In 2013, Irma L. Olguin Jr. decided to build a company focused on creating a diverse tech industry in Fresno, California, and leveraging a bottom-up approach as the economic driver to reinvigorate the city. In 2019, Bitwise Industries secured one of the largest series A rounds of funding ever for a female Latinx-led company. Pairing this success with the dogged sense that what she created in the Central Valley doesn’t need to be an “accident,” Bitwise Industries now operates with the goal of building tech economies in underestimated cities across the United States.

As CEO and co-founder, Irma oversees Bitwise Ventures, which houses the company’s portfolio companies, as well as the screening and interviewing of all employment candidates and apprentices for Bitwise Industries. Her goal is to ensure Bitwise remains faithful to its mission of strengthening the tech industry in cities across the country and turning it into a driver of real economic progress for all.

Prior to Bitwise, Irma created 59DaysOfCode, a software development competition to highlight and encourage individuals from all walks of life to participate in the Central Valley’s blossoming tech industry. She also co-founded Hashtag, an open workspace for designers, developers, and entrepreneurs to collaborate.

Summits Attended: 2021 Debug

Diverse representation is a priority for us. We're proud to say that our Summit speakers are 80% queer women, 50% women of color, 25% Black & Latinx, and 15% transgender and gender nonconforming.