It’s your first week on a new job. You are the new kid in the cafeteria, the one unfamiliar with the lingo and the customs of this environment. You will be awkward. You will be a little too formal on Monday and a little too casual on Wednesday when you overcorrect. People will forget your name and they will stare at you in meetings. You will get lost on your way to every conference room and you will agonize over whether to sign your emails with “Thanks,” “Sincerely,” or just your name. You may get stuck in a stairwell.
Last week, the Computer History Museum in Mountain View hosted the fifth annual Women 2.0 PITCH Conference. PITCH is a conference for women in tech to gather and mingle and learn from one another. Developers chat with venture capitalists, designers schmooze with product managers, and start-up founders hand out business cards like there’s no tomorrow.
The Women 2.0 crew pulled in the big guns for the thousand attendees, recruiting the founders and CEOs of some of the biggest start-ups in the world as speakers and panelists. These women waxed poetic – literally, Caterina Fake of Flickr recited some Wallace Stevens – about humanizing vs. dehumanizing technology, bootstrapping strategies, and influencing company culture from the top down. Here are a few pearls of wisdom, but follow them yourself to hear it straight from the source:
What follows is a highly subjective, woefully incomplete list of some of the coolest ladies on TV in 2011. Despite my best efforts, I can’t watch everything, and so I’m 100% positive I’m overlooking an unfortunately high number of badasses. Don’t view this as an authoritative list (what constitutes boob tube authority anyway?), but rather as a start to a list that can only get longer, better, and more diverse.
This is a collection of characters that are eminently watchable (and not in the Jersey Shore train-wrecktastic kind of way). They are independent, outspoken, and complex. They are flawed and hesitant and uncertain, but simultaneously bold, ambitious, and brash. They are the characters I identify with if only for that delicate and truly human combination.
1. Which book would you give to a potential significant other?
It gets under my skin when really smart, well-educated, liberal guys never read books by women (the frequent exceptions being Atlas Shrugged and Harry Potter). I have a couple of go-to lady authored books I like to push on guys, but A Visit from the Goon Squad (Jennifer Egan) is a really good bet. Read More 5 Books with Emily Heist Moss
“My name is James. I am a simple guy who likes to eat, sleep, and watch TV. Oh yeah, I also bang chicks for a living.” Read More “My Name is James Deen”: Interview with a Porn Star
I have a good-looking resume. Each line item begins with an action verb and more than 80% of them include a statistic to quantify my accomplishments (see what I did there?). I look decent in a skirt suit, I own sensible shoes, and I even have a leather portfolio to help me pretend to be a grown-up. These are not the reasons people hire me. Read More How to Ace an Interview