What Got Us Talking at Women 2.0 This Week: April 4 Edition

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Check out the latest edition of our weekly Women 2.0 reading guide and join the conversation.

By Betsy Mikel (Editor, Women 2.0)

This week we read about how it takes more than quickly mastering code to be a successful developer, checked out Inc. Magazine’s list of Women to Watch in Tech 2014 and saw what a few female founders were up to.

  • In “Have Liberal Arts Degree, Will Code,” The Wall Street Journal covers App Academy, yet another crash coding course that claims to turn you into a developer in three short months. We welcome the rise of these programs, but also agree with self-taught engineer Chris Clouten’s making the shift also requires determination, drive and initiative — skills that can’t be taught in 12 weeks. Check out his piece in Quartz, “No Three-Month Course Can Teach You How to Code.”

  • Check out Inc.’s 10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2014. Included in the list is Melody McCloskey, StyleSeat co-founder and CEO (who recently raised $10.2 million in Series A financing), Anastasia Leng (who left Google to start her own company), and Carly Gloge (who invented a fuzzy toy animal that becomes an educational, interactive friend for kids with their parents’ old iPhone.)

  • Fast Company’s “How To Become An Engineer With People Skills,” reinforces that “it's not good enough to be a great coder and a total asshole.” Soft skills like communication, emotional intelligence and the ability to work effectively with others will contribute more to a developer’s success than his or her coding talents.

  • 23andMe co-founder Linda Avey is getting ready to launch Curious, a new platform that will integrate health-related data from patients and health-conscious users and will quantify findings to answer health and wellness questions — or even solve problems doctors can’t. Read more about it in Fast Company.

  • We named Chicago at the Women 2.0 city of the month. Read on for more insight about the Chicago tech scene.

  • Read about Poornima Vijayashanker’s journey as she transitioned from developer to all-in-one developer, manager and visionary when she built her startup.

WHAT GOT YOU TALKING THIS WEEK?

Betsy Mikel (@betsym) is an editor at Women 2.0. As a freelance copywriter and content strategist, she also helps brands, businesses and entrepreneurs tell their stories.