash – AT&T Hackathon Recap (Engineers Don’t Blog)

    This is my story of how I almost won $20k.

    By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Black Founders)

    This weekend I participated in the AT&T Mobile HTML5 Hackathon. I had very mixed feelings in the beginning about my participation for multiple reasons.

    The first reason in which I was against participating is because I have a number of uncompleted apps from previous hackathons that I have yet to complete, and I didn’t want another incomplete project. But the top prize was $20k.

    The second reason in which I was against participating

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    by Angie Chang

    Rails Web App: Easy Like Sunday Morning

    By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Black Founders)

    This is a tutorial to on how to create a simple Rails 3.2 web app.

    Basic Assumptions:

    1. Ruby 1.9.3, RubyGems, and Rails 3.2 installed. If not, visit rubyonrails.org/download
    2. PostgreSQL is installed. If not, visit postgresql.org/download/
    3. You are familiar with the Ruby programming language. If not, check out tryruby.org, to learn some basics.
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    by Angie Chang

    Black Founders Is For White People

    By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Black Founders)

    So if it isn’t obvious, I want to clarify that the title of this post is just a catch-title. But I also want to clarify that the organization Black Founders is not just for black people. In fact, the organization is created for all. This statement does not take away from the mission of “increasing the number of successful black entrepreneurs in technology”. But an attempt to uncover the broader purpose of organizations that are founded in diversity and equality.

    I attended a couple of startup networking events this week. Typical protocol at these events is to introduce who you are and

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    by Angie Chang

    5 Tools For Getting Started As A Micropreneur

    By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Black Founders)

    “A micropreneur is an entrepreneur willing to accept the risk of starting and managing the type of business that remains small, lets them do the kind of work they want to do, and offers them a balanced lifestyle.” – InvestorDictionary.com

    Or you could substitute this definition with a more urban definition like: A micropreneur is someone who has a “side hustle.”

    One of my favorite things about following the startup industry is discovering tools that can be used by

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    by Angie Chang

    Libraries As Tech Incubators?

    By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Black Founders)

    A few weeks ago, I stumbled across an article in the Huffington Post, titled “Art Incubators: How Libraries Offer More Than Books.” The article highlights a project called Library as Incubator that focuses on using libraries as a community resource which support and allow collaboration with artists. The Library as Incubator Project appears to be focus on creative artists, but I believe the same project can be applied to tech entrepreneurs as well.

    After reading the article, I was became interested in the possibilities of running a tech incubator from a library. As an bootstrapping entrepreneur, I’ve also taken advantage of coffee shops

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    by Angie Chang

    Racism and Meritocracy (Engineers Don’t Blog)

    By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Black Founders)

    It was never my intention to write about racism and meritocracy. Mainly, because I hate “talk” and prefer to “do”. Not saying that “talk” and discussion isn’t helpful, but its never been my thing, I “do”. So it slightly pains me to add to the “talk” with another blog post about racism and meritocracy.

    First, my opinion on the media frenzy (CNN Black In America, Arrington, etc) that has taken place in the last month. Honestly, many of the points covered, (in blog posts and interviews), miss the mark and are shameful attempts for media coverage.

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    by Angie Chang

    “I Have An Idea, Now What?” (Resources For New Entrepreneurs)

    By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Black Founders)

    I often receive emails or view posts of the flavor, “I have an idea, I don’t know how to code, now what?”

    This is my response for those who are curious about starting an web-based or software startup. (in no particular order):

    Start Building:

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    by Angie Chang

    One Year in San Francisco as an Engineer Turned Startup Founder

    By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Black Founders)

    Here is a timeline of my first year in San Francisco. You can also view the timeline on Dipity. Hint: You may want to start at the bottom and work your way up.

    One year in Startup Valley — August 5, 2011

    It’s been a great first year. Gearing up for year 2 in the city. The upcoming year, I will be focused on turning my web apps into a company (one that can make money). Learning how to live on less, as I am now an unemployed engineer turned founder.

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    by Angie Chang

    We Need A Black Zuckerberg or Jackie Robinson of Startups

    By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, BlackFounders)

    When I first met my mentee 3 years ago, the first thing that she said was, “I’m so happy that you’re black!” This was an hilarious moment for the both of us. She later explained that when her social worker mentioned that mentors were volunteers, she associated volunteering with white people. And that she was happy to have someone that looked like her — a black female.

    Accelerating the success of minority groups in the tech startup community is part of the work that NewMe Accelerator and BlackFounders are doing through connecting, equipping, and creating visibility. But this is just a start, and currently blacks’ exposure to startup networks are still limited.

    The entire startup community needs to understand how diversity can effect innovation, which can impact profit margins.

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    by Angie Chang

    After Railsbridge, A Startup In The Honeymoon Stage

    By Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Urban Posse)

    A few weeks ago, I took a Railsbridge class to learn Ruby on Rails. I was placed in a small group with others with computer science backgrounds looking to learn a new language. The group was pretty amazing. All of us were aggressive and hardcore about learning a new skill. So aggressive that we sort of conned our teacher into skipping over the planned curriculum in favor of just building something useful. And a startup was born.

    Since the class, we’ve been consistent in meeting together two times week and pairing on the off days. Normally, someone from our group (five total) is meeting up with another on a daily basis. We also have a 24-hour Skype IM session in which we are all active. I’m extremely amazed at each person’s dedication to our new startup. I believe our commitment and openness to spend huge quantities of time together has enabled us to bond faster and build a better foundation.

    I often hear how hard it is to find the right co-founder(s). And even harder for co-founders to commit at equal effort levels. I must admit that I got lucky and I’m completely in love with my co-founders. I know we’re still in the honeymoon stage. But even if we breakup, this will be the best fling I ever had.

    Check out the recently released minimum viable product at www.urbanposse.com. Looking for a roommate or have a room for rent? Check it out, create real listings, and provide feedback! We plan to add more features and drive marketing within a couple of weeks, but would like to get listings created.