By Diana Espino
My learning came from studying the source code of web sites, observing the patterns I saw, and experimenting with those patterns through trial and error to see what worked. That’s really how I learned how to code for the ...
By Diana Espino
Earlier this year, I took a Femgineer course on Lean Product Development to learn a process that could help me unmask complexity from my software projects. Possessing the ability to see simplicity in complexity, would make my life a lot easier and more headache-free.
One of the lectures was taught by Alex Notov (CTO of BizeeBee), in which he shared with us his experience in hiring and working with engineers. He spoke of our introverted personalities, preference for communicating through ...
by Frances Advincula
I attended SenchaCon, my first tech conference, a couple of weeks ago. I thoroughly enjoyed, and I learned so much that I was inspired to compile this list of really great tech talks with a focus on front-end development and user experience. With summer almost over, here's your excuse to productively lounge by the pool or at the beach, with your iPad of course.
Pixeltalks is a great blog that curates videos from presentations across the world in topics such as ...
By Sarah Montoya
In my personal time I am on facebook, pinterest, and instagram way more than is necessary for any human. I also have a blog that I enjoy stalking my statistics for regularly. I even set up a Klout account to find out how much influence I have, but to be honest I have no idea what my Klout score means. All that to say I am a fan of the ego boost that comes with vanity metrics for my ...
By Sarah Montoya
I am not a product developer, nor do I work in tech. Even so, Femgineer’s scrappy marketing class taught as one of the classes in Femgineer’s Lean Product Development course, caught my attention because I work for an all volunteer run non-profit that is dedicated to spending almost all of our budget on funding projects in the developing world. We have no budget for marketing. We are an ever evolving community of volunteers constantly seeking to improve our organization. ...
By Karen Catlin
Thank goodness for corporate sponsorships. I was reminded of their importance a few weeks ago when I attended the "Women Organizers" gathering in San Francisco. It brought together people who hold events for technical women, including Women Who Code, Girl Develop It, Rails Bridge, and Latinas in Computing to name a few. Sponsors are clearly important to the success of these groups, including our host for the evening, Mozilla!
The next day in my car, I was listening to our local public radio station announce their fundraising drive. They often ...
by Sarah Montoya
My friend Lydia introduced me to Poornima’s Lean Product Development Course. Lydia and I have had extensive conversations about my desire to expand my skills and she was confident the class would be a great fit. For the past few years I have worked in social services in a direct service role to low-income youth. I enjoyed my work but often found that I wanted to find different and unique ways to be challenged professionally.
With my background the options ...
by Karen Catlin
Founders for growth stage startup and executives in a larger company know that the war for technical talent is intense. They also understand that they need to differentiate themselves is to show that they care about their employees, career growth, and development. They want to provide training workshops, mentoring opportunities, and other skill development options.
Employees also suggest such programs, but too often don't know how to answer the following questions posed by management:
How will these offerings make a ...
By Angie Chang
It’s rare to hear the stories of slow-and-steady grown, bootstrapped businesses. Fortunately, the tide is turning - with talk of a Series A Crunch, the media spotlight turns to home-grown revenue-positive businesses. It’s enough to make us wonder if we’re starting to root for the steadfast tortoises of startup success stories instead of venture capital-hungry hares.
Few startups today have bootstrapped their way to viable businesses success the way that Femgineer did. Today, Femgineer offers an 8-week long Lean Product ...
By Jasmine Lee
This week’s Femgineer Spotlight is Diana Espino. She began her career as a web developer at the tender age of 15 and soon after, created her first company; PeBe Inc. After more than ten years of working on her own, she joined Worth International Media Group, where she built and launched an eLearning web app for the travel industry. Today, she is a software developer on the e-commerce team at VMR Products, a consumer electronics manufacturer and distributor.
Diana’s initial ...