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 ...
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 ...
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. ModCloth.com, 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, ModCloth.com is an online catalog of fashion items as well as a ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
When we think of female friendly tech companies there are the usual suspects: Facebook, Google, and Twitter. However, there is one more tech company that deserves praise, Walmart and in particular it’s innovation engine @WalmartLabs. @WalmartLabs is showing some serious commitment to changing the ratio for women in tech. @WalmartLabs has fostered a female friendly environment, through its in-house programs and mentorship circles.
It has even gone farther than most by providing public speaking workshops, to give engineers more confidence in voicing ...
Last Tuesday, Femgineer hosted its last forum of the year at Wealthfront. The forum proved to be our most attended with over 60 people in the audience. WealthFront did a great job welcoming the community of Femgineers! Femgineers were greeted with an interactive registration display that showed their names all throughout the wall’s television monitors and displayed live tweets about the event throughout the evening.
Besides the food and festive networking, many got a glimpse at Wealthfront and their company culture. Team ...
Gone are the days of free soda, snacks, and meals! It’s not that engineers have suddenly become more demanding. In fact many still don’t know their own value, especially femgineers...
Joining a startup as an engineer used to primarily be about believing in the startup’s vision, team dynamics, technology stack, equity, salary, and role along with employee number. These are still important factors, but the dynamics of decision making have dramatically deepened due to the increasing number of startups that are competing ...
Having a long career in tech and having had many roles, I've experienced, and have been presented with a number of issues that women in tech face such as:
Interviewing at male dominated companies
Communicating concerns effectively with supervisors
Crafting an ASK for an offer, promotion, raise, or just a change in role
While we can claim that tech is merit based there are many women who are highly skilled and very talented who do not receive the same attention as their counterparts. The common ...