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Month: September 2016

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Why using your initials is a B.S. way to fix sexism

Sexism comes in all shades. Sometimes it’s obvious. Other times it’s more subtle — and that can be far scarier. As a tech reporter covering the beat for years, I’ve had plenty of moments where I realize the game is different based on…

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Harassment of Our Authors is Not Ok: A Conversation

A few months ago, we received an email from a 16 year old young woman, asking to publish in the Code Like A Girl publication. That Sunday night, we posted her phenomenal story about how she teaches elderly people how…

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10 Ways To Win at Diversity

This is how you’ll feel after your tech company proves it’s the best at diversity. It’s never too late to prove your company is the best If you’re running a tech company, diversity is kind of a big deal. But it’s…

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Calling All Moms: Stop Saying That!

Last week I received an email from my daughter’s school asking if I would volunteer to help with “math enrichment.” Kids in her fourth grade class that are deemed to have a significant aptitude for math are given extra (presumably…

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What they don’t tell you in startup schools

There isn’t a startup school. Not yet. Or not that I know of (and that just might be my next startup!) But one thing at a time. This is what I learned in the two weeks since we launched Memontage….

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Responses to “Hi, I’m a software engineer” and why they need to change

After telling people what I do for a living, I usually get one of the following responses: a)You actually write the code? b)Are you sure?You mean you are a product manager right? c)Really?NO WAY! The reactions received concerning my introduction have got…

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The Women in Product

(Picture credit: Sheryl Sandberg’s FB Post.) Sheryl Sandberg, with Deb Lui and Fidji Simo, co-founders of Women in Product (to her left and right) Product people are eternal optimists. We believe we have a solution for almost every problem. We can…

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Why the narrative of sexism among Bangalore startups needs more nuance and more voices

Couple of days ago, I read Shrabonti Bagchi’s article in FactorDaily about how startups in Bangalore are disrupting everything but sexism. I put my laptop aside to examine once again what was it about the article that disturbed me so much….

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Where to Get Experience When You Have No Experience

Freshly hatched out of college. Unless you’re a recent grad from one of the top universities in the world, chances are you’re in an employment rut because… ALL THE OPENINGS WANT EXPERIENCE! For some reason, unless you are from a big name…

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Why greater diversity in tech will help us all — inspiring women to pursue technology careers

Helping more women to explore technology careers is not just a case of being ‘the right thing to do’. Promoting the value of diversity and inclusion is also about more than merely giving women the same encouragement and opportunities that men…

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Designing a Workplace Beyond Gender

Technology can help drive innovation, but the businesses model of the future needs to be built around diversity. It’s all too easy to get discouraged when, year after year, reports come out showing that the gender pay gap lingers around…

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Pair programming: Absurd or nah?

I adore having a preconceived notion and then changing my mind after gaining a new perspective. When this happens I get a great opportunity to laugh at myself and am again reminded that hey, I don’t always know everything I…

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How I Found a Job That Makes Me Feel Good As a Developer and a Person

I started out as an English major who wanted to change the world. I hoped to become a professor who could write a groundbreaking book, maybe about feminism, or gender, or race, or sexuality, or postcolonial theory, or something else…

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Four reasons not to go to a technical Meetup

Don’t let practical obstacles prevent you from going to a technical Meetup. (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Labirinth_schonbrunn.JPG) Professional development is something that we all need to spend a lot of time on if we want to keep up with the advances in technology and…

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Secrets to Amplifying your Own Voice

Code Like a Girl has been fortunate enough to have over 100 writers. We love having different perspectives and ideas come to light and we love the discussions that come out of it. The goal for us is to amplify the…

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I am not a robot, I just play one at work

This morning as I checked out the news feed on my LinkedIn account, I came across a post by a recruiter relating her experience with a candidate. She mentioned how she contacted the candidate with a position opening and he…

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Defining your MVP: the ever-raging war

And here I go. AGAIN. Always inciting the Wars of the Internet. I’ve had an overflow of articles and discussions on the last few weeks about what is and what isn’t an MVP. Some of the core arguments involve these ideas:…

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Why I didn’t quit my job to start my company

There’s a lot of talk about entrepreneurship and start-ups these days. Our parents dreamt of the gold watch at the 50-mark, but today we are set on Zuckerbergian dreams instead. And to do that, common thought suggests, you must go all-in….