Tag Archive: Poornima Vijayashanker

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    by Angie Chang

    Pushing Past Easy Excuses to Quit

     I didn’t let my peers who were smarter, more experienced, and didn’t have to worry about money bother me. I just put my blinders on and plugged away.

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder, Femgineer)

    I am really bad at quitting. Failing miserably isn’t enough to get me to quit either. For example, when I was a freshman in college, I got a 19 on my first Computer Science test. It was a wake-up call that instilled fear in me to drop the class, but a semester later I couldn’t shake the thought of dropping it. So instead I decided to spend my entire summer re-taking the course, eventually majoring in computer science and, well, we know what happened after that.

    Even when catastrophe strikes, I cannot quit. My freshman year, my dad lost his job.

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    by Angie Chang

    The Lean Startup: But Lean Doesn’t Mean Lazy

    Lean methodologies offers a structure where you can perform a series of tests, measure the results, review what contributed to success or failures before moving on…

    By Poornima Vijayashanker (Founder, Femgineer)

    Seems like everyone has heard the buzz about the Lean Startup movement, which was started over three years ago by Eric Ries. Yet I’m always surprised at the number of founders, product managers, and startup folks I meet who are struggling. Many have built and shipped products, some have even raised capital, but the one commonality amongst them all is they don’t fundamentally understand why they aren’t getting any traction. They’re stuck scratching their heads trying to figure out how to monetize.