Career

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Female Entrepreneurship: Observations and Opportunities

Credit: Wikipedia

I've been generally skeptical of whether we would see a rise in Female Entrepreneurship, much of which was because looking at the data (female-led companies are more likely to succeed, male-led companies are more likely to fail) it wasn't clear to me whether more women should be starting companies... or just fewer men. However there are some trends ...


Monday, August 4th, 2014

Work vs Life

danbo

There was an article a while ago with Marissa Mayer's thoughts on work life balance. Essentially it was that long hours were fine, as long as you didn't miss out on things that would make you resent it. I try and work manageable (sustainable!) hours but sometimes my work gets prioritised over my life. And my view ...


Monday, July 28th, 2014

The Day I Leave The Tech Industry

red curtain

I know that this will happen, that one day I will have had enough, and I will leave. It's something I think about on a regular basis, and wonder, what will I do after? Will I move to a cheaper city and make things, consult, and hope to make ends meet? Will I retreat still ...


Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

5 Guys You’ll Meet in the Tech Industry

lego men

The Faux Feminist This guy will tell you that he thinks there should be more women in tech, but balks at the idea of actually... doing anything about that, and any conversation on the topic somehow goes in the direction of what is fair for the men. He doesn't think there should be "special" scholarships for women, for ...


Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Passion and the Developer

danbo tightrope

I go to a startup event, and it's interesting to hear non-technical people talking about developers like over-priced commodities. L comes to me for advice, she's contemplating her next move and worrying about whether or not she feels passion for the project. C reads my blog, tells me that she can tell I'm passionate about writing from my writing. I say, "that doesn't ...


Monday, July 7th, 2014

I Used To Make Apps

sparkly elephant

In my copious amounts of spare time, I'm been playing with iOS lately (some actual coding posts coming soon, I hope). It's fun, how quickly I can pull together a framework for an app. The satisfaction of something appearing, that didn't used to be there. It's that feeling of making. I miss it. I miss the instant ...


Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The Care and Feeding of Interns

Mini Danbo Climbs the Hose

Internships are often billed as a "3 month job interview", but from the other side they are a 3 month stint in being a people manager, and the first opportunity people have to have a real impact on someone else's career. This can be in a good way - the internship that makes the intern feel ...


Friday, June 27th, 2014

Some Thoughts On Mentoring

quokka family

I'm lucky to have a large and broad network, internally and externally. Well, I say lucky. I work at it. I stay in touch, ping people to say hi, schedule lunches, arrange to meet up when I'm in the area, or they are in the area, ask how they are doing, take an interest in ...


Monday, June 16th, 2014

Making Someplace New, Home

tiny clay houses

I’ve had this conversation multiple times lately, so it’s time to document it. I feel like a hippocrite offering these observations, since I don’t feel at all at home in London yet, but at least I’m mindfully unhappy about it. Even somewhat 1-dimensional workaholics have multiple aspects to their lives (they normally have somewhere to sleep, ...




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