Archive for January, 2012

Startup Scene in Europe

I've spent the past month working from Europe, spending most of my time in Paris and some in London.  I know there are more cities such as ones in Germany and Israel that also have startup scenes will visit them soon!  I thought I'd share my learnings from Paris and London, what founders care about, and even give a little commentary on what it would take for these scenes to grow. Accessibility There's a common misconception that's been perpetuated that there is a ... Read more

Whats Does a User Experience Specialist Do?

Despite being a code loving femgineer I secretly harbor a prediliction for design and focus on user experience, which is why I read books like John Maeda's The Laws of Simplicity, Donald Norman's Design of Everyday Things, design infographics (What its like to be a Yoga Instructor  in the US?, What does it cost to pursue your passion?, Studio Stats), and am obsessed with prototyping.   I think its just my innate desire to be creative.  For those who are like ... Read more

Trauma Doesn’t Need to Lead to Drama

I got hit by a van. It happened two days ago as I was walking across a very short crosswalk on Kingsway road in London moments after I left a cafe after having bought a cup of tea. I actually didn't even realize what had happened to me until I had been knocked over, the tea went flying out of my hand, I landed on the ground, and the left front tire of the van was on my left leg. That's ... Read more

Stop the Protectionist States of America

Dear Femgineer Readers, For those of you who want to learn more about what Protect IP and SOPA are, here is a video on the topic: PROTECT IP / SOPA Breaks The Internet from Fight for the Future on Vimeo. If you are interested in stopping the the government from continuing to take away more and more of our liberties you can also sign the petition at the end of the video. Sincerely, Poornima Vijayashanker Coder with Conviction Read more