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The Unicorn Engineer Newsletter ๐Ÿฆ„๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป โ€” Issue #1

Frances Coronel
Frances Coronel
Hola! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿฝ
If youโ€™re receiving this, youโ€™ve opted into receiving emails from me at one point. ๐Ÿ“จ
This is the first time Iโ€™ve emailed something out in a very long time, so if youโ€™re wondering who the heck I am, I get that! ๐Ÿ™ˆ
This newsletter will come no more than once a month and will primarily focus on what Iโ€™m most passionate about these days outside of work โ€”ย elevating and supporting Latinx in tech, employee resource groups, and apprenticeship programs. ๐Ÿš€
The name โ€œThe Unicorn Engineerโ€ comes from the phrase โ€œunicorn,โ€ which is used to describe the statistical anomaly of a startup reaching a $1B valuation. I felt similarly as a Latina working as a software engineer at Slack at the time that I first coined myself โ€œa unicorn working for another unicornโ€ for a talk at JSConf EU in 2019. Plus, itโ€™s catchy! ๐Ÿฆ„
Iโ€™ll also likely throw in some personal and career learnings as well. ๐ŸŽ“
Who am I?
  • Aspiring Software Engineering Leader๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿ’ป
  • Peruvian-American ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
  • Fierce Advocate for Diversity in Tech ๐Ÿ’›
  • Corgi Mom ๐Ÿพ
In more wordsโ€ฆ Iโ€™m currently a senior software engineer at this tiny startup called Byteboard. Weโ€™re trying to create an alternative to the traditional data structure and algorithm (DSA) interview that software engineers have to grind for.
I previously worked for roughly four years as a software engineer specializing in UI development and lead generation on the Customer Acquisition Team atย Slack.
I also served on the leadership team of Techqueria during the same time. Techqueria is a nonprofit serving the largest community of Latinx professionals in tech.
I have been working professionally as a developer since 2015 and hold a Bachelorโ€™s in Computer Science fromย Hampton Universityย and a Masterโ€™s in Computer Science fromย Cornell Tech.
I currently reside in Inglewood with my partner and two Corgis, Luna & Sueรฑo.

Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month! ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ
Iโ€™d love to collaborate with others during this amazing month as I have plans to share resources and host events on different topics.
Schedule
  • 9/20 - Sharing resources for Latinx K-12 students interested in tech
  • 9/22 - Sharing resources for Latinx college students majoring in computer science
  • 9/26 - Sharing a list of Latinx influencers in tech you should follow on LinkedIn
  • 9/27 - Sharing resources for Latinx trying to break into tech through
  • 9/28 - LinkedIn Live event on Raising Your Visibility with Mary Despe
  • 9/29 - Sharing resources for Latinx in tech professionals in the workplace
  • 10/3 - Sharing resources for Latina software engineers
  • 10/5 - LinkedIn Live event on Software Engineer Career Advice with Melisa Im
  • 10/6 - Sharing resources for Latinx ERG leaders
  • 10/10 - Celebrating Indigenous Peopleโ€™s Day
  • 10/11 - Sharing resources for Latinx interested in VC
  • 10/13 - Sharing resources for Latinx interested in entrepreneurship
Ways you can get involved
(1) Discuss your experience on one of these topics via a LinkedIn Live event and take questions from the audience as well (recorded live stream)
(2) Share resources related to any of the relevant topics above (I will be giving a shout-out to folks who share resources in the posts)
I have a subscription to Canva Pro and Riverside.FM, so Iโ€™ll be able to create high-quality content! If youโ€™re interested or know someone who would be a great fit, DM me or reply to this email. ๐ŸŽ‰
What I've Been Working On (Outside of Work) ๐Ÿ› ๏ธ
(1) Published my thoughts on a value framework for open source maintainers as a GitHub Guide
ONWARD: A framework for maintaining maintainers ยท GitHub
(2) Created a Twitter list of Latinas who code for a living โ€” DM me on Twitter if youโ€™re interested in being added
@FrancesCoronel/Latinas Who Code / Twitter
(3) Formed an LLC for my freelancing gigs
Frances Coronel LLC on LinkedIn: I've been freelancing since 2015 and am excited to share that I'mโ€ฆ
Latest Byte Sized Learnings ๐ŸŽ“
Design systems are great, and itโ€™s never too early to get started using them, even if your engineering team is smaller than 5 people ๐Ÿ–Œ
Selling an old car via a company like Bidlane is the easy option and is worth it since youโ€™re avoiding all the hassle of selling a car ๐Ÿ’ธ
If you have a very Type A personality, taking care of dogs can help make you more chill and simultaneously be a fun way to destress ๐Ÿพ
I made the switch to WordPress a few years ago after having my website be a labor of open source love on GitHub for years, and upon reflection, maintaining my website used to be such a time suck, and Iโ€™m so grateful itโ€™s easier now ๐Ÿ˜Œ
How communication is done from the top (leadership) is essential to establishing a healthy work culture ๐Ÿ’ฌ
Free Mentorship Calls ๐Ÿ“ž
Iโ€™m temporarily offering 30-minute mentor sessions for free until October 15th.
In the past, I would charge money for these, but Iโ€™m eager to talk with more people aligned with my passion projects.
If you are an ERG leader, Iโ€™d especially love to hear from you as I plan to reach out to ERG leads for paid user interviews.
You can book a call using the link below. ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿฝ๏ธ
30-Minute Chat - Frances Coronel
That's it!
That wraps up my first issue.
Again, donโ€™t hesitate to reach out to collaborate on resources and events for Latinx Heritage Month.
And finally, Iโ€™m always open to feedback and suggestions on content as I get this little newsletter ramped up.
Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ’›
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Frances Coronel
Frances Coronel

I'll share personal and career learnings, advice, collaboration opportunities, and more in this newsletter. ๐Ÿ“จ

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