dreaming BIGGER: Help me Help US

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Raised by 52 people in 42 months
Krys Freeman  OAKLAND, CA
I believe that technology is a tool for radical change. So: I took a leap, quit my job and enrolled in a class to grow my tech skills in order to create the change I'd like to see in our communities. Will you help me cover the cost of this class? In exchange, I offer my existing skills and my time.

Your Passion Can Change Your World
"After graduating from Occidental in the throes of a recession, and moving to the Bay Area from LA with literally nothing, my passion for technology was how I pulled myself out of poverty. I was able to get a job "“ and work through it "“ while also creating a life for myself using self-taught tech in my spare time." But, now, I dream of doing even more.

Dream Big.
I've been able to get myself pretty far with my self taught technology skills - I've done really awesome work with lots of great people. I own more than a dozen domain names. I've built probably just as many websites, facebook pages and twitter accounts to match - a lot of those for a lot of you all. I've been directly involved with producing a handful of hackathons, contributed to a few apps, advised on the product development of a few others and successfully prototyped one of my own. And yet, I'm sure I can be doing more.

There is web development that I have not done - information I do not have, doors that (even for a techie like me) need a little more prying before they're fully open.

Dream Bigger.
In September, I signed up for a class in "Product Management" at General Assembly in San Francisco. It meets twice weekly and lasts for 10 weeks.

At the end of the class I will be expected to present my project idea to the class for feedback, and thereafter, will move the app from idea to application - starting here in the Bay Area.

My Project is called Hella Rides
Hella Rides is a carpool mobile app that lets all of us get where we need to go, on time and at prices we can afford.


Today - I humbly ask for your support. In order to execute my project ideas - and yours.

In exchange for your gifts, I'd like to offer mine
I've created a variety of rewards that will allow me to provide my resources in exchange for your support. In some cases, it is putting you in touch with some of the other amazing people that I know here in the Bay Area (or around the world). In other moments it is exchange for a skillshare offering (more soon).

For higher price points, I will provide a 1-on-1 tech strategy session for you (or someone you choose) or use my skills to build you something.

Time is Money
When I landed in the Bay Area I went from having no jobs and no contacts, to three jobs and a growing group of amazing friends. Each year I got closer to doing work that was not only in my sweet spot of technology and project management skills, but also in line with my pursuit of strategic ways to drive efficiency around issues I care about: accurate representation visibility for gay and transgender people, environmental sustainability, and social change, just to name a few.

I am making a decision to start that journey over, with a clearer set of objectives, a larger network of contact to help me bring these ideas to fruition and... hopefully... you in my corner.

Thank you for reading, contributing what you can AND sharing with your friends.

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Update 4
Posted by Krys Freeman
41 months ago
I'm not sure how gratitude is best quantified, but I have to say I am humbled, over and over again by each and everyone of you that have contributed to this effort. I'm almost halfway to my goal!

I'm STILL taking feedback, happy to answer your questions about the app and generally want to hear from you!

Also, I have a few more rewards to add for the non-techies out there. Interested in a public speaking coaching session? Need a fresh fade and a connect?

Something else? Let me know, I'll tap my network for the folks who have the skills, and get a reward added to make it happen!

UPDATE: Next week I will pitch HeLLa Rides to my class. I've been user testing the app with dozens of folks, at the VERGE conference last week, at the Black Girls Code App Workshop, as well as the Who's Who in Tech Diversity Mixer last weekend.

I'll ask my classmates to tape it so I can share it with ya'll for feedback.

Until we next chat... THANK YOU. SO. MUCH. for your support and believing in me.

P.S. Happy Halloween
@StephenJCogswell (twitter) the Corgie
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Update 3
Posted by Krys Freeman
42 months ago
Thank you to all of the contributors over the weekend: Stephan Mitchell, Eb Brown, Renicia Gray, Ms. Rosetta Coley, Moya Bailey and a few awesome folks who prefer to remain anonymous.

Every last offering is helpful and I am grateful to each of you for encouraging me forward.

UPDATE: I recently completed a second pass on creating an interactive demo (recent as in yesterday). I know at least Ms. Rosetta has had an opportunity to test out the original version - but this one's even better.

For those of you who haven't yet, feel free to give it a spin. (Hint: It is best viewed on your mobile phone.) I'd love to hear any feedback or questions you have: http://invis.io/7NIQIDGC

Add it on the platform OR send it directly via email.

P.S. With the gracious support of a bunch of entrepreneurs in my midst, we'll be adding a few more rewards to make this effort more accessible to potential contributors that may not need web work right now. Stay tuned!
HeLLa Rides Interactive Demo: 10.13.2013
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Update 2
Posted by Krys Freeman
42 months ago
I want to give a huge thanks to my most recent Angel Funders: Sé Sullivan, Kim Glanville, Mekhi Baldwin, Kelly Lewis and Elliot Owen.

Thank you ALL for respectively being really awesome people in my life, for supporting my work and contributing to my vision.

UPDATE: I just completed an early pass at wireframes for my carpool mobile app #HeLLaRides. Will your commute be impacted if a BARTStrike happens? Will you tell me how in the comments below?
Hella Rides wireframes. Draft 1.
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Update 1
Posted by Krys Freeman
42 months ago
I am so grateful for the positive affirmations from each and every person that has given, or posted dreaming BIGGER to their networks. THANK YOU.

I attached quick look at the print I created as a member of CUAV's "Love and Justice Project" in 2009.
I'll be shipping the print out to a bunch of you awesome folks who contributed! And I'm sending this one of it's kind framed reward to Rachel Messer. Thanks for believing in me Rachel!

Unfamiliar with CUAV - Communities United Against Violence? Learn more about the radical work they do to transform violence and oppression in queer communities.

The framed CUAV print for Rachel Messer
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Carrie Kholi
42 months ago

So excited for you ... from your number 1 fan! Also ... if anyone's interested in seeing any of Krys' web work before purchasing any of the tumblr specials, check these sites out --> http://khafra.co + http://ardorbrand.com + http://lulamaebakes.com + http://shop.oaklandsurfclub.com ... and I'm sure she'll be willing to show you other client work.

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$2,795 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 52 people in 42 months
Created October 8, 2013
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2009 CUAV Print
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Original "My First Love" screen print from my "Love + Justice" fellowship at CUAV in 2009
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Comped enrollment for one of my skillshare classes + a handwritten thank you note
Social Screen
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Original CUAV screen print + 3 promotional posts via social channels for a project of your choice
CUAV '09 Framed
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Framed Original CUAV Screen print from 2009 Love + Justice Fellowship
Contact Share
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Tell me your professional/personal goals and I'll email you with at least 3 contacts to help you get there
Chatty Kathy
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1hr phone consult re: your web or social media project
Khafra Lite
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Khafra closet consult + $20 credit toward a purchase on http://khafra.co
Khafra Special
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1hr closet consult, style consult + personal shopping (no labor fees)
Tumblr Launch
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Comped enrollment for my tumblr website skillshare class + 1-on-1 follow-up session
One to One
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Up to 3hrs of one-on-one instructional time to walkthrough your Tumblr setup
Tumblr Special
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Comped enrollment for one of my skillshare classes + I'll build you a 3 page tumblr starter site
Tumblr Luxe
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5 page tumblr starter site + 5hrs of PR and marketing support from the ArdorBrand
Shopify Lite
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I'll set up a theme, help you configure your gateways and load up to 10 products in your new shopify e-commerce website.
Retainer Client
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At this level, you become a 3 month retainer client with up to 5hrs/mo of Koder IT web support and 3 hrs/mo Ardor Brand digital marketing
37 months ago(Offline Donation)
Justi HR
37 months ago

Happy Birthday, Krys. Proud of you, friend!

40 months ago
Shesmybarber Booker
41 months ago

Thanks for answering my random tech questions. Continue to thrive!

41 months ago
Siaira Harris
41 months ago
Chanda Jones
41 months ago(Offline Donation)

"I came here to give you this."

Stacy Villalta
41 months ago

Buena Suerte!

Karen Smith
41 months ago(Offline Donation)

May abundance be yours as you work to change your own life and thereby change your community and then the world.

Alexander Fortier
41 months ago

I wish you the best!

Carrie Kholi
42 months ago

So excited for you ... from your number 1 fan! Also ... if anyone's interested in seeing any of Krys' web work before purchasing any of the tumblr specials, check these sites out --> http://khafra.co + http://ardorbrand.com + http://lulamaebakes.com + http://shop.oaklandsurfclub.com ... and I'm sure she'll be willing to show you other client work.

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