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The plain numbers about women in tech – The Startups

I don’t often think of myself as a woman. As I approach public restrooms, I have to remind myself: “Whitney, you are a woman, use the women’s room.” Being a woman doesn’t actively, consciously factor into my every day life, especially not professionally. While my gender must have a partial effect on everything I do [Keep Reading...]

Facebook recruits for user research…on Facebook

Apple always gets flack for not conducting user research (even though that’s a myth — it’s market research they don’t conduct). Apparently Facebook doesn’t feel the same way about keeping their research under wraps. I recently happened upon an interesting page on Facebook where they allow people to apply to participate in user research studies, [Keep Reading...]

Recent Reads – 12/21/2010

Here are the most recent additions to my Delicious bookmarks. Hope you enjoy, and please share your thoughts in the comments. the wiki wall | Tom FishburneWhere brainstorming comes from Where good ideas come from – Steven Jonhson | LoosecubesChance favors the connected mind Buzzword BingoOne of my favorite games to play at conferences is [Keep Reading...]

Pleasure and Pain’s Most Popular Posts of 2010

I hate end-of-year roundups. But they’re contagious, so I just can’t help myself. Here are the most tweeted, most commented posts I wrote this year. I hope you like them, too. The UX Design Process for the Boxee Beta January 27, 2010 175 tweets, 23 comments More than a year ago I very proudly announced [Keep Reading...]

Whit Hour – Week 22

Thank you so much to the ~22 people who showed up for the twenty-second week of Whit Hour — my weekly one-hour video chat to answer any and all of your questions about user experience, consulting, and whatever else you throw at me. Tune in every Monday night from 10-11pm Eastern Time at http://www.livestream.com/whithour. Whit [Keep Reading...]

Independently employed? What’s your retirement plan?

I’ve been independent since August 2008, and prior to that I had been contributing to my company-sponsored 401(k) since college (at each of my three previous full-time jobs). When I went solo, I was given the option to keep my money in my last company’s 401(k) plan indefinitely — but obviously without their matching contributions. [Keep Reading...]

Whit Hour – Week 21

Thank you so much to the ~28 people who showed up for the twenty-first week of Whit Hour — my weekly one-hour video chat to answer any and all of your questions about user experience, consulting, and whatever else you throw at me. Tune in every Monday night from 10-11pm Eastern Time at http://www.livestream.com/whithour. Whit [Keep Reading...]