By David Grieser
You hear the loud-pitched fire alarm going off, alerting you of smoke… It could be real fire! Fortunately in most cases it’s just over-cooked food.
Now imagine burning food every week, day, meal, or hour! The battery in your fire alarm might just give up. Or you, tired of the annoying and incessant sound, might just pull the plug!
While we’re quick to pull the plug on fire alarms, why have we let them become the driving force for software development?
By Justin Reyes
It’s no question that many startups are embracing lean methodologies and maintaining a lean culture as they grow and scale. One such company is Gumroad. Despite receiving a large round of VC funding they have kept a lean engineering team.
Gumroad is a platform that lets individuals easily sell their digital goods. One just needs to create a digital product, upload it to Gumroad, and then Gumroad takes care of the rest! It creates a simple link to the digital ...
By David Grieser
Is that feature done? Has that bug been fixed? These are the types of questions programmers get asked. Usually from a product manager that has a timeline and needs things done. This is their job. Yours is to provide the end result and know that what has been developed works! But sometimes you're just not sure.
You may be fortunate to have a manager that pushes back for you to give you the time you need for development. If not, ...
By Poornima Vijayashanker
The other day I was invited to an intimate networking event for startup founders in San Francisco. We each shared what our companies did, and I of course mentioned that I am working on Femgineer, we provide education services to tech professionals.
While our mission is to get more women into technical leadership positions, we do educate both men and women. We do this because we believe in diverse teams.
Then I went on to tell them that slightly more than ...
By Karen Catlin
Trailblazers inspire us. Whether they climbed a higher mountain than we thought we ever could, combatted a disease we fear, or accomplished something of our dreams, we admire them and want to learn from them. We seek them out for inspiration. We may even want to follow in their footsteps and bring their journey to new levels.
I remember being inspired by a trailblazer when I was a junior in high school, wondering what I should study in college. My ...
By Poornima Vijayashanker
For the past few weekends I’ve been pushing myself learning iOS development.This past Sunday I was just mentally exhausted, and I knew that nothing more would seep into my burnt out brain. I decided to take a break for the evening. I fired up Netflix and chose to watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi. No one recommended it to me, and honestly, I chose it because I was in the mood to travel to Japan for a change. Boy was ...
This past week we kicked off the first Femgineer Forum of the year hosted at ModCloth. The topic was on Finding a Fit: How to Evaluate a Company’s Culture and the Opportunity.
My favorite part of every forum is to listen to the employees at the host company tell the story of their path, and why they choose to come and work at the host company.
At this forum, I couldn’t have been more captivated than I was by Sarah Wohl, who is ...
Moore’s law, which is really a conjecture, states that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles every two years. It is safe to presume that this doubling effect also doubles processor speeds, because having more transistors on a chip means faster processors.
However, you cannot just cram more transistors onto a chip in order to double it’s speed indefinitely. Computing speed is also based on things such as memory capacity and it is limited by factors such disk speed.
While we ...
Four years ago I left my first startup Mint.com. I went from being a founding engineer to a founder. As I began my entrepreneurial journey, I received a LOT of advice. I listened intently, but after awhile I just became dissatisfied with what I was hearing. People kept directing me on a path towards a particular archetype: an engineer turned entrepreneur who raises capital from VCs to build a BIG idea.
It started to feel like the choice to build products that ...
I’ve been visiting with a number of student computer science groups to mentor them and help them attract more women. I was recently told that often times their efforts have been poo-pooed citing that hosting events like hackathons that are geared towards women only further segregate the genders.
So I asked the student groups one very simple question: how many female students show up to the open events and hackathons? The answer I received: zero to maybe a handful...
So if colleges tout ...