3 Suggestions for Women in Tech

3 Suggestions for Women in Tech

September 3, 2014

We often learn about women being underrepresented in tech startups, and being treated terribly in the workplace. Hearing this makes it more difficult, for example when you learn that you’re paid less than your male counterparts, to take a step back and reflect. While frustration is a normal part of our daily experience, it’s often hard to understand when to speak up, and when to cool off. Below I have listed 3 situations that I experienced at one time or another in my career. After extensive reading (I recommend ‘Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office’) and introspection, here are some suggestions for women, on how to handle them or keep them from happening. Don’t Volunteer for the Little Jobs I made this mistake in one of my jobs. It might make you feel good because you’re helping out one of your co-workers or even your boss by taking care of this one little thing. But, there is a very good chance that […]

DigiGirlz at the St. Louis Science Center

DigiGirlz at the St. Louis Science Center

August 21, 2014

“Inspiring” DigiGirlz, a Microsoft YouthSpark program, gives high school girls the opportunity to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops. – DigiGirlz All of these efforts is to keep women in the STEM programs Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. CLICK HERE for more information. “Vision and Strategy for the Future” “Global Diversity and Inclusion are integral to the vision, strategy, and business success of Microsoft. Microsoft officially formed the Office of Diversity & Inclusion in recognition of the fact that leadership in the global marketplace requires a corporate culture and an inclusive business environment where the best and brightest diverse minds—employees with varied perspectives, skills, and experiences—work together to meet consumer demands.” – Microsoft, DigiGirlz.     “Like a Girl”   “Our day with DigiGirlz” If you have any questions or want more information please contact us using the contact form on the site or you can hit us up on […]

Perspectives: Amanda Kosty

Perspectives: Amanda Kosty

July 15, 2014

I am going on my 1 year anniversary with a tech start-up company in St. Louis. I never saw myself as someone who would want to be in the “tech scene”‘. As a person who has been known to break computers rather than fix them this seemed like a stretch. I was placed with this start-up for an internship and did not expect to like it as much as I did; so much so, that I decided to take a full time position with the company after my internship ended. Over the past year I have come to truly appreciate the entrepreneurial spirit, being surrounded by ambitious people working insanely hard to build something awesome. The scene has changed a lot over the last year. On my first day of the internship, my supervisor felt the need to introduce me to an entrepreneur he felt to inform me as “the other woman in the building” so that I would have […]

Technology is Hard

Technology is Hard

July 2, 2014

When I was about 11 we got our first computer and printer. Think continuous feed like the one pictured below. There was no mouse. I had to figure out how to navigate by using the function keys at the top of my keyboard. This daunting task took me months to figure out, but I finally mastered the art of typing C:\ whenever I wanted to find that text file I created. While technology has changed dramatically in the past 28 years, I haven’t. Figuring out a new software still takes me a lot more time than the average individual, but here’s the key. Persistence. If you’re like me… If you’re like me, you unconsciously shy away from trying new technology, because you know that it will take quite a bit of time for you to learn. Personally, I would much rather be watching that new comedy or checking my Facebook for the 20th time. When I finally DO try new […]

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The Introverted Entrepreneur: An anomaly, or a recipe for success?

June 21, 2014

Source: http://projectfew.org/blog The other day I went for an impromptu coffee/walk with a good friend. While we were walking and chatting, he stopped at one point, pointed at the ground, and picked up a $20 bill. Lucky bastard, I thought. Looking back at what happened earlier that day, I started to think about some of the common stereotypes of introverts—the shy, reserved personality types who tend to avoid eye contact and look to the ground. My friend who caught the $20 bill is not only an introvert, he’s also an entrepreneur with a thriving business. The Introverted Entrepreneur: Is this oxymoron merely an anomaly, or an overlooked recipe for serendipitous success? My friend (we shall call him Tom for all intents and purposes) is a successful entrepreneur running a profitable business. He has a handful of employees and succeeded in securing multiple rounds of funding. However, Tom isn’t your typical entrepreneur that one might expect on the next cover Fast […]

Tech Chic: The Digital Future of Weddings

Tech Chic: The Digital Future of Weddings

June 1, 2014

Whether you plan a large or a small wedding, it can be stressful. My fiance and I researched timelines, toured venues, tried-on tuxes and dresses, and everything else that comes with the territory, before we decided that we did not want to be traditional. But what does that mean? For us, it meant keeping the day centered around ourselves and our immediate family. But, because we could not share our big day with extended family and our greatest friends, we created a website. Wedding websites are growing in popularity. One popular host, Wedding Wire, launched in 2007 and has seen a 71% increase in total registered users since 2010. This trend is due in large part to the cost savings. According to another site, The Knot, in 2011 one in five couples spent over $30,000 on their ceremony. Although it typically costs to create a wedding website, couples can save on wedding and shower invitations, and some users even opt not to […]

Tech Chic: Lyft’s St. Louis Launch

Tech Chic: Lyft’s St. Louis Launch

June 1, 2014

Friday night I saw cars with fluffy pink mustaches everywhere. I thought it was a hipster parade, until a more tuned-in friend told me it was Lyft, an on-demand ridesharing company. Lyft’s official St. Louis launch was this weekend and celebrations included a party at the Gramophone, a parade of pink-mustachioed cars, and free Lyfts under $25 for two weeks. But breaking into the St. Louis market is proving to be a challenge for the company. How does it work? Sitting on the patio at iTap in Soulard my savvy friend pulled out her phone and opened the Lyft app. “Strange Donuts?” she suggested as our destination. Sure, why not? So she showed me a map of our location with real-time information on Lyft drivers who were nearby. The closest was 3 minutes away. She hit the ‘Request a Ride’ button and seconds later DeShonda’s friendly face and an image of her car appeared on the screen. We stepped out to […]

Calling All Tech Ladies – a Perspective by Mary Louise Helbig

Calling All Tech Ladies – a Perspective by Mary Louise Helbig

June 1, 2014

I have been working for technology product or service companies for over 25 years and I am still just as excited about this field (that has no industry boundaries) as I was at the beginning of my career. Technology makes a difference in all of our lives, in so many ways. From healthcare, to cooking, to personal communication – the technology evolution has been and will continue to be rapid and profound. In the past I have been involved with several start-up companies and in my current role as an Entrepreneur In Residence (EIR) with ITEN, I am mentoring five tech start-ups. Their products range from Healthcare IT to Ed-Tech. I am not an engineer or coder, my expertise is in business commercialization or the go-to-market implementation. Once the product is ready, I figure out how we take it to market. It is all about building the foundation for the business. It is exciting, challenging work and it is far […]

Spark! – a Perspective by Jennifer Stanfill

Spark! – a Perspective by Jennifer Stanfill

June 1, 2014

I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Stanfill a few weeks ago. Jennifer is the Coordinator for Career and Technical Education for the Parkway Schools, where she has worked with a team to pioneer a startup incubator for high school students called Spark!. Vivacious and clearly excited, she told me about the her work with the project and how the idea evolved. After our meeting concluded she shared this incredible description of her experiences. Launching Spark! – A Perspective by Jennifer Stanfill As a former teacher and school administrator, I have had the opportunity to work on several fulfilling projects throughout my career.  However, nothing has compared to my latest endeavor –Spark!. After a “field trip” to several local incubators and co-working spaces, my colleagues and I were all in agreement that providing opportunities for students to pursue their passions while developing their entrepreneurial skillset would truly prepare them for the ever-changing world.  Until now, schools have done everything within […]

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May 23, 2014

  Hello Everyone, I am very excited for the launch of this brand new site. We are going to cover all things tech related. Our main focus will be to create a location for women, both young and old, to come together to promote education, community, and open a dialogue with anyone who wants to understand technology.