Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy spotlight "Aparna Venkatesan is a cosmologist working on a number of research topics including studies of the first stars and quasars in the universe and the physical conditions in early-universe galaxies. Aparna is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of San Francisco (USF), and a former NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow. She has received multiple NSF grants, AAS and APS grants, and the Single Investigator Cottrell College Science Award. She was recently featured amongst USF’s Changemakers. She appeared recently in a number of episodes of The Weather Channel’s show The Strangest Weather on Earth. " #womenintech#womeninSTEM
Oh heyyyy!!! It's humpday fumpday! Whatever that means #fitness#fun
Had a great time meeting others, learning about business and goals from the Women in tech, diversity, and inclusion. Also- cannot beat this dinner view!
On Saturday, I attended #BIGDemoDay powered by @CapitalOne showcasing 6 companies founded by Black and Latina women. However, startups founded by women of color receive less funding than their counterparts. We know this, but why is this the case? The candid discussion we had around race and class and how it affects the trajectory of entrepreneurs was so necessary. 🏽Click the link in my bio to read my latest post on how we can succeed as entrepreneurs. 🏽 #ad
My last couple of days have been a combination of learning Docker + coding with Symfony + loving TeamCity. Truth be told: I'm suffering while trying to figure out why installing a package in a docker image would fail 20 minutes after it worked without changing a thing.
Traditioal paper business cards fill trash cans, people either take a snap shot of the cards they think they might use later and throw away the card. As they can easily become too many and a clutter in one's office. That is why digital business cards like Networq App are the in thing now.
One of my IG peers, @thecodeness, discovered that she had recently been verbally assaulted on an anonymous, public forum. The reason attributed to the assault was her gender and her appearance. The assault didn't just target her - it targeted all #womenintech.
Just last week I did a @LinkedIn Insights course where I spoke about diversity in tech, and I gave some advice to women in tech, in particular. In light of this recent verbal attack on my peer, I will reiterate some of what I said last week. That is:
We are not victims, so we should not let ourselves fall into the victim mentality (@thecodeness did not, that's for sure). We always have a choice. No one will ever serve us what we want on a silver platter... We have to go out there and own it. In the course of this, we will draw haters - people who wish they had the courage, the willpower, the whatever, to get out there and make their dreams come true. Hate messages hurt - but, so what! We feel that pain and we let it strengthen us. The more adversity we survive, the stronger and more emboldened we can become. Yes, it's harder to be a women in tech - but so what, we can do it - we will do it - we are doing it! And, never forget, we have almost limitless options.
When I encounter people that seem to have the underlying mentality of the recent attackers, I remove myself immediately and I don't bother to explain why. The world is your oyster, people. People are going to be unhappy when you break the mold and prove that all those supposed limitations are merely illusions. Too bad for them, but when you're on the other side of the world sipping tea with people that don't even speak their language (or when you're living your personal dream, whatever that is), how much do you think you will care about what the haters say? Not one iota (that's a guarantee). Soldier on ladies! #girlboss
I get by with a little help from my friends Tonight, celebrating the success of a Canadian tech superstar @shopify at the opening of their new R&D office in TO. The future is bright for startups in Canada #startuphereto#startupnation