Bringing the Industry Together

Makinde Adeagbo
The Compiler
Published in
2 min readApr 13, 2018

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When you want to go fast, go alone. When you want to go far, go together.

For the last two and a half years, /dev/color has been working with some of the most talented Black software engineers in the industry. From senior engineering leaders to engineers just out of bootcamps, we now count more than 200 engineers as part of our network across New York and San Francisco. In 2019 we’ll expand to two more cities and continue on our mission to grow hundreds of Black software engineers into industry leaders all around the world.

An equally important part of what we do is our work with our partners. Beyond helping to financially support our program for Black software engineers, we believe that partnerships are a core element of how we’ll shape this industry. I believe that there are many legitimately difficult challenges that need to be overcome when it comes to attracting, retaining and growing Black software engineers. On some of these, no one has discovered the right answers yet. It’s critical the companies come together to work on these and push the industry forward. That’s why we launched The Guild and it’s off to a great start.

But that’s just the beginning. There’s a lot more to do on this front, and we’re going to need an amazing team to transform the industry in the way that we want. To that end, I’d like to announce that Josefina Aguayo has joined /dev/color as our very first Director of Partnerships. She’ll be responsible for making sure our efforts at /dev/color aren’t done in isolation, but instead are industry wide efforts. Stay tuned for more as we continue to deeply partner with companies who care as much about our mission as we do.

/dev/color is a 501(c)(3) organization who’s missions is to empower Black software engineers to help one another grow into industry leaders. Email partners@devcolor.org to find out more about working with us.

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Makinde Adeagbo
The Compiler

Founder of /dev/color. Former engineer @ Pinterest, Dropbox & Facebook.