Professional Relationship Building

Gaining Confidence in her Code

By Justin Reyes  “Sucking at something is the first step to becoming sorta good at something. Nobody starts out as a domain expert, you have to start somewhere!” Jasmine Tsai exclaims. Jasmine Tsai, who is a software engineer at change.org embarked on her technical career track not after college, but after years in investment banking and a stint at a non profit. She did research for a public policy think tank in Hong Kong and a consulting assignment with the World Bank in ... Read more

How I Decided to Leave Corporate America to Join an Early Stage Startup

By Frances Advincula  I subscribed to Inc. Magazine when I was 10. I bought the domain name BuyConvectionOvens.com because I saw an infomercial on internet businesses that said you should start a business that resonate with what you love. At the time, my dad and I spent a lot of time baking on the weekends, so to my 10-year old self, an online business selling ovens made complete total sense. (Please don't laugh.) That's when I first started playing with HTML, which unfortunately ... Read more

4 Steps to Consider Before Pairing Up for a Project

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. He was really eager to get to work on his next idea. As he was telling me his idea I got excited, because I had heard this same concept only two weeks ago. A friend of mine in Seattle had already built the prototype for it! I ... Read more

How to Deal When You’re Attacked By Others

By Poornima Vijayashanker Have you ever had a day, a week, or possibly even a month where all your best efforts are ignored, and instead people point to you for failures? Well I’ve certainly felt that way many times! Everything I do pisses people off at work and at home, even when I don’t act with a malicious intent. Whether you’re a leader or an individual contributor there will come a time in your life where you may make a mistake or something ... 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

Strategies for Speaking Up

By Poornima Vijayashanker I'm sure you've had an idea for something at some point in time. Maybe a way to improve a product or process at work? You've want to speak up, but you're of course afraid that it will get rejected. You might have even experienced this rejection before, too many time, and it was pretty painful. Believe me I used to get rejected ALL the time, and still do from time to time. But I've removed the sting and reduced ... Read more

Learning How to Communicate Compassionately and Confidently Takes Time

By Poornima Vijayashanker People reach out to me and tell me that they'd LOVE to improve their speaking style but they just don’t have time… Let’s tackle time. I’ve had a couple jobs where I’ve dreaded having 1-1s with my boss. I’d walk in, they’d ask me to sit down, then they’d start talking… Next thing I knew, 30 minutes was gone, and they would have been talking the whole time, while I proceeded to politely nod my head. They’d tell me things I ... 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

Become a Confident Communicator

By Poornima Vijayashanker I was by no means a social butterfly as a kid. I didn’t fear approaching people one-on-one, but in group settings I was pretty shy and kept quiet. In fact one of the reasons I joined debate in middle school and high school was because I knew I wanted to be a lawyer, and figured I needed to learn how to overcome my fear of speaking in public! Toward the end of my debate career in high school I had ... Read more

Trailblazing Women in Tech

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 ... Read more
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