Outtakes from 'women in tech', episode 3 of The Broad Experience

May 15, 2012

I got so much good, uncensored stuff from my interviews with Vivek Wadhwa, Gina Trapani and Adda Birnir that I decided to put up a few outtakes that didn't make it into the final podcast. I'd love to know what you think. 

First, Gina on something I had never thought about before.

Second, Adda on the tech startup scene, and on how to make technology feel less exclusive.

And finally, Vivek Wadhwa on the pushback he got from some women in the tech industry when he started writing and talking about the lack of women in Silicon Valley.

I'd be very curious to know if this last comment rings bells for anyone. Fair, or not?

Episode three: women and technology

May 5, 2012
Women are avid users of technology, but few of us work in the field. In fact fewer women graduate with computer science degrees today than they did in the '80s. I'm your typical technophobe. Yes, I use technology all the time, but I've never learned how to code and frankly I've always though it's best to leave these things to the experts. 

Listen to this segment to find out why I'm completely wrong, and how any of us can become experts - as well as why it is that tech has been a male-dominated industry for so long. Great guests again this week, from Vivek Wadhwa in Silicon Valley to tech star and founder of Lifehacker Gina Trapani, to my fellow CUNY entrepreneurial journalism fellow Adda Birnir of Skillcrush. 

Episode one: welcome to The Broad Experience

In the first episode of The Broad Experience we discuss why so few women write opinion pieces, and why doing so can help their careers and their confidence. Check out The OpEd Project to learn more about this - I'm about to take my first class. Also, various studies show that women negotiate less often then men and that many of them loathe doing so (me included). We look at how the negotiation-haters can improve their skills and get the raise they want. Anyone interested in this topic should read Ask For It by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever. It will leave you agog and quite possibly change your life.