Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Three Tactics that Block Women from Getting Ahead

Three Little Boys, Ashdale Gill

1. Undermine and Critique Step 1: Make it really hard for her to achieve something. Step 2: Make completely reasonable comments about her progress. E.g. Nitpick every detail, force her to prove that your suggestions can't be done. Then complain she is not faster. E.g. Avoid telling her key information up front. When it is discovered later, say it ...

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Tweeting Shit That Men Say

Put that in your pipe and set yourself on fire (OK), put that in your pipe and I will set you on fire (no)

Background: Last week was GHC, it included a Male Allies panel (live streamed) and a male keynote event (available to watch online). I tweeted a lot (with others) and wrote a couple of things. The Male Allies panel was followed by a reverse "you talk we listen" event. There was also a Male Allies Focus group ...

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Male Allies and GHC

strings of a broken heart

This year will be my 5th year at GHC (Grace Hopper Celebration, the annual conference for technical women from the Anita Borg Institute), my first speaking, and my first in my new post-corporate-job life. It's been blocked on my calendar since last year, and there has been a long lead time, which means I made the ...

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Learning What Not To Do Doesn’t Teach You All That Much

quiet empty space

Early on in my career, I worked on something that shipped without tests. And I learned something important: That's a bad idea. To frame it positively, I learned that any tests were better than no tests. And so I went away and read things, talked to people, and experimented. And over time I've learned a lot and mastered ...

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Things To Write When I’ve Nothing To Say

chaos tree

I've had horrible writers block lately. The list of things I can't write yet (or maybe ever) drowns out the things I would like to. And so a Deadline Looms because according to the schedule I'm due to write something and I sit with my laptop open, a blank screen in front of me, and try ...

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Book: The Hard Thing About Hard Things


I really, really enjoyed The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers (Amazon). So much so that I read the whole thing in a day (something I regularly do with novels, but not so regularly with non-fiction). It's compelling because it's about difficult answers to shitty situations. Because it's so ...

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Exciting News

danbo nature

Sometimes you have to do the scary thing. So here it is: I'm leaving Google at the end of the month. Will post more about The Plan at a later date, but for now suffice it to say I'll be working on some personal projects that I'd love to see if I could turn in to something, and exploring ...

Monday, August 25th, 2014

On Leaving (again), Compound Effects and Falling Out Of Love

Empty room

Someone tweeted that this post reminded them of my post about leaving. And I read it, finding it oddly compelling (even though I'm not excited by comics, or superheros), and then I found this quote. it seems to me to be the worst thing in the world to want to do something that badly and then ...

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 ...

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