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  VP of Engineering at Heptio Tell us a bit yourself and what you do? My name is Kevin Stewart, and I’m VP of Engineering at Heptio. Heptio is a company that was started by two former Googlers who were co-founders of the Kubernetes project as well as co-creators of Google Compute Engine. Heptio is looking to modernize IT by bringing Cloud Native technologies (like Kubernetes) to enterprises. As we are a startup, my primary role is to build the engineering organization and ship our open source projects and

  Product Designer 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

Be the hero you always needed. This morning, I started thinking about my dad. He was never really there for us, but when he was “there”, it felt like we were a chore. This memory came to me: When I began designing and learning Photoshop, my dad made me create a flyer for a nightclub he worked at. I was just barely a teenager, and it was fun working on real projects — so I did the flyer without a second thought. It came out pretty good. The thing is,

Mobile Engineer at KickStarter Coalition for Queens Alum What made you decide to work in the tech industry? Initially, I was pursuing a career in accounting. I declared it my major at college. After an accounting internship, I decided it was not for me, but I had done it for so long I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. So, I decided to do a second internship, with the hope of getting a full-time offer. It didn’t happen. I was devastated at the time and had no idea what I

Sr. Engineering Manager at Khan Academy BS in Computer Science from WPI: Worcester Polytechnic Institute What made you decide to work in tech? Problem-solving. Specifically, problem-solving with little costs for exploration. I was really attracted to solving problems with code. I loved that code could be changed to explore new ideas and improve on existing ones with the only real costs being my time and energy. What was an obstacle you faced and how did you overcome that obstacle?   Transitioning to management, though I saw and see that as

Software Engineer at Khan Academy Carnegie Mellon University, Computer Science & Robotics   What made you decide to work in tech?  My two older brothers introduced me to engineering. They’re both engineers and I grew up watching, and eventually joining, them take apart household appliances. When I got to high school, I had a series of amazing teachers who helped a group of us start a FIRST Robotics Competition team and who introduced me to programming. I decided to go into the tech industry because I love putting things together

Software Engineer at Chain What made you decide to work in tech? I think at the base of it, was my brother in law [who is a good deal older than me, maybe like 11 years older]. Growing up I followed in his footsteps, so whatever he was doing I wanted to do (laughs). He studied electrical engineering and so in the summers I would work on tech hardware problems with him, and that got me excited about technology, and when I was in the ninth or tenth grade

Computer Science & Politics Student at NYU, Former Facebook Intern Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do? My name is Fadumo. I’m going to be a third-year student at NYU, New York University. I study computer science and politics. This past summer I was at Facebook working with a product marketing manager as well as a civic engagement team. What I eventually want to do is work at the intersection of programming and government, making government more efficient. What interested you in technology as a [vehicle]

Founder of CollectQT and Web Developer   You have an amazing backstory – going from studying engineering in college to being temporarily homeless to founding your own venture. How do you want to introduce yourself to the POCiT audience? I’m a black trans woman (with all the struggles that generally invites) and a successful web developer, project manager, and activist. In 2014, you started a queer trans collective called CollectQT. What was the inspiration behind it? The inspiration was two-fold. First was the incredible community support I experienced after moving

Headshot credited to Martin E. Klimek, USA TODAY    Former Pinterest Engineer Founder & CEO of /dev/color Congratulations on getting into YC and being the first non-profit. Yeah. We’re about one of 15 non-profits, so I think USA Today called us out as the first diversity non-profit. It’s still a very early program for non-profits in there, they’re still adjusting to it. Why did you start  /dev/color? And what has it been like thus far?   I started it just seeing my friends and people that I had been connected

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