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Pushing the conversation on gender equality.

Month: July 2016

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To all the First Dudes

I have been glued to the Democratic National Convention (DNC). When Hillary Rodham Clinton came on stage last night I teared up. This is a woman, who in 1979 was told/asked by a reporter that “One gets the impression that…

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A rollercoaster ride in product management

Buckle up and enjoy the ride! Do you hear the thrilling sound of the gears as they lock in the tracks? You gaze ahead and see the uphill metal lines that pave the way. Those are the tracks for the early…

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It’s not life or death

I’ve been doing a lot of coffees and dinners with old friends and also attending events as a mentor for college students and entrepreneurs. There’s an interesting pattern in the type of conversations I’m having. Whether they’re 22 and picking…

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The start of my computer career:

A long time ago in a place far from where I am now I don’t remember not knowing what a computer is. That probably comes from having a mother who loved science fiction a father who was an engineer. Between knowing…

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I am woman. Hear me Tech!

Me in my happy place! I have a confession to make: I am a woman and I don’t work in the tech industry. I’m actually a Registered Nurse and I am currently working towards my Masters in Nursing to become a Nurse…

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The gender wage gap in Silicon Valley

The intro from HBO’s Silicon Valley If you live in Silicon Valley (or San Francisco) as I do, you hear about inequality issues all the time, especially about the gender wage gap. In social injustices, I’m just a theorist. Born white and…

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Being an Imposter Woman in Tech

When people talk about women in technical fields, we’re often represented as strong women who have beaten the odds. I see us as people who have stood up against stereotypes and often overcome blatant discrimination. We are these strong beacons…

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The Power of The Reboot — From Ghostbusters to Product Management

Who you're gonna call? So what’s the deal with reboots? We all love the classics and that’s not supposed to be a bad thing. We love things that are familiar, after all humans learn by recognizing patterns and applying previously successful…

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Want to Contribute to Code Like A Girl?

Here’s What You Need to Know We would love to add your story to our publication. This means your story become part of Code Like A Girl and will be associated with the publication’s name and existing content. Your story will then…

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Don’t just look for mentors. Look for sponsors.

The long-term impact of a sponsor is different than that of a mentor. Make sure you have both. We’re often told about the value of mentorship as women. We hear about it as we grow up, and many companies and organizations…

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Did Someone Say Coding is not for Girls?

Here are some inspiring quotes from a new breed of Indian girls who code: Kruti Mohan, on her future plans Deepali Adlakha, on how she got into coding Janani Padmanabhan, on her coding experience Astha Agarwal, on why coding makes her tick Mansi Gupta,…

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Open Your Eyes, The Talent Is Out There Edition

The WSJ story “Facebook Blames Lack of Available Talent for Diversity Problem” was a WTW turn-back-the-clock moment for me. Let me explain — and indulge me with a personal story. It’s early January 2012. A cold, wintery evening — the sort of evening that…

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The crime of estimating value

My very own Ivan Drago I guess you ate your vegetables as a kid, huh? As a Product Owner, I have consistently encountered one single difficulty to which I still haven’t found a perfect solution. That difficulty is to measure ROI when…

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Go See Ghostbusters Because It Matters

On Ghostbusters: I have to say something, I have to, because for the first time in my life I felt something that I had never felt before. I sat in that theatre and though I’ve been watching movies my entire…

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7 Steps to Overcome the Negative Feedback Spiral

Criticism is the worst. There, I said it. The people-pleaser in me wears a brave front, but inevitably, my inner overachiever starts bawling the second a boss or a supervisor says, “This isn’t quite good enough; I think you can…

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Harassment of our Authors is Not OK

Yesterday we posted a fantastic story by a 16 year old female developer. I posted it on hacker news after we put it into our publication, which I do for most Code Like A Girl Stories. It exploded on hacker…

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Inside the Data Science Summit 2016: 1400 Data Scientists and Practitioners together

This was my first time attending the Data Science Summit in SF, presented by Turi. It was a great experience overall, interesting sessions, good networking and well, San Fransisco! What/Who is Turi? Turi is a Seattle-based Machine learning company, formerly called…

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How to go about networking 1:1

Networking is Hard. Going to networking events, randomly meeting new people and following up can be very time consuming and unfulfilling. I have been to a couple of these – everyone exchanges their business cards and makes tons of promises…