Our community is comprised of some absolutely brilliant entrepreneurs and so we asked a few of them to tell us the story of how they came up with the ideas for their business.

Naomi Thomas | Tech Entrepreneur & Model

I started my company to ultimately create a tech education experience that I wish I had growing up. My journey in tech started at a young age – I was six years old when I built my first computer. I attended various STEM camps including a computer science institute at UC Berkeley where I was introduced to what it’s like to work at a tech company. On those company tours, behind all the glitz and glamor, free food, benefits, and ping pong tables, I quickly noticed the overwhelming lack of representation of diverse talent. It was also challenging for me to get my peers to want to join me in my pursuit of a career in tech. It became my mission to improve interest and retention of minorities in technology. Read more>>

Quincy Kuang | Co-founder at Spatial Dynamics Design

The Covid-19 pandemic has shed light on many aspects of our life that we have previously taken for granted. As a hardware designer, I struggled to progress my career working from home. Luckily, a few friends in the city shared the same dilemma; thus, we came together to start a design consultancy that emphasized working face to face in a physical space, which is crucial for making hardware products. Read more>>

Ashley Monti | Film/TV Editor

How did you come up with film and tv editing? I discovered editing while in high school. Back in 2003, I was living in Woodbridge, a suburb of Toronto, Canada. It had been a few years since I had relocated with my mother from Rome, Italy, and I was still finding my way in a new country. Being raised as a Roman child, I found the language, cultural differences, and the weather in Toronto to be more challenging than anticipated. (The winters are freezing!) I was in my senior year when my mother, a teacher at the school, discovered that the school was offering a new course, a course dedicated to the craft of filmmaking. Read more>>

Maria Velazquez | Entreprenuer

As a little girl growing up ,watching Miss Universe and other world wide known beauty pageants ,and anything that had to do with entertainment . The makeup was always such a beautiful view to see anything with fashion and beauty has always been something that catches my eye . So i said why not launch a makeup line and combine it with fashion . Read more>>