The Hacker Chick Blog

creativity, innovation, and pushing the edge on what's possible

MORI Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo

Technology, Instaculture, and The Death of Creativity

The quest for creativity in an #instaperfect world.

Tornado

Disruptive Innovation — maybe it’s time to expand our theory

20 years ago, Clay Christensen defined a Theory of Disruptive Innovation. One by which Uber and Google are not disruptive. Perhaps it’s time for an update.

Babe Ruth

Towards a Self-Healing Organization

What would happen if we stopped trying to make our organizations flawless and instead made them indestructible?

Kurebayashi: Tokyo Decora girl (image credit: Refinery29)

F*ck what other people want. What do YOU want?

I have a confession to make. There’s something that’s never quite resonated with me about Lean Startup.

Charles Darwin

Evolution is the ultimate hacker

If you’re interested in pushing the edge on what’s possible then you should look to evolution as a role model, because evolution is the ultimate hacker.

My Mom & I

Advice to a 14yo on Being a Girl in Tech

From Ask Me Anything — What would you tell 14 year old Abby about being a girl/future woman working in Tech?

Craigslist

What Makes Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurial?

Ever wondered what makes some people natural entrepreneurs while others can… well, hold down a real job?

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The Era of Creativity

Forget everything you think that you know. None of it works anymore. 

Artist with his paintings

What motivates you to create?

I’ve been asking developers what it is that motivates and excites them to write code in their spare time. The best answer I’ve gotten so far is from Brendan Kohler. To which, I exhibit zero surprise.

Developer throwing out specs

How to Work with Developers at Your Startup: A Guide for Non-Techies

Got developers at your startup? Freaking out because you have no idea how to manage them… judge the quality of their work… coach them through the forever changing product that marks the life of a startup…? Here’s what you need to do. Not just one of these. All of them. I know. It’s a long list. But they […]

Matt Cutts TED Talk

What do you want to add to your life?

The next 30 days are going to pass whether you like it or not, how are you going to use them to improve your life?

Perfectly Imperfect sign

Embracing imperfection

So if you’ve been following along, you know I’m in the middle of this 30 posts in 30 days challenge. Which, as a die-hard perfectionist who tends to blog more like 30 posts in 30 months…. well, is a challenge. My biggest challenge is allowing myself to put together a quick post to share my […]

Which do you want to be: perfect or innovative?

Do as I say, not as I do This is a quote I tweeted out last week with the comment A good reminder for us damn perfectionists: “It is easy to begin once you have accepted that what you produce may not be very good, and that’s normal.” — Megan Mcardle But, clearly. As I sit here at 5am […]

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 […]