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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 […]

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 […]

Reflections on 2012

Reflections on 2012

2012 was quite a rollercoaster year for me. It kicked off coming off of an unexpected December divorce and so I started the year by giving away over half of my (remaining) possessions and moving out of the house I’d dreamed of since I was a kid. It was time for a change, to hell […]

Who Are You Imitating

Who Are You Imitating?

When I first started writing The Hacker Chick Blog, I was incredibly taken by Kathy Sierra and her Creating Passionate Users blog. I loved how fun and edgy she was. I was in awe of her fearlessness in advancing her own ideas even when they flew in the face of conventional wisdom. Not only was […]

My Story from the Women in Tech Trenches

My Story from the Women in Tech Trenches

Elise Kovi from SoftArtisans interviewed me for their Women in Tech series. Reposting here with their permission: This is the ninth in a series of posts exploring the personal stories of real women in technology. Every woman in tech overcame, at the very least, statistical odds to be here; this blog series aims to find […]

Hack the Planet

Hack the Planet

After an amazing couple of years at Microsoft as their Evangelist for Startups, I found myself ready to move on. To step it up. I fell in love with Boston’s startup community and wanted to do more. I spent months trying to figure out what my next thing would be. Talking to to people, brainstorming […]

On Shipping More

On Shipping More

I’m not a fan of New Year’s Resolutions. I believe that every day gives us the opportunity to reinvent ourselves and so it’s silly to put so much stock into that one day each year. Nonetheless, with the new year starting this weekend, I find myself longing to create more and – in the words […]

Follow Your Own Path

Follow Your Own Path

Wanted to share my keynote from last week’s A-Ha! Social Media Summit. My marching orders for this were: “Abby – We just want you to give the people what they want: A fun, entertaining, inspirational, idea-filled *POW*!” So, just to set the stage – this is not going to be about lean startup or agile […]

Imagine a World Where Everyone Followed Their Passion

Imagine a World Where Everyone Followed Their Passion

Now I’m really embarrassed to admit it, but if I’m truly honest with myself then I have to admit I’ve got some stereotypes around people who…

The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

In 1935, Bill Wilson – an alcoholic whose doctor had given him 6 months to live if he didn’t quit drinking – had a vision. His vision was that while experts were ineffective in curing alcoholism, the addicts themselves were the keys to helping one another overcome the disease. And with that, Alcoholics Anonymous was […]

Whats Stopping You?

What’s Stopping You?

“To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.” – William James I got this quote from Michael Bungay Stanier’s book Do More Great Work. Great Work, you see, is what lights you up, it’s what makes a difference. Great Work is the work that matters. I can picture you right now, reading […]

Year in Review, Seth Godin Style

Year in Review, Seth Godin Style

Taking my queue from Seth Godin, I’m posting my list of what I shipped in 2010. As Seth describes it… “Yes, I know you’re a master of [whatever]… But what have you shipped? What have you done with your connection skills that has been worthy of criticism, that moved the dial and that changed the […]

Be a Rockstar

Be a Rockstar

Last month, Jason Baptiste wrote a most excellent article on 14 Reasons Why You Need to Start a Startup. In it he said: “They used to say that everyone should try to be a rockstar at least once in their lifetime. I’m going to add to that and say you should [also] be an entrepreneur” […]

Build Your Startup From the Heart

Build Your Startup from the Heart

The world, it seems, is changing. If you ask Daniel Pink, he’ll say that our "left-brained" aptitudes — logical, analytical skills, the types of things schools reward us for — are no longer sufficient if we want to remain competitive. These are, after all, the very things being automated by computers and outsourced at rates […]

Agile as the Path to Happiness?

Agile as the Path to Happiness?

This might be a sign that I’m working too much, but I keep finding myself making analogies between agile software development and how I want to be living my life. As strange as it sounds, I think it stems from how crazy life can be and how agile seems to have found some good tricks […]