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Sharpening Startup Skills Through Mentoring and Advising

I became an innovator at a young age, developing my first digital publication as a bulletin board system at age fourteen, iterated until I graduated. During college, I worked in university information technology, then after college, I joined a startup. Soon thereafter, I started my first company, working toward making money from my innovations. My career after […]

Content Matters

When I began writing professionally, it was a natural extension of the writing I was already doing for college newsletters and my own personal website in the pre-blogging world. I found my first few projects based purely in topical interest – technology. From there, my writing and editing expanded to other topics, but the vast […]

Engineering the Future for Entrepreneurs

Next week, I will have the honor of visiting Penn State as a Bishoff Entrepreneur-in-Residence and participating in several of the courses they provide for students who are studying engineering entrepreneurship as a minor. It’s an impressive program and these students will undoubtedly come out of it much better prepared than I was leaving college. I look forward to […]

Big Data, Cybersecurity & Digital Empowerment

In my career to date, I’ve researched or worked on pretty much every topic in information technology and digital media, from online culture to data security. Sometimes it seems like I’m shifting gears from one radically different topic to another when I speak to various media sources as an expert source, but at the foundation, it all […]

Talking Tech, Digital Media & Cyber Policy

On my most recent trip to Washington, D.C., I had the pleasure of sitting down with some of the sharp team at the Center for Democracy and Technology. They were kind enough to invite me to participate in their weekly podcast, CDT Tech Talk, where we discussed my book in one of their segments. Offline, we […]

TechWomen, Technovation & Global Women in STEM

A few years ago I started participating more in events that help educate, inspire and empower women and girls in tech not just in the US but globally. I had such an amazing experience meeting and talking with women tech entrepreneurs in Moscow for the first ever Startup Women Forum, I was hooked. So from […]

So About Tech’s Gender Gap

I had the privilege of joining a sharp, talented group of women talking about the gender gap in tech last month at Blurb HQ in San Francisco. The group, a combination of Bay Area women in tech, combined veterens in a wide range of organizations. Tom Foremski wrote about the topics discussed in ZDNet. Thanks to […]

How Social Media Nearly Killed My Writing… And Why I’m OK With It

I was a prolific blogger for many years. I started dabbling in it in 2001, became pretty active in 2006 and kept at it until around 2010, then social media hit critical mass and suddenly my time was being split between blogging and posting on social networks. Facebook hit the mainstream around the time my […]

Why I Love Science Fiction

I’ve loved science fiction since before I knew what a genre was. I first saw Star Wars at age four, so that was my intro to the genre. I’m sure I could barely read at the time. I always found all stories about planets, stars, space travel to be fascinating. For books, it was probably A Wrinkle in […]

Returning to Reading

I’ve always been a reader, but at some point after becoming a parent, my reading gravitated entirely to nonfiction. Partly the function of my work as a writer, researcher, strategist, etc., partly due to my cluelessness as a parent (let’s just say I digested my fair share of parenting tomes), and also a practical function […]