My dear friend and “girl developer” Sara Chipps has been making waves in the tech community with her new initiative Girl Develop IT.
Recently featured on ReadWriteWeb, Girl Develop IT strives to narrow the gender divide in tech by offering an extremely low-cost series of classes on programming to women who want to build their own software, launch their own companies, or just become well-versed in the capabilities of various languages in order to be a better collaborator.
Today, Girl Develop IT announced a new series called Foundations for Founders, and I’m honored to be among the teachers. Foundations for Founders is a series of master classes on Saturday afternoons, aiming to provide people with the basic skills that are needed to get their tech businesses off the ground.
So far the schedule is as follows:
October 09, 2pm: Lauren Leto “Getting Funded” Lauren founded the popular site Texts from Last Night and just got her second startup Bnter funded as well. She knows what it takes to be a successful woman in this field and get what you need to get your idea going. Finding people with resources is a huge step, Lauren will share her experience and pass on this wisdom to students.
October 16, 2pm: Spencer Fry “Hiring and Communicating with Developers” One of the largest frustrations I have seen with various founders I have met with is that they don’t know how to get their site actually built. It’s rough understanding what is needed when technology is a big black box. Spencer was not a developer when he started his site Carbonmade, however, he has learned how to sustain a great working relationship with a team while they create his vision.
October 23, 2pm: Campbell McKellar “Writing a Business Plan” This most basic part of starting a business is getting your ideas on paper. The founder of Loose Cubes has lots of practice. For those of us without our MBAs in business this can be a daunting task.
November 13, 2pm: Whitney Hess “Wireframing” A close friend of the Girl Develop IT! and a well recognized UX expert. She is going to walk our ladies through the process of becoming aware of the user experience. She is going to be showing them tooling that will help them do so and giving them a peek at her process.
I’ll let you know when registration opens up! Huge thanks to Sara for asking me to participate in this awesome initiative. I can’t wait to get started.
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