David Silva is a web developer and founder of Techqueria, the largest community of Latinx professionals in the tech industry, with over 18,000 members. In this episode, we explore his tech path, from learning to code as a young child in Colombia to studying religion in Israel, working in startups in San Francisco, and finally settling in New York. We also talk about how difficult it can be to start a business as a minority and how important it is to find and create a community.
David is passionate about communities, originally from Colombia they've also lived in Israel, Miami, San Francisco and now in New York. They have attended Burning Man since 2015, including the renegade in 2021. They're and artist and part of the Kostume Kult collective, works as a consultant software engineer and is the founder of Techqueria, the largest community for latinx in tech.
(01:27) - Icebreaker questions: David’s philosophy and mindset, his latest obsession, and the two words that describe him the most.
(10:46) - Introducing David Silva: a man who is always around education and goes wherever his curiosity leads him.
(14:45) - David’s journey to engineering.
(17:14) - The biggest challenges of owning a consulting firm and working as a freelancer.
(23:21) - The motivation behind TETA: a safe community for Latinos who work in tech.
(30:17 ) - The importance of finding a community to encourage and empower one another.