Aug 5th – 1 year in San Francisco

Below is a timeline of my first year in San Francisco. You can also view the timeline on Dipity. Hint: You may want to start at the bottom and work your way up.

Aug 5, 2011

1 year in Startup Valley

Its been a great first year. Gearing up for year 2 in the city. The upcoming year, I will be focused on turning my web apps into a company (one that can make money). And also learning how to live on less, as I am now just an unemployed engineer turned founder.

Jul 22, 2011 makes debut in Chicago, our startup that was created at Startup Weekend has made its way to Chicago for techweek. Pretty excited about the debut.

May 12, 2011

I quit!

Having so much fun in startup land! Founded a networking community, and two web projects. I’m learning more than I have ever learned at work. Going to work seemed more of a distraction from my real “work.” Decided it was time to quit. Gave my job notice, went to part-time, but due to contractual obligations will remain with my company until 8/31

May 6, 2011

Startup weekend SF

Attended startup weekend with the hopes of meeting more people and further developing my skills in Ruby. Met Bosco from Ruby meetup and decided to just stick with his team since he was a great Ruby developer. After many pivots on the first night, our team created ( and its mostly developed in javascript (the irony).

May 1, 2011

Urban Posse Released v.0

After 3 weeks, the group that I met at Railsbridge releases a web app called Urban Posse. The web app is designed to ease the search for rooms and roommates in the city. The site is still in development, but a basic functional site in released. Yeah, we know, the UI needs work.

Apr 1, 2011

Railsbridge Rocks

Thanks to the Ruby meetup, I was able to take a Railsbridge class on Ruby. Railsbridge focuses on teaching programming to Women or other underserve communities. I met an awesome group of people at the class. So, awesome, we deicide to work on a web app together.

Mar 24, 2011

Black Founders First Meetup

We hosted our first meetup. Expectation was to have about max 10 entrepreneurs in the room. First event, we met over 20 black entrepreneurs looking to connect. After the first meetup, we’ve scaled to hosting two events per month, and plans to expand to additional cities.

Feb 20, 2011

The Plotting Begins

Through Chris, I met a few other brown people. He also shared his experiences with me since being in the valley. One Sunday night, Chris pulls together myself, Monique, and Nnena, with the purpose of starting a networking group for blacks in startups.

Jan 19, 2011


Attended my first startup networking event. A little nervous, since I was only at the idea stage. Room was largely white male, found some females and was largely welcomed. In our female huddle, we shared some quick experiences, a quick pep talk, then broke to conquer the room. I also met 1 other brown person that night, Chris, who became my co-founder.

Dec 10, 2010

Boys are rotten

Dumped boy. Wasted a couple of months. Geared up to refocus on learning about startups and launching a startup

Dec 6, 2010

Sold Car

Finally sold car. Having a car in the city was a major headache.

Oct 8, 2010

Met a Boy & Became Distracted

Met a boy on my 31st bday. Became distracted. Hence, no real progress over the next couple of months

Oct 7, 2010

Stanford Dropout

Already a Stanford dropout. I will be a success. Full-time job and crazy commute proved to be too much for studies. Dropped out with plans to re-enroll in Jan (re-enrollment never happened).

Sep 28, 2010

First Day At Stanford

Decided it would be best to take a Grad CS course to sharpen my skills to prepare for launching a Startup

Sep 25, 2010

San Franciscans Don’t like Cars

Two weeks in San Francisco, received about $300 in parking tickets. Rethinking the whole car thing

Sep 11, 2010

Moved to the City

Found a cute studio in the city. Afterthought: didn’t realize it was such a long commute to my job in SouthBay

Aug 9, 2010

First day at new company site

First day at new workplace

Aug 5, 2010

The Big Move

After a requested company transfer, I arrived at corporate housing on August 5. Requested a company transfer to the bay to learn more about Startups.

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About Hadiyah

Practicing loving God, neighbors, and myself daily. Leveraging venture capital to advance racial equity at HBCUvc.