Backed by $27M, Bitwise Plans More Tech Training and Jobs for Underserved Communities
Wade Tyler Millward, EdSurge
It was a small but memorable moment for Irma Olguin Jr. Fifteen years ago, she was working late as a computer engineer for the city of Cincinnati. She ordered a plain cheese pizza and handed the delivery person money without worrying whether she gave exact change.
It then dawned on the self-described Latinx daughter of farm laborers from rural central California, she was climbing the social ladder. “Technology transformed my life,” says Olguin, 38.
Fast-forward to today. Olguin serves as co-founder and co-CEO of Bitwise, which aims to help other underrepresented people in the tech industry land well-paying jobs as programmers. So far, her base of operations has been Fresno, California. Now, she has the resources to bring her work to another city.