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I have the distinction of being the longest-running member of Manhattan’s first and foremost coworking center, New Work City. But lately I’ve been staying home on the Upper West Side every day, working at my dining table or on the couch, instead of taking the 20-minute subway ride down to TriBeCa. It’s cold and snowy [Keep Reading…]

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…]

Whit Hour – Week 12

Thank you so much to the 35 people who showed up for the twelfth 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 (new [Keep Reading…]

By supporting New Work City, you make what I do possible

I am a founding member of New Work City, the premiere coworking community in Manhattan. I’ve written before about why I work there, and have tweeted endlessly about the inspiration and genius that fills its walls. In April we found out that we lost our lease and immediately had to move into a temporary home [Keep Reading…]

Inspiration and Aspiration

The words inspiration and aspiration are often used interchangeably, and I think it’s important that we draw a clearer distinction. Inspiration is defined as, “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something.” Aspiration is, “a hope or ambition of achieving something.” Stimulation versus ambition. Excitement versus action. And most significantly, external versus [Keep Reading…]

Wondering? Ask me on Formspring!

I recently set up an account on Formspring, a site that lets people ask and answer questions about anything at all. I’ve been asked 17 questions so far, and I’ve answered every one. So if you want to ask me something about user experience, consulting, writing, life in New York City, or whatever else is [Keep Reading…]

The Honor and Burden of Chairing a Conference

I attend a lot of conferences. Okay, more than a lot — an ungodly amount. Just check the Conferences tag on this blog. Attending them is a ball, inspirational but tiring. Speaking at them is a privilege, stressful but rewarding. Organizing them…now that isn’t something I’d wish on my worst enemy. Why? Because it’s a [Keep Reading…]