What is San Diego Tech Hub?
San Diego Tech Hub represents a movement aimed at changing the perception of the San Diego tech ecosystem. Our focus is to be a conduit for change connecting businesses, organizations, and individuals, leveraging their resources and talents to build a stronger San Diego tech community through collaboration.
Claude Jones has a passion for creating opportunities for others to succeed. This passion was shaped by the adversities he faced in his youth. Not knowing his birth father, Claude was raised by his mother and step-father. His upbringing was harsh, both of his parents worked so he was responsible for taking care of his 3 younger siblings, he faced verbal and physical abuse at home and racism in his community. Feeling like the weight of the world was on his shoulders, he would constantly wonder if the world would be a better place without him in it.
When all hope seemed lost, things changed in the Spring of 1989. A school counselor noticed something in Claude. He pulled him in, created a supportive environment, encouraged him to believe in himself, and provided a structure and example of setting and achieve goals. This transformative act of acknowledgment set the tone for Claude and helped shape who he is today.
Based on his personal experiences, Claude's philosophy in life is "perseverance will help you overcome all obstacles". From a young age Claude has been paving his own way, overcoming obstacles with the help of mentors and coaches. From starting his first business at age 12 to raise money for a video game console, to being a self-taught developer, his personal motivation to better himself created opportunities for him to take advantage of various situations. And through his blessings he would like to pay it forward by creating opportunities for others that might need a helping hand.
Today, Claude Jones is a seasoned technical leader with over 15 years of experience. He is currently the site lead for Walmart Labs in Carlsbad helping to contribute to the growing tech culture here in San Diego. In addition, Claude continues to pay it forward. In his spare time he runs the Elevate Foundation, an organization he started focused on giving back to the community by helping others in need. He started The Practical Leadership Guy where he offers free services for motivational speaking, life coaching, and his thoughts through his blog to encouraging others to be the best they can be.
Claude sees San Diego Tech Hub as an extension of his passions to continue bringing people together for the greater good. In Claude's own words "We should never wait for opportunities to come when we can create them for ourselves."
San Diego Tech Hub
Is San Diego a tech hub? That was the question I asked on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 to a small group of passionate professionals looking to make a difference in the San Diego tech community. As the discussion concluded, we realized we were missing a unified tech front. We agreed San Diego had some “tech hubbing” going on across Downtown, Sorrento Valley, and North County, however, these tech communities were operating in a silo. This begged the question, “what could be accomplished if we ALL worked together?”.
That thought sparked a movement towards change -- Was it possible to bring the San Diego tech community together for the betterment of businesses, organizations, and individuals with the common goal of changing the perception of what it means to be a tech hub for San Diego?
We had our mission -- Be conduits for change, by helping to build a stronger San Diego tech community through collaboration. Our goal is not to duplicate efforts, but rather bridge gaps and encourage connections to drive transformative change across the tech community within San Diego.
We are Conduits. We are Change. We are San Diego.
Businesses, Organizations, and Individuals are isolated from each other preventing true end to end collaboration.
Lack of consistency based on preconceived notions about something or someone that may be favorable or unfavorable based on circumstance.
The willingness to blindly follow and preserve the existing state of affairs without question.
solving challenges in our tech ecosystem
The path forward will be challenging, but with a community of individual leaders working together, we all can help address the three issues San Diego Tech Hub feels is hindering our tech ecosystem.
rebuild communities. uplift individuals. inspire others.
Our goal is to help Rebuild, Uplift, and Inspire communities and the people within them. These are the core founder principles that started with the Elevate Foundation and are translated to drive the WHY, HOW, and WHAT vision of San Diego Tech Hub.
Why: the Purpose
Build a stronger San Diego tech community
How: the Process
Evangelize our community, promote collaboration, and amplify our tech presence
What: the Result
Drive meaningful change through the five pillars of tech excellence to enable a thriving San Diego tech community