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Waking Up

I’ve got this kick in the ass lately – I sold my home, decided to move back up north, change what I do for a living (yeah yeah, again). I cut my hair, I want to get a dog. Two, actually. And some furry chickens…

Fun Ways to Teach Kids to Code

Following up on my Why We Need to Teach Kid to Code, here are some fun ways to help them learn. So cool – wish some of these were around when I was an 8 year old learning to code on my Atari 800! (this is an excerpt from my article for SheKnows) Games that teach computational […]

Why We Need to Teach Kids to Code

Obviously, don’t even get me started on the ridiculous skills gap we’ve got in technology and the fact that, in most schools, kids still aren’t being offered any options for learning programming. I can’t even understand it. So, when SheKnows asked me to write a couple of pieces on teaching kids to code, I jumped at […]

Biohacking: More Human Than Human

Biohacking: More human than human

Think hacking technology is cool? What about hacking our bodies? Welcome to the wonderful world of biohacking. Of course hacking ourselves is nothing new. People have been modifying their bodies as long as… well… we’ve been people. Cosmetic improvements like tattoos and piercings — there’s evidence of tattoos dating back to 6000 BC. And, later, technology allowed us to improve how […]

What Is Fear is Holding You Back From?

Was super excited to do a TEDx talk at the recent TEDx Lowell. And so, of course, I chose to do it on my favorite subject: doing one thing every day that scares me.

The Maker Movement: Creating a New Democracy

The Maker Movement: Creating a New Democracy

One of my favorite sessions at SXSW was by Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop (a community of makerspaces) & author of The Maker Movement Manifesto, on how the maker democracy is spurring innovation… Karen Snyder didn’t like the options out there for measuring knitting needles. So, she took a $60 laser cutting class and built […]

Sharing is the New Genius: Thoughts on Creativity

Sharing is the New Genius: Thoughts on Creativity

Was super excited to see Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work, keynote at SXSW. In, I hope, the spirit of what he taught us, I wanted to share with you some of the awesomeness I got from him… The old model of creativity is a myth. It is the […]

Beautiful Fashions in Tech

Beautiful Fashions in Tech

My latest fascination is wearables and every now and then I stumble upon something truly beautiful, which which gives me hope for what is to come. Just wrote this piece as a Tech Expert for SheKnows.com to share seven of my favorites… Get ready for the third wave of computing where technology moves from nerdy […]

Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You

Do One Thing Every Day That Scares You

some thoughts on fear and art and greatness I was at the 99U Conference this summer and they had these amazing authors like Gretchen Rubin and inspirational TED speakers like Brené Brown helping us drive our ideas forward. Then, in the midst of this illustrious line-up, this big dude walks out on stage — biker […]

People == Awesome

People == Awesome

Cross posting from Medium.com… You might have seen on the internets that I got into a fight last week with an organization who preys on entrepreneurs. I was pissed at the organization for taking advantage of my people. And then I was saddened and frustrated when I got so many emails from people thanking me […]

The Ideation Framework

The Ideation Framework

Josh Wexler gave an awesome workshop at Agile2013 on The Ideation Framework for helping teams rapidly think through and prototype new ideas. We used it to each come up with our own idea of a better travel site 50 people in the room, 50 totally different ideas/approaches arrived at, all in about an hour – […]

Agile Mindset for Your Startup

Agile Mindset for Your Startup

I got to share the stage with the other half last week at Harvard Innovation Lab, when Jeffrey Beir & I took turns presenting dueling views on building your startup. Myself from the product perspective, Jeffrey from the investor’s viewpoint. While we had clearly different opinions, one thing we both agreed on was that if […]

So You Want to Do a Startup

So You Want To Do a Startup? [Teaser]

So… you want to do a startup? Come see my talk at Agile 2013! Here’s a teaser… So, You Want to do a Startup? from Abby Fichtner, Hacker Chick on Vimeo.

My Latest Obsession & 19 Other Random Things About Me

My Latest Obsession & 19 Other Random Things About Me

It’s up! It’s up! My PushPage interview is now live – and so I join the ranks of Gary Vaynerchuck, Zooey Deschanel & Ashton Kutcher. Just in case you wanted to learn the quirkiest thing I own (a 4 foot tall rice goddess), my weirdest dream, or my latest obsession – check it out! PushPage: […]

Does Your Personality Help You Get Shit Done?

Does Your Personality Help You Get Shit Done?

Continuing with the awesomeness from 99U Conference… They say there are two types of people in this world… those who divide the world into types of people, and those who don’t. Gretchen Rubin falls into the first group and she’s been giving a lot of thought lately to how we think about rules. As such, […]

Escaping Success

Escaping Success

“Escaping success is how I stay in a state of wonder” – Joshua Davis I just got back from the 99U Conference, which was filled with amazing speakers, but my absolute favorites were the ones who stood out as the scrappiest of the lot. The ones who stood on stage and you wondered briefly if […]

Startup Validation Hacks

Startup Validation Hacks

Is your startup going to be a business… or a hobby? How can you tell?! Below is a video of the presentation I did at Harvard Innovation Lab last month – I initially called it Creating Your Minimum Viable Product, but it’s really about: how can I validate that I’m creating a viable business (as […]

5 Awesome MVP Examples

5 Awesome MVP Examples

In my last post, I shared my How To Build Your MVP presentation that I gave at Harvard. But of course I get it’s a little hard without the voice over… so, here’s a walk through for some of the MVP examples from real startups. If you have more, it’d be awesome if you could […]

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