Marcell Urbina, one the newest IT consultants at Jones IT, kick started his IT career with tech training from <dev/Mission>. They are a non-profit that aims to train untapped young adults for careers in technology in order to build wealth and prosperity in our local communities. This is the story of how he was able launch his career in tech with the help of the partnership between <dev/Mission> and Jones IT.
I’m a pretty lucky guy. I have been fortunate enough to have had many opportunities made available to me throughout my life; I just had to grab ‘em and work hard to achieve success. I believe our local San Francisco community holds a wealth of untapped potential. It is overflowing with people who have the desire and the ability to work hard, but may simply need someone to open that first door to get them barreling down the road to success. When it comes to giving back to the community, my primary focus has been through opening those doors.
“I’ve been doing this for a long time, but this is the first time I’m seeing mainstream technology have real applications for people with disabilities,” Karen of SFCD explains. She proceeds to show me how she is able to control just about everything in the room, from the fan to the lights, with her voice or the iPad she holds in her hand. The iPad is running several communication applications that allow her to type out simple sentences telling the room what to do. Karen illustrates this by tapping a few buttons on her iPad, causing it to say, “Amazon, turn on the fan.” Sure enough, the fan across the room turns on with a pleasing whir. This is what assistive technology is all about, and it’s pretty incredible.
It’s not uncommon to hear our employees say that Jones IT is one of the best places that they have worked. You may be fooled into thinking that this is because of all the ping-pong matches and free beer, but when you dig a bit deeper you realize it is because we put a lot of thought into creating amazing culture.
As one of the original members of Jones IT, I have seen our business grow from 2 guys in a garage to where we are now: a growing 15 person crew that is rapidly becoming SF’s leader in IT. When we first started out nearly a decade ago, we kept track of our work with only email and word docs. Surprisingly, this was just fine in the early days when it was just Evan and me. In order for our business to grow, however, we had to get better!
While we can’t bottle our entire secret sauce to success in a few paragraphs, we hope to give you a small taste of the tools we use that continue to help us to grow sustainably and efficiently. What follows is the first part of our Jones IT starter kit to success: business planning, preparing pitches, and introducing lean startup methods.
Our newest additions to the Jones IT Team talk about their experiences joining the company, a day on the job, and what led them to take the plunge into IT. Get to know your computer wizards!