Tag Archive: Heather Payne

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    by Angie Chang

    Date An Entrepreneur, Female Edition – A Reprise


    I’ve learned a lot since August 2011, and certainly matured as a person, a woman and an entrepreneur.

    By Heather Payne (Founder, Ladies Learning Code)

    In 2011, I wrote a blog post that became the most widely-read thing I’ve ever written. It was a surprise to me – I wrote the thing really quickly, late at night, as a reaction to a blog post I came across called “Date an Entrepreneur” (based on “Date a Girl Who Reads“).

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    by Angie Chang

    Now I’m Really An Entrepreneur

    My purpose now is to find a repeatable and scalable business model – Steve Blank’s definition of a startup.

    By Heather Payne (Founder, Ladies Learning Code)

    I’ve wanted to be an entrepreneur for a long time. Not when I was in university (back then, I wanted to be CEO of a Fortune 500 company), but sometime between graduating and landing my first real job, I realized that I just wasn’t going to be able to make a career out of working for the man. Even after that realization, it’s taken me a long time to get here.

    As of today, though, I’m really an entrepreneur. And I’m effing excited about it.

    (Want to skip to my new venture? It’s called HackerYou.

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    by Angie Chang

    Interviews With Women Teaching Women Coding

    Talking with Girl Develop It, Ladies Learning Code, Web Start Women and Startlucks.

    By Jennifer Lindner (Organizer, RailsBridge & Freelance Open Source Developer)

    There’s a rapidly growing movement of women teaching women technology skills: all over the Americas, self-starting organizations are running hands-on classes to huge success. Girl Develop It, Ladies Learning Code and Web Start Women are all great examples of startup-savvy applied to gender in technology.

    Here are some excerpts from a series of interviews with each of these organizations. Although in very different locations, all report similar experiences with breaking down fears about technology, building confidence, support from their local technology community, and the success of hands-on teaching techniques.

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    by Angie Chang

    Startups (And Angel Investors) Are A Girl’s Best Friend

    By Katherine Hague (Founder, ShopLocket)

    This is the story of how my startup, ShopLocket, found its first investor, Heather Payne.

    In startup land, we spend a lot of time thinking about that elusive first dollar. Whether it’s from a customer, a bank, or an investor, they often say that it’s the first dollar that’s the hardest.

    Every startup’s path to that first dollar is different, but each is surely equally reliant on pixie dust and the stars aligning. Here is my story.

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    by Angie Chang

    Girls Learning Code Camp (From Ladies Learning Code)

    By Heather Payne (Founder, Ladies Learning Code)

    We’re getting ready to send acceptances to the girls who will be receiving scholarships to attend our Girls Learning Code March Break camp. (We’re accepting them on a rolling basis, but the deadline isn’t until February 15th – so there’s still time to get an 11-14 year-old girl in your life involved!) The application forms are meant to mostly be filled out by the girls’ parents, but we did ask the girls to complete one question on their own: “What interests you most about Girls Learning Code?”

    As I reviewed applications last night, the answers

  7. by Angie Chang

    With Programs Like Codecademy, Women Are No Longer Accidentally Excluded From Learning Technology

    “We’re hoping to make everyone literate about the basics of programming while creating a generation of new and talented programmers” Zach Sims, co-Founder of Codecademy told me in an email.

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    by Angie Chang

    Tech Industry Needs A Makeover To Attract More Women, Girls

    By Leah Eichler (Contributing Writer, Femme-O-Nomics)

    Women in technology love to talk about the lack of women in technology, especially those who reside at the top. So on January 1, 2012, when Virginia Rometty takes the helm of IBM Corporation as its first female chief executive officer, joining Meg Whitman as the CEO of HP as one of the few women in charge of a high-profile tech company, we should interpret this as success, right?

    Probably not. As many in the tech industry argue, the dearth of women in the industry overall contributes to that lack of representation at the C-suite level. And the lack of

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    by Angie Chang

    Date An Entrepreneur — The Female Edition

    By Heather Payne (Head of Sales and Marketing, Pinpoint Social)

    (Based on “Date an Entrepreneur” by Bridget Porowski and “Date a Girl Who Reads” by Rosemarie Urquico)

    Date an entrepreneur. Date a girl who spends her money on iPads and web apps instead of trips to the mall. A girl who doesn’t mind being told that her idea isn’t going to catch on. One who’s kept a running list of things she’s wanted to change since she was a kid.

    Find an entrepreneur. You’ll know that she is one because she will always have her smart phone out. She’s the one skimming TechCrunch and Women 2.0, the one who can’t stop

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    by Angie Chang

    Toronto: Mobilizing Ladies Learning to Code Python

    By Heather Payne and Melissa Crni&#263 (Organizers, Toronto Ladies Learning to Code)

    Serious question here. Where are all the female programmers? Despite efforts over the past few years to increase the number of women in tech, the percentage of female Computer Science graduates is dropping. Of developers involved in open source projects, only 1.5% are women. The overall percentage of women in IT careers is down. The actions taken to level the playing field clearly aren’t working, unfortunately.

    Luckily, we discovered a new strategy for getting women into coding, and success stories are quickly accumulating.