How by working in startup world you can optimise your life for growth, impact, and joy.
When I’m building a team at a startup, I’ll spend a lot of time talking to candidates and answering questions. One topic that comes up a lot is why join a startup versus a big company, and for good reason.
Why it's right that we focus our efforts when trying to build a more diverse technology community.
I've worked with codebar since its inception two years ago and I’m frequently asked how is it fair to not invite straight white cisgender men to workshops? I have a fresh answer to this question, which I thought I'd share.
1 in 4 people with startup equity options is in for a surprise.
After both good and bad experiences with startup equity options, I wrote and researched this piece based upon survey data from the UK and US tech communities.
In recent years I've preferred to spend time on teaching rather than speaking. I'm a passionate activist for more diversity in the world of technology. It's a complex problem but I believe a fundamental lack of technological education is a root cause, so that's where I concentrate my efforts.
After coaching at Codebar London for 3+ years, I've been one of the organisers for Codebar Manchester since 2017.
We run monthly workshops open to all underrepresented groups in tech.
Code First: Girls
From 2016 to 2019 I was an instructor for Code First: Girls Manchester, and founding lead instructor of the Manchester General chapter.
This is an eight-week course with one taught session a week, run twice a year. We're very proud to have a fantastic success rate of our students subsequently landing jobs in tech.
#enjoying - share your reading list
I love reading and I'm always looking for recommendations for what to read next. I wanted a lightweight way to save and share my list, and see others' lists.
Goodreads is old and clunky: I wanted something modern, so I built it! #enjoying
I read non-fiction, focused on biography, business/finance, leadership, policy, science and technology. Here's what I've been reading:
Forward Partners Live: Scaling Engineering
Forward Partners invited me to speak in July 2015 on how we scaled Shutl's engineering team pre and post acquisition.
- uncodebar, 2016; 2017; 2018; 2019
- North West Ruby User Group, 2009; 2018
- Women Who Code London, August 2015
- codebar London, July 2015; November 2014
- QCon London, 2014
- Seedcamp CTO Day, 2015
- Etail Europe, 2014
- GraphDB San Francisco, May 2014
- Makers Academy, October 2013
- London Ruby User Group, July 2012
- MagRails, 2011