Tag Archive: Skillcrush

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    by Angie Chang

    April Fool’s Jokes from Female-Founded Companies

    What’s your favorite Internet April Fool’s joke this year?

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    From a handful of Easter Eggs hidden in Google today, to Twitter’s nixing of vowels, today is a day of Internet jokery.

    Food subscription service Love with Food announced venturing into a new market today and launched Love with Weed – “delivering a whole NEW HIGH every month”.

    Code for America, founded by Jennifer Pahlka, announced today that their first expansion partner will be North Korea – “North Korea is ripe for disruption”.

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    by Angie Chang

    Women: 5 Tips To Be A Standout

    Whether it be picking up new skills, throwing away your fear of the unknown, or just betting on the right person or plan, here are a few tips to get your started.

    By Jane Wang (Hacker, Etsy)

    We all know that women outperform men academically, but for whatever reasons our professional careers seem to be far less rewarding – both financially and personally.

    Well, work isn’t school, but it is the place where we spend the majority of our lives. So I ask what is that’s holding us women back

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    by Angie Chang

    Unpacking Male Tech Privilege (Infographic)

    On January 6, designer Andy Rutledge launched a satirical website, Conference Quotas, poking fun at the discussion around increasing diversity at tech and design conferences.

    By Jess Gartner (Founder, Allovue)

    There’s that word again: privileged. The word is frequently misused and is now commonly interpreted to mean “born with a silver spoon in your mouth” or “never had to work for anything,” but that’s a distortion of the actual definition. Privilege is more about advantage and immunity than wealth or work ethic.

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    by Angie Chang

    We Need More Women In Tech, Here’s Why

    By being examples of tech savvy women who are generous with their talents and relentlessly hard working, we’re setting the stage for women who will come after us, building a legacy of real impact.

    By Audrey Tan (Founder, Waggit)

    Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg have recently made headlines for their high profile jobs at top tech companies in America. But I hope you agree these women aren’t in these positions just because they’re women. They have proven track records and have reputations for delivering results. Their influence fuels communities

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    by Angie Chang

    (Infographic) Ada Lovelace Day Celebrates Women Leaders In Tech

    The goal of Ada Lovelace Day is to create new role models for girls and women in these male-dominated fields by raising the profile of other women in STEM.

    By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

    Today is Ada Lovelace Day – October 16, 2012 is about blogging and sharing stories of women, from engineers to scientists, from technologists to mathematicians. Who has inspired you?

    Over the last year, a number of technical women

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    by Angie Chang

    Tech Talk Thursday: What Is Twitter Bootstrap?

    A collection of CSS, JavaScript, and image files that help you to quickly build great looking web applications.

    By Adda Birnir (Co-Founder, Balance Media & Skillcrush)

    Twitter Bootstrap is a collection of CSS, JavaScript and image files that help you to quickly build great looking web applications.

    You might remember from our HTML Week that a boilerplate is a collection of code files that take care of all the pesky required stuff and allow you to focus on the features and functionality

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    by Angie Chang

    Tech Talk: Frontend Vs. Backend

    The frontend is the part of a web site that you can see and interact with, while the backend is all the rest.

    By Adda Birnir (Co-Founder, Balance Media & Skillcrush)

    The frontend is the part of a web site that you can see and interact with, while the backend is all the rest.

    You know how the tip of an iceberg pokes out above the water, but they’re really hundreds of feet deep? That’s a lot like a web site. The parts you see and interact with on a web site – the buttons, the dropdown menus and big bold fonts – make up the frontend.

    The frontend of a web site has specific technologies attached to it. HTML makes up the text on the page, CSS makes it pretty, and JavaScript makes it interactive.

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    by Angie Chang

    Confusion Is Your Friend

    The most important life lesson my mathematician father taught me.

    By Adda Birnir (Co-Founder, Balance Media & Skillcrush)

    My dad defies every stereotype of an absent minded math professor – except for the absent minded part, he is that. Otherwise he bears little resemblance to the stereotype: he is good-looking, funny, an avid surfer, and best of all, an amateur poet.

    When I graduated from high school my dad gave a toast at my graduation party.

    “I look forward to the day Adda sees how useful calculus is and finds that she can use science to help solve the world’s problems,” he said.

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    by Angie Chang

    Marissa Mayer For President

    Isn’t it funny how that “How do they do it?” question is never really “How does HE do it?” This is particularly frustrating to those women, like myself, who ARE doing it.

    By Jennifer McFadden (Co-Founder, Skillcrush)

    We, at Skillcrush, salute the inimitable Marissa Mayer as she takes on her new role as CEO of Yahoo! We can’t think of a better, more fierce, and overall awesome lady to take hold of the reins.

    She not only has some serious experience in engineering and operations; but also excels at design and product, and has deep domain expertise in location-based services and mobile.

    All skills that make her the perfect fit to lead Yahoo! back from the brink. Of course, that’s not ALL we have to say

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    by Angie Chang

    Kid Hackers!

    The newest addition to the “coding for kids” movement, Hopscotch is a great female-led company.

    By Jennifer McFadden (Co-Founder, Skillcrush)

    Why should adults get to have all the fun when it comes to learning to code? Tons of new resources are available to get kids started down the path toward becoming web crafters and coders. We’ve gathered our favorites just for you.

    The goal of these sites isn’t really to teach kids how to code; but, rather, to teach them critical thinking, math skills, problem solving, creativity and perseverance. These are the tools you need to be a programmer!

    Most of the sites below teach programming using

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    by Angie Chang

    Through The Looking Glass – Alice The Perfect Game Developer

    “Why, I sometimes believe six impossible things before breakfast.” — Alice

    By Jennifer McFadden (Co-Founder, Skillcrush)

    If Lewis Carroll had been in tech, he would have undoubtedly been a game designer, building highly complex and whimsical quests. His ability to imagine and re-imagine the world and bend it into nonsensical narratives would have made him a natural.

    Designers craft the stories behind the games; develop the characters and the plot; decide which obstacles the characters have to overcome; and, imagine all of the features that make a game challenging, fun and visually exciting.

    Carroll creates a sea out of Alice’s tears; turns

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    by Angie Chang

    “Brogrammers”: Just One Of The Girls

    Accessibility to tech rained on by “brogramming”.

    By Adda Birnir (Co-Founder, Balance Media & Skillcrush)

    I have been following the “brogrammer” meme for months now with a mix of annoyance and exasperation. I was bummed that Twilio, a company whose product I greatly admire, helped start this “joke” and then followed the Hacker News job posting hubbub and subsequent chronicling of “brogramming” by a number of tech media outlets.

    But as I was reading about Klout’s “Want to bro down and crush code?” job recruitment poster at a recent Stanford career fair, I for the first time felt some sympathy for the guys