Meet the Femgineers Who Have Helped Build Spotify

By Poornima Vijayashanker If you’re a music lover, then you're probably already listening to your favorite tunes on Spotify. If you haven’t come across Spotify, then you should certainly check them out! They are one of the hippest startups, reinventing how we discover, listen to, and share music. Spotify has been built by a team of top technical talent, and I was curious to learn more about what it's like to work there and what draws top engineers to the company! So I ... Read more

Behind the Scenes

By Poornima Vijayashanker  Last month I mentioned that I had presented a TEDxNavesink talk in New Jersey. I want to give you a behind the scenes look at what went into preparing for this talk, in hopes that it will encourage you to consider getting up on stage one day! Let’s start by going back to January 2014. Shannon Winning reached out to me via Twitter. The theme of the TEDx was play. Well I love to play with technology and I want to ... Read more

Driving Forces Behind ESPN’s Technology Team

By Justin Reyes In collaboration with ESPN we will be hosting our next Femgineer Forum, in New York City! You're probably wondering why a sports network was interesting in partnering with Femgineer? ESPN does not solely focus on television, but also digital technologies, which includes mobile apps such as SportsCenter and WatchESPN. Its technical team also focuses on website design, functionality, and user experience. Swati Vakharia, a member of the technical team sat down to share her experience working at ESPN and particularly ... Read more

Heather Gillette: Finding Inspiration and the Early Stages of a Startup

By Justin Reyes For years, Heather Gillette  worked at YouTube where she founded and headed up several operational departments.  A couple of years ago, she left YouTube to build her own startup, nousDecor. nousDecor is the first ever comprehensive online destination for community-curated home décor ideas, resources and expert interior design guidance. Heather grew frustrated after bouncing around from website to website looking for a similar chandelier to match the one hanging in her home. She noticed that there was not one central ... Read more

How Gumroad Has Grown it’s Customer Base with a Lean Engineering Team

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 ... Read more

Finding a Fit: How to Evaluate Company Culture and the Opportunity

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 ... Read more

Modcloth: A Femgineer Culture

By Justin Reyes  On the outside it may look like any other traditional e-commerce fashion website, but on the inside lays an especially complex backend development and technical feature set that handles all the customization and style personalizations., an online retailer specializing in unique apparel, accessories, and decor, goes further than most in fashion e-commerce. From customers voting on potential items to sell, to designers submitting pieces to produce, is an online catalog of fashion items as well as a ... Read more

Will I fit? Tips for Measuring Company Culture

By Karen Catlin "How I can evaluate a company's culture?" I recently got this question from a young woman I mentor. She's in her senior year at an Ivy League university, where she's majoring in computer science. As you can imagine, she's being heavily recruited by software companies. When I first spoke with her, she was interviewing with four companies and trying to figure out which one she liked best. She was evaluating the where and the what - where the offices were ... Read more

Learning How to Tell Your Story @WalmartLabs

By Justin Reyes This holiday season, Femgineer hosted its last forum of the year @WalmartLabs. The attendees, who were primarily software developers, made the drive to San Bruno to get the chance to peek into the @WalmartLabs headquarters, network with other women in tech, and participate in Femgineer’s Building Online Cred workshop. Attendees had the opportunity to network with software engineers and directors that worked @WalmartLabs, and the @WalmartLabs engineers shared their experiences and background with attendees. When asked about how @WalmartLabs compares to ... Read more

Organizations Supporting Women in Tech

If you’re a woman in tech there are a number of organizations with chapters around the world that have made it their mission to support you and your career! Here’s a list of the most active organizations we’ve come across in 2013 that specialize in supporting tech professionals. Of course there maybe many more we’ve missed, and if yours is one of them, then please tweet at us, and we’ll be happy to add yours to this list! (Please only submit organizations that ... Read more
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