My name is James Green and I am the founder of FixmyKix. I was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland. I amcurrently attending Merritt Community College and I plan to transfer to an HBCU (Historically Black College/University) to major in Business Administration.
I am a huge SneakerHead! I got into sneakers my freshman year of high school, as I was finding myself, developing my own style, and exploring San Francisco more. After collecting sneakers for about a year, I finally bought a pair of sneakers (Air Jordan “Bred” 4’s), that needed to be restored. However, this was before I was aware of sneaker restoration so I ended up taking them to an old school shoe cobbler. Big mistake, he painted my sneakers wrong! From that moment on I decided to learn about quality sneaker restoration. I started doing my own restoration, then my friend’s, and before I knew it I had started my own small business. During the summer of 2016, I was making pretty good money from sneakers. But I was overwhelmed with the amount of work I had and frustrated about the challenges I was having with marketing my work and service.
Around this same time I was having my first real economic opportunity ever. I was being exposed to technology creation through this amazing program called the Hidden Genius Project, which trains and mentors black male youth in entrepreneurship, technology creation, and leadership skills to transform their lives and communities. My need for marketing support combined with my experience in app development led me to create FixmyKix.
FixmyKix is an online marketplace, where sneakerheads can find the dopest sneaker artist profiles and do business with them. FixmyKix is getting rid of all the wasted time spent going from app to app trying to find quality sneaker restoration and custom kicks. It also provides a marketplace for a skill that a lot of low income youth and young people can learn and love (art/ sneakers). This platform opens up the space for young people to learn these skills, while being able to practice entrepreneurship in a healthy manner that doesn’t put their freedom at risk.