Mission

No One Belongs Here More than You.

Bitwise Industries is in the business of building tech economies in underestimated cities across America. No matter your background or experience, education or upbringing, there’s a place at Bitwise for you. We provide paid apprenticeships to students to learn tech skills, connect them to meaningful tech opportunities, and build vibrant buildings in underestimated cities to house their work.

Together, that means empowered people, transforming their lives, and creating lifelong change for themselves and their communities.

The Bitwise Mission

We build tech economies in underestimated cities.

Digital New Deal

In February of 2021, Bitwise unveiled the Digital New Deal–solidifying our commitment to connecting those from marginalized communities to skills and opportunities in the tech industry. Our apprenticeship model is simple: by offering earn-while-you-learn apprenticeships to underserved communities, we work to eliminate barriers and allow those in underestimated communities the access to lift themselves out of systemic poverty, all while delivering much-needed modern software. This is how Bitwise transforms cities, and begins to chip away at centuries of systemic poverty, racism, and structural inequity.

Now’s the time to leverage the idea of public-private partnerships to address the United States’ critical IT issues with smart initiatives that train a new generation of diverse technology employees. With the new administration prioritizing strong support for investing in training that will build a more inclusive middle class, the Biden platform for education proposed to make “a $50 billion investment in workforce training, including community-college business partnerships and apprenticeships.”

That’s where Bitwise comes in–apprenticeship models such as ours are becoming a favored choice because it puts the logistics of finding apprentices, educating them, and providing on-the-job training on us. Because we specialize in this operating model, Bitwise fills a previously overlooked need by facilitating training that can be tailored to an organization and offering a path to success for an underemployed and under-represented workforce.

All of this, combined with prioritizing the expansion of broadband access, is how we begin to “close the digital divide” to rural, urban, suburban, and tribal communities who have been left behind in the digital economy. California and New York are leading the nation in pushing increased access to broadband services for underserved communities, with New York investing half a billion dollars to achieve this goal. Policymakers today have a monumental opportunity to influence how the digital infrastructure of the nation is rebuilt and create a diverse and representative future tech workforce in the process.

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Our Capital Story

Bitwise Industries’ mission is twofold. First, we aim to lift up underrepresented populations and economies in underestimated cities by teaching people marketable tech skills, then paying them to master their craft; the second part is even more critical; by creating a sustainable workforce model, Bitwise is beginning to chip away at centuries of systemic poverty, racism, and structural inequity by creative access to technology opportunities where there wasn’t access before.

By bringing together five different, discrete types of capital: venture capital, program and mission-related debt, corporate revenue, and philanthropic and government grants and partnerships–Bitwise is able to serve more cities, uplift more economies, and impact more lives. By strategically convening these capital sources, we’re able to help make regional economies more competitive, help make innovation ecosystems more productive, and increase gross regional product. Our unique model leverages multiple sources of capital to improve returns on investment, and more importantly, cause massive positive impact in the communities we serve.

Every dollar invested is powerfully put to work to fulfill the Bitwise mission. Lifting economies, pivoting workforce paradigms, and breaking down the framework of systemic structural inequity takes a monumental effort, but Bitwise Industries rises to the challenge.

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The Bitwise Model

  • Technology Services

    Technology Services is our custom development department dedicated to building world-class technology solutions for both government and private-sector clients that want to scale quickly. Our team makes it a point to immerse ourselves in your business and its complexities, and this is how we’ve helped hundreds of our clients successfully deploy proven mobile and web app strategies to grow quickly.

    Community is the heart of everything we develop when it comes to technology services. By helping to build and develop software to lift underserved populations, we boost and transform regional economies. We’re building the foundations of people’s lives and communities by creating pathways to high-paying, high-growth opportunities in the technology industry.

  • Revitalization

    Revitalization

    “We need vibrant spaces that meet the aspirations of technologists and entrepreneurs, so we build castles for the underdogs. We buy blighted buildings in our downtowns for pennies on the dollar, improve them, lease them back out to ourselves and others in the technology industry.” – Irma Olguin Jr., “The tech-forward rejuvenation of underdog cities,” TED 2021

    Revitalization is at the heart of our brick and mortar locations. We dedicate ourselves to the underrepresented and underestimated, and that includes every building on each of our expansion campuses. There’s something inherently beautiful about seeing what was once an abandoned building on the corner of downtown become the headquarters for a homegrown technology startup—bringing fresh ideas and new opportunities to the surrounding community.

History of Bitwise

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2013

Irma Olguin Jr. and Jake Soberal launch Geekwise Academy–a small, affordable coding bootcamp in the Mural District of downtown Fresno which began the Bitwise Industries tech movement.

2015

Bitwise opens South Stadium, a new 50,000-square-foot home base perfect for accommodating a growing young start-up and other entrepreneurs.

2018

Most recognizable by its 360-degree rainbow honeycomb mural, the Bitwise Hive opens up to host even more local businesses, as well as serving as a vibrant beacon for downtown.

2019

Bitwise|41 opens with three stories and ample outdoor space for both building tenants and Bitwise spaces–including a cowork space for local community members in and out of downtown Fresno. Bitwise attains Series A funding of $27M.

2022

Bitwise announces five new expansion cities nationwide: Buffalo, NY; El Paso, TX; Greeley, CO; and Las Cruces, NM.

2021

Bitwise announces the Digital New Deal, launches its rebranded apprenticeship program, and receives Series B funding of $50M. Bitwise expands outside of California to Toledo, Ohio.

2013

Irma Olguin Jr. and Jake Soberal launch Geekwise Academy–a small, affordable coding bootcamp in the Mural District of downtown Fresno which began the Bitwise Industries tech movement.

2015

Bitwise opens South Stadium, a new 50,000-square-foot home base perfect for accommodating a growing young start-up and other entrepreneurs.

2018

Most recognizable by its 360-degree rainbow honeycomb mural, the Bitwise Hive opens up to host even more local businesses, as well as serving as a vibrant beacon for downtown.

2019

Bitwise|41 opens with three stories and ample outdoor space for both building tenants and Bitwise spaces–including a cowork space for local community members in and out of downtown Fresno. Bitwise attains Series A funding of $27M.

2021

Bitwise announces the Digital New Deal, launches its rebranded apprenticeship program, and receives Series B funding of $50M. Bitwise expands outside of California to Toledo, Ohio.

Bitwise announces five new expansion cities nationwide: Buffalo, NY; El Paso, TX; Greeley, CO; and Las Cruces, NM.

2022

By the Numbers

  • Humans Trained

    3000+

    Three thousand plus students have walked through our doors and have secured jobs in the tech industry as a result of their training.

  • Locations

    10+

    While our HQ will always be Fresno, Bitwise has been hard at work building tech economies all over California and beyond.

  • Dollars Raised

    $100 Million+

    Venture firms from all over the country see the difference Bitwise makes and they invest their dollars in helping us expand that vision.

  • Cities

    100+

    Bitwise has planted seeds all over the United States. We have members of the Bitwise family working in-office and remotely all over the U.S.

  • Partnerships

    30+

    Partnerships are a huge part of how Bitwise engages with the community—working with companies or government entities large and small keep us connected.

  • Portfolio Companies

    3

    From real estate to tattoo scheduling, we believe in establishing and investing in good ideas–digital tools that help our communities thrive.

Awards

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    "Is Diversity Your Competitive Edge?" corporate winner
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    Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative
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    Social Impact Award
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    Male Ally of the Year: Jake
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    Best Workplaces for Women
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    Companies that Care
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    Fastest Growing Companies in America
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    Best Small and Medium Workplaces
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    Best Workplace for Millennials
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    Best Workplace in Technology List
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    Nominate Your Neighbor: Bitwise Industries
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    Websites and Mobile Sites - Corporate Social Responsibility, honoree: OnwardCA
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    List for Best Startup Employers
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    Most Innovative Companies - Corporate Responsibility
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    Brands That Matter
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    Inspiring Leader: Irma
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    Inspiring Workplace of the Year finalist, North America
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    Entrepreneur of the Year finalists, Northern California: Irma & Jake
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    Queer 50 List: Irma
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    Remarkable Woman of 2021: Irma
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    National Latino Leader: Irma
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    Technology Rising Star: Irma

Corporate Culture

At Bitwise Industries, we are in the business of being human. At the heart of our business model is cultivating and supporting the human spirit in all phases of life–and this begins with cultivating a workforce built from populations that are traditionally overlooked by the technology industry. When we say we’re in the business of being human, we mean it: our company culture is molded by the philosophy that we are humans of all makes and models–hundreds of humans, all deeply different, and still united by the Bitwise mission of ensuring a sense of purpose and belonging for all employees.

We are built on a culture of caring, and leading by example when it comes to being open and honest about mental health and wellness. Our leadership prioritizes creating a dialogue that addresses the heaviness of struggling with anxiety or depression, and peels away at the stigma surrounding mental illness. This attitude, in addition to the additional commitment that provides wellness benefits and amenities like full-scale Nerf gun battles, or celebrating hump day with a waffle breakfast or a community lunch once a month, keeps company culture at the forefront of the Bitwise mission.

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