Monday, October 26th, 2015

My Life as a White Migrant

Tiny Raccon perches on a pillow on a business class airline seat. Below sits a passport, in a case that says "without this I

  Ever since I read this article on the use of the word "expat" being exclusive to white people from western countries, I have been thinking about my own experiences living in a variety of places, through that lense. The words we use are not the only difference. When it comes to my immigration situation, there is ...

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

#GHC15: Jo Miller – Build your brand as an emerging leader or technical expert

jo miller on stage

My notes from @Jo_Miller's session at GHC. The Emerging Leaders Quandary - can’t get recognised as someone who is ready to lead a larger team.  Why we get stuck - you can’t get that higher level job without the leadership experience… but you can’t get the leadership experience without the job. Do not outsource your career development to ...

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

The Sixth Time

Grace Hopper badge reads "Cate Huston Google", modified to read "Xoogler"

I'm heading to Houston, Texas this week to go to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing. It'll be my sixth time attending, and over the years I've gone in various guises. As a grad student, a Google employee, in disguise (I de-branded myself and refused to do any recruiting activities), as an independent. This year ...

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

12 Challenging Steps to Being a Better Interviewer

Someone in Florida snapped a picture of a raccoon riding a gator at the Ocala National Forest.

Notes from my @TheLeadDev talk on interviewing. Do you follow the discussion about technical interviews? I find it interesting, and worthwhile. I think we kind of tiptoe around two fundamental problems though. 1. Most technical interviewers are bad. 2. We think that technical interviews teach us more than they do. Today we’re going to talk mainly about ...

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Space and Time

danbo buried in sand

The list of things I've learned this year is pretty long, but one thing I keep coming back to is: if you want something different, you have to create space for it. And so I have tried to deliberately create it (with mixed results) but above all be mindful about what (and who) I let in, ...

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

#Øredev14: Dan North – Deliberate Advice from an Accidental Career

Sage advice

My notes from Dan North's talk at Øredev14. “People Love Machine” - About people having an emotional connection with technology. About 25 years in tech, had some wonderful wonderful interactions with people. Later realised pivotal moments. Be aware when you’re interacting, you may be having an impact. Most interactions were from professional life, but realised a number outside of ...

Monday, September 28th, 2015

The #NotAllMen Project

Danbo meets Domo

Last week featured two milestones. I closed the first day of JSConfEU with a talk called "Some Things I've Learned about Color", which is the story of how I left tech (not why). It's about burnout, and how aside from overwork, there are 5 other things that cause it: lack of control, lack of reward, lack of ...

Monday, August 24th, 2015


Credit: Geograph

It's been about a year since I walked away from the gilded cage, the conglomerate, London... really many aspects of being a grown up. Some days I am overwhelmed by how much I want to get done by the end of this year. Some days I am amazed by how much I've learned. Some days I'm lost because ...

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Reaching Profitability – 7 Things I’ve Learned

water vole

In May, I met my revenue goals, and in June I'll take a pay-check - my first since I escaped my gilded cage. It's an exciting milestone, and one I'm proud of. However when people say they envy my life, or that I'm "living the dream" I get quite irritated. Yeah, it looks good, now. It ...

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