No one cares where the good idea comes from; we all just want to get there and make something cool.
It was fun (/slightly surreal) to return to my alma mater this week to speak to members of the NYU PRSSA and Comm Club. The students asked some great questions — I was nervous that nobody would have questions and I’d have to find an hour’s worth of things to talk about on my own. PR often gets a bad rap, so I’m always happy to try to help get the next generation of smart kids interested in checking it out.
AMG, New York, NY
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My contribution to NPR’s She Works project, inspired by the eHarmony Video Bio meme. I put a lot of pressure on myself to do ALL THE THINGS and take advantage of EVERY OPPORTUNITY but sometimes you just gotta let some things go. There aren’t enough hours in the day to hug every cat, so focus on what’s most important and don’t stress about the rest.
I can’t stop watching the new About Us video that Huge's incredibly talented Studio team made. It really does capture so much of what's great about working there. I'm not much of a Kool-Aid drinker, so I wasn't expecting to still enjoy working there this much, two years later. (See if you can spot me looking blurry at 1:12.)
Don’t just find a thing that you love, but a group of people you like and can learn from. You spend more time with your co-workers than your family, sleeping, etc., so you should really like those people and respect them.
(This is a big lesson that I’ve learned through my own career, too. I realized that what I’m working on matters much less to me than who I’m working with. It’s so important to my daily happiness and productivity that I work with people who I enjoy and trust, as both colleagues and humans.)
"I’ve heard startups say that they did not like to hire people who had only started programming when they became CS majors in college. If someone was going to be really good at programming they would have found it on their own. Then if you go look at the bios of successful founders this is invariably the case, they were all hacking on computers at age 13….What we should be doing is somehow changing the middle school computer science curriculum or something like that. God knows what you would do to get 13 year old girls interested in computers. I would have to stop and think about that.”
The part that makes me sad about this is that some women (myself included) were hacking at age 13 but then stopped, because they didn’t have the role models or educational resources available to encourage them to continue. I did find programming on my own but I didn’t even realize that what I was doing was called “programming” or that it was a viable career path I could take.
I’m not interested in joining the “Is Paul Graham sexist and is the technology industry misogynistic and is Silicon Valley terrible overall?” conversation in this context but I hope Paul Graham does stop and think about what can be done to get (and keep) 13-year-old girls interested in a career in programming. He’s so smart and visionary and powerful in the industry that he could make a real difference.
Off to Social Media Week LA
I’m flying to Los Angeles tonight (for the first time ever!) for a quick Social Media Week trip. I’ll be representing Honey on a panel called “SFW: Scaling Culture and Social Media" on Thursday evening. It will be livestreamed here, too.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, I’ll be meeting with some current and potential Honey customers in the City of Angels. Let me know if there’s anyone I should meet!
As you’ve probably noticed, things are looking a little different around Honey today. We’re thrilled to have released a number of exciting updates, improvements and new features. Here’s what’s new…
The latest from Honey. My personal favorite new feature — you can now leave comments with animated GIFs!