Inspiration

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

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Why “Hacker” ?

As a self-taught programmer, the most inspirational book for me in my early years, what really made me want to be a coder and never look back, was Steven Levy’s Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution. In it, Levy describes the early computer hackers, starting back at MIT in the 1950’s, and their insatiable thirst […]

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Fuck 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.

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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.

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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?

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What Makes Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurial?

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

30 Days of Getting Shit Done

Screw New Years Resolutions. If you really want to get shit done in 2018, join us in the Tech Misfits Creativity Lab for 30 Days of Getting Shit Done. It’s free, it’s fun, you’ll get to do it alongside the elite tech misfits (remember that you are the average of the 5 people you spend […]

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The Era of Creativity

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

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What are you afraid to admit you’re afraid of?

I’m afraid that I will never find my zone of genius because this one thing leaves me terrified…

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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.

Where the Magic Happens

How can I help you to push the edge on what’s possible?

In packing to move to my new home (3 weeks!!!) I stumbled over a pile of thank you notes I’ve gotten from student hackers & entrepreneurs that I’ve worked with (seriously, students are the best. Hand-written thank you notes! Who does that?!). And all these memories came flooding back… I’ve been so crazy, over-the-top, fortunate […]

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?

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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 […]

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The Shame of Creativity

It’s clear, yet weirdly unspoken, that I confused a lot of people when I decided to go from being Hacker in Residence for Harvard Innovation Lab to creating websites.

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 […]

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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…

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 […]