For the past few months, I’ve been struggling with the idea of how I was going to break off into the entrepreneurial world. I’m not sure if it has been so difficult because I have less than 10 years of experience in the tech career world or what, but it has definitely been challenging. I’ve had some motivation in spurts here and there — when the perils of my job would completely drain me by the time noon would hit. But that’s a story for another day.
I jetted off to San Francisco a few weeks ago to attend Blavity’s first ever black tech conference geared towards creating a space for black millennials thriving in the world of tech and entrepreneurship to convene. And they were quite successful in doing so.
I have never been so grateful and blessed to be in the presence of so many talented, gifted, motivated individuals that look like me. Seeing all those beautiful faces and beings that exuded so much black excellence effortlessly was definitely something that I will forever be grateful for. And not to mention, Silicon Valley was definitely not ready for the disruption that occurred when we walked out of Bespoke. Seeing everyone’s faces filled with shock and bewilderment wondering what all of these young, beautiful, black people were coming from was definitely unforgettable.
But I digress. Only because I need all of you to know how necessary this conference was. The most purposeful & unconventional conference that I’ve ever been to — that anyone has ever been to. Because how many conferences have you gone to take Drake Breaks? And how many have the crowds swag surfin? How many conferences have you gone to that allow their speakers to have their own superhero and heroine theme music playing while they dance and stroll up to the stage?