Mentorship

Uncomfortable Co-Founder Conversations

By Poornima Vijayashanker I recently met up with a friend of mine to have tea and catch up in San Francisco. I hadn't seen him since he had sold his last company a year ago, and he was really eager to get to work on his next project. As he was telling me his idea I got excited, because I had heard this same concept only two weeks prior - a friend of mine in Seattle had already built the prototype ... Read more

It’s OK to ASK for Help

By Poornima Vijayashanker - Get free updates of new posts here  Too often we get overwhelmed because we think we have to solve every problem alone! Asking for help seems like a sign of weakness, you feel like you're burdening someone by taking up their time, or worse yet you might have overlooked the importance of building up a support system. However, one of the hallmark traits of successful people is to be OK with asking for help when they need it. In ... Read more

Doing what you LOVE can be tiring!

By Poornima Vijayashanker  Almost 2 years ago Sarah Coronado, the founder of Lotus Premium Denim, reached out to me via email. She wanted to meet up and ask me for some guidance. So I agreed to meet up with her. At the start of our first meeting, she handed me a pair of Lotus jeans to try on. I could already tell I’d like this woman... The jeans fit like a glove, and I’d soon discover that they’d become my favorite pair! During our ... Read more

Busy Work vs. Actual Work

By Poornima Vijayashanker Recently a young woman named Margaret reached out and asked me for some guidance regarding her business. So I took the time to walk through her product, and then did a deep dive into the numbers behind her business as it related to customers, revenue, expenses, etc. Before I sat down to give her any advice, I asked Margaret what she wanted, and her response was to scale her business. She wanted more. More customers and revenue. And she wanted to ... Read more

Lesson 3: How to go from Uncertainty to Clarity

This is the third and final lesson in the series: How to Deal with Uncertainty By Poornima Vijayashanker In the previous lesson Maria Molfino and I talked the illusion of feeling like we’re the only ones and one simple step to feeling less alone. If you missed the last lesson here it is. In this lesson we’re going to share some steps to moving forward, past uncertainty, and getting closer to clarity! We'll talk specifically about the importance of aligning insight + action, also known ... Read more

Complement Your Hard Work with Help

By Poornima Vijayashanker You've spent time working hard, really hard, but you don't always see the results you want. Even after being patient and waiting weeks, months, even years you are left wondering, "What it's going to take to get to the next level?" This is a common question people ask themselves during the course of their careers or while they're building a business. The truth is you cannot get to the next level alone. You need help brainstorming and solving problems. Help ... Read more

Why would a man be interested in working with Femgineer?

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 ... 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

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

Striving to Change the Ratio

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 ... Read more
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