ThinkNote: Make Music With Your Mind

Posted by banane on February 11th, 2014 — in technology

Went to the best hackathon ever last weekend. Why? A combination of invention, skill, participation and sheer nerd energy. And a buffet (well, I am pregnant…). And, well, I really love the app we made. “ThinkNote: Make Music With Your Mind.” Yes, that’s right. Depending on how you control your thoughts you can compose music. [...]

Pregnant & Entrepreneur = Pregpreneur

Posted by banane on January 15th, 2014 — in feminism, technology

First trimester in Vegas… a bit hard. Standing at a conference all day, during first trimester, isn’t fun. Your business partner doesn’t know because you and your boyfriend have decided not to tell anyone. You’re not showing, but beyond exhausted and nauseous. I power-napped in the hotel hallway. I started with caffeinated tea, and then [...]

Starting a Business

Posted by banane on December 3rd, 2013 — in technology

I decided a month ago to start a business. The funny bit is that my business partner and I had been collaborating for a while- we both worked closely at two different jobs, and many projects together, before deciding to “go legit.” We already had clients, even. We just hadn’t done the paperwork. Between jobs [...]

The Perils of Lack of Diversity (TitStare, Circle Snake)

Posted by banane on September 9th, 2013 — in feminism, technology

Last night I learned of the opening demo at TechCrunch’s Disrupt, “TitStare”. An app that takes a photo of you (and you are of course a heterosexual male) staring at a woman’s breasts with or without her consent, doesn’t really matter. Also, an app Circle Snake that ranks your (male) masturbation technique. Got a voicemail [...]

How To Interview For Mobile (When Nobody Knows Mobile)

Posted by banane on August 23rd, 2013 — in android dev, iphone dev, technology

This Christmas, close to 90% of shopping will occur on a mobile device. Companies are scrambling to get in-house developers. Imagine you’re hiring an in-house team. You’re tired of outsourcing with contractors. You want to be able to walk to someone’s desk and ask them, “Can we do that on Android?” And, in this fantasy, [...]

Tips on Working With Diverse Teams: Conversation Style

Posted by banane on May 27th, 2013 — in diversity, technology

Look how many women are at Google I/O – this is my world. Let’s change it. I was recently on a call with a developer (woman), and a colleague who was her supervisor (male). This colleague is *very* well-intentioned and the last thing he wanted was to alienate, silence, diminish, humiliate, or shame the developer. [...]

Startups Silicon Valley Reviews In No Particular Order: Women in Silicon Valley

Posted by banane on January 21st, 2013 — in local color, startup silicon valley, technology

Ed: Second in the series, see Dwight for earlier one. My reviews of Bravo’s Startup Silicon Valley What I learned from Bravo’s Startup Silicon Valley about Women in the Valley I could write a detailed diatribe/analysis of the reality series in contrast to my life as a woman engineer in the city I’ve lived in [...]

Start-Ups Silicon Valley Reviews in No Particular Order: Dwight

Posted by banane on January 20th, 2013 — in local color, startup silicon valley, technology

Dwight is the engineer formerly from Google who is the archetype: young, white, male, nice, and smart. His Achilles’ heel and dramatic tension would either be his inability to admit his undying love for his friend Kim OR his intermittent abusive social drinking that leaves him blacked out and wondering what the f**k he did the night before

Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Posted by banane on October 16th, 2012 — in feminism, technology

I’m sitting here at work kinda slammed and sick, but hey, it’s ALD, and that’s kinda cool. At work, we were talking about Ada Lovelace – interesting because we are in fashion, and her first application was making jacquard. I love that fact. In thinking about Ada with this coworker, I realized that she is [...]

Why non-native mobile frameworks suck

Posted by banane on September 18th, 2012 — in android dev, iphone dev, ruby on rails, technology

Hm. Opinionated a little? A couple of times, folks ask me: do you know X? And I say, why, no I don’t. I do know the language that X avoids. X is: Objective-C, Java, etc. the list goes on. Tonight at a study group, a friend who had just learned Objective-C agreed with me (I [...]