“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho
Q and Brandon sought to be one of the few minority tech founders to build a company the size of Facebook (You know the black Mark Zuckerberg’s), but 4 Years and 6 Startups later we ultimately met the same fate as many other startup businesses …. Failure.
In 2015, we decided to shut down a promising company and went back to working in corporate America. Q, as a lead technologist/full stack developer for a development agency and Brandon as a Product Manager in the fortune 50.
Shortly after, we received a call from a friend who had a startup idea, but didn’t know where to start. We would always get calls from college classmates, friends, etc. asking how to start their own technology-driven businesses, but now that everything was over it finally hit us…
Although our idea wasn’t a huge success, we learned many valuable lessons that underrepresented groups in the tech industry —– (Women, Blacks, Hispanics, etc.)—— are unaware of due to lack of exposure.
Whether it was getting meetings with the largest VC firm in Los Angeles, winning 1st place in a Google pitch completion, or building a product that nobody wanted, experiences like these have equipped us to help other entrepreneurs avoid some of the mistakes that we made and bring their startup ideas to life!