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Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do? I am a product designer at Netflix. I’ve been there for about two years. I work on the studio engineering team which means that I build apps and software to help manage our Netflix productions more efficiently, like Stranger Things, etc. How does that work? It’s software that helps the production team with the whole process of making the show? There’s a little bit of everything. Netflix is a studio — we’re trying to be the biggest studio. So what

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do. I’m the founder of a company called Girls’ Night In. We make things that help women celebrate self-care and build better connections with one another. For example have a weekly newsletter that reaches over 20,000 women across the globe that provides smart reads and recommendations on what to watch, listen to, or do during your night in. We also host monthly book club meetups in cities across the U.S., which has been such a lovely way for women to connect

What made you decide to work in tech? Working in tech happened pretty organically, and was born from several interests I had as a child. Science fiction and video games were popular family pastimes and cultivated my interest in technology early on. My grandmother was the first in the family to get a computer, and whenever we visited, I would lock myself in her bedroom to draw characters in Microsoft Paint based on the stories I wrote in WordPerfect. Once I left New York City and went away to school,

Executive Design Director, Design Brand Identity at Vox Media Inc www.cedfunches.com How would you describe your job to somebody who is outside of the design and tech world? I help guide the brand identity team. We build the standards, rules, and creative brand expression for our team to breathe life and souls into our brands at Vox How long have you been there at Vox? I started August 2016. I was a speaker at one of their company retreats in 2015 where I spoke about work-life balance. I’ve very familiar with

Product Designer at Facebook Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do? My name is Karla Mickens, and I’m a product designer at Facebook. Originally born and raised in North Carolina, and went to college at Virginia Commonwealth University. After that, I moved to New York where I pretty much started my career in design. I gradually got into more of the tech side of it, and haven’t a looked back since, now for six-seven years I think, maybe more. How would you describe your job to someone who

      Designer & Front-End Developer mikedre.com Check out his projects: Barbershapp, The Right Spice, & The Arts Project  What made you decide to work in tech? I’ve always had an interest in tech from a young age, always experimenting with gadgets and computers. I initially started with a much more Art & Design focus with the majority of projects that I was working on covering branding and illustration. I hated code at first and could never have seen myself doing anything more than copying and pasting from Google. But once I sat

  Designer & Engineer tonianni.com platformsforwomen.com What made you decide to work in tech? I grew up with knowledge about the digital world through gaming. We got our first console, an Atari, when I was 4 years old. I’ve written more details about my journey here. While I always had the heart for storytelling and design, it was my father who prompted me to study what would end up being an engineering degree. I had no idea there was a specific tech industry, I just followed my passions. What was the biggest

    Senior Product Designer & Culture Ambassador at Neo damian.is   Designer of experiences at TheGlint. Founder of Hunie, a 500 Startups company. Product designer at Neo. Tell us about your experience at 500 Startups? It was great. ‘500’ is an awesome program, with a great community. It makes a lot of sense if you’re looking for traction with an existing product (having achieved product-market fit). Unfortunately I was more in the idea stage, and I was also a single founder, so that carried a few disadvantages. How did you

    Clayton State University – BA in Legal Studies UX/UI Designer and Front End Developer uxace.wordpress.com What made you decide to work in tech? I knew that being in law was not really for me. I prefer the challenge of creating products that people can use. Tech allows me to be more of myself and more expressive in ways that law did not allow me to be. What was an obstacle you faced and how did you overcome that obstacle?  Just being able to get into tech was an obstacle

What made you decide to work in tech? Working in tech was something that I fell into; it wasn’t exactly a conscious decision. As a teenager I ended up teaching myself how to code and fell in love with it. From there, it turned into a career. What was an obstacle you faced and how did you overcome that obstacle? I think the biggest obstacle I faced was ageism in the industry. Being a young person of color, it was tough for people to take me seriously at first. I still

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