1. What is your name?
2. Tell us your position and name of your company
3. What’s on your schedule today?
Meetings with potential partners, podcast recording, planning community events, business plan review, scheming to take over the world.
4. What was the last thing you googled?
How to get home.
5. Which social platform do you prefer – Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or
Instagram and why?
LinkedIn for connecting with people professionally.
6. Women in Tech – What does that term mean to you?
I’m going to be a bit controversial here. I really don’t like the term. I am on panels sometimes when the moderator introduces me as a woman…thank you but I did not forget that I am a woman. It undercuts the credentials of the woman when being a woman itself is the credential. I think it’s important we make sure we have a deep, high quality bench of women. It’s important to be open minded about talent from different experiences and backgrounds so that we make opportunity more available, but it’s also important that the intellectual curiosity, raw talent and drive is there. I don’t want the “women in tech” mantra to create a signal to noise problem, but I think it is helpful in opening a consciousness to reward and give a voice to talented, hard working women who historically have had to work in the shadows.
7. What is the one question you wish people would ask you?
What’s it all about?
8. What’s the key to good networking?
I’m not great at working the room. I prefer quality of connection and being useful and helpful to people – that is how you develop value in your network. Also, I believe that the universe has mysterious ways of getting you where you need to be if you’re willing to be open. Meeting connections that lead places can happen in the most unexpected ways if you sometimes say yes, and always keeping curious.
9. What opportunity does tech offer women?
Many opportunities to shape how we want the future to look like and how we relate to each other. Yes, we should have more women engineers, but there’s something more important than that. As I heard one (male) engineer say, engineers still need a north star that they are engineering towards. Women can show the way towards that north star as women in history, like Harriet Tubman, have literally done. What are we designing all this tech for, to what ends, to create what kind of society, what new paradigms?
10. What’s the best advice your Mum has given you?
Keep my posture straight.
11. What do you do to unwind?
Singing along to music off key.
12. Which learning resource (on or offline) would you recommend?
Epicenter.tv is great if you really want to get deep in understanding the blockchain space.