Total loan: $10,000
Oakland, CA, United States / Services
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I come from a family of small business people. My grandparents were immigrants, and built businesses to support their families. My grandfather was a tinkerer and inventor, and taught me learning by doing, and fearlessness in experimentation. When, later in life, I found myself in need, I started my first business, making and selling jewelry. That business supported me for several years, and taught me the sort of self-sufficiency and leadership skills that got me into a career in telecommunications and technology. I've moved into and out of business ownership over my 27 years in Oakland, and I'm not nearly done. I wake up every day thinking about how Oakland can help solve problems inside and outside its borders - how we are truly unique here, and what we can teach the world. Oakland is full of smart, creative, driven people from all backgrounds. Bringing those people together and helping them unlock the power of each other is they key to our shared success.