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My SXSW Core Conversation: “Breaking Taboos: Pros Get Real About Money Matters”

Money is a topic that most people dance around because they don’t want to be rude, or tacky, or misunderstood. But if we avoid talking about it, we avoid learning a very essential part of our business and our industry. In order to thrive as a professional community, we need to have a strong handle [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...]

Thanks is never enough

Thank you to Mr. Dan Kramarsky who in the eighth grade suggested that I elect to take the Computer Science class in ninth grade. Thank you to Mr. Charles Rice who let me take his one Computer Science class for all four years of high school, and encouraged me to consider applying to Carnegie Mellon [Keep Reading...]

What are you worth?

Perhaps not coincidentally, I had two totally separate conversations on Sunday within the same theme: how much should I charge? Later that day I tweeted: Several folks responded that they’d like to hear more about my reflection in a blog post, so here it is. One conversation was with a friend who’s interviewing for a [Keep Reading...]

Loosecubes and the future of work

In August 2005, I formed an LLC and started doing freelance work on the side of my full-time job. In August 2008, I quit my full-time job to pursue independent consulting and self-employment. In November 2008, I became one of the first members of New Work City and started growing my career through the coworking [Keep Reading...]

I’m teaching a Girl Develop IT class!

My dear friend and “girl developer” Sara Chipps has been making waves in the tech community with her new initiative Girl Develop IT. Recently featured on ReadWriteWeb, Girl Develop IT strives to narrow the gender divide in tech by offering an extremely low-cost series of classes on programming to women who want to build their [Keep Reading...]