The first in her family to go to college, Irma Olguin returned home to Fresno intent on using her skills to uplift her community. Her Bitwise Industries has since landed $27 million in venture funding and trained 4,500 workers to code.
Fresno, California, is not where you’d expect to find a startup like Bitwise Industries, which trains tech workers, develops software and invests in tech-friendly real estate. It has $27 million in venture capital backing, a valuation of $100 million and 2019 revenue Forbes estimates at $20 million. “You could argue that Fresno is one of America’s most broken cities,” says cofounder Irma Olguin Jr., 39. “We have four of the ten poorest zip codes and one in four people live below the poverty line.” Olguin is determined to change those statistics.
Read the full profile on Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/ruthumoh/2020/06/26/from-recycling-bottles-for-cash-to-tech-ceo-meet-the-latinx-founder-building-a-100-million-tech-hub-in-californias-gritty-central-valley/#391572db1b4b
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