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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I am incredibly proud to have launched hack/reduce, Boston’s Big Data hacker space, which will be officially opening it’s doors next week. Everything about this process has reinforced why I love the Boston startup community. The upswell of support from every corner of the community has been amazing. People reaching out that I’ve only met […]
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 […]
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 […]
Eric Paley of Founder Collective facilitated an awesome panel at the 2012 Nantucket Conference around startups whose businesses are built on the contributions not of their employees but of people in the communities they’ve created: uTest (testers in-the-wild for software), Skillshare (learn anything from anyone anywhere), and GrabCAD (GitHub for engineers). In each case, without […]
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 […]
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 […]
Over 130 people – half techies, half business folks – converged on Microsoft NERD this weekend to start their own companies, have some fun & make some noise. Friday night, 50 of them stood up and pitched their ideas in quick 60 second spots, interrupted only for a quick game of multiplayer rock-paper-scissors. Pitches ran […]
In celebration of my 1 year anniversary with Microsoft (who’d have thunk?), I sat down with the man that started it all: Jesse Liberty, to attempt to answer the question, “what exactly does an Evangelist for Startups do?” [audio:http://jesseliberty.com/wp-content/media/Show30.mp3] Yet Another Podcast #30 Abby Fichtner–Microsoft Evangelist Abby Fichtner is a Microsoft Evangelist specializing in startups […]
I’ve been feeling a bit like the poster child for social media with the new job. Just after landing it, I saw this awesome TED video by Gary Vaynerchuk on Do What You Love (no excuses!) and I thought my God, he’s talking about ME. When my old company got bought out a couple years […]
I wrote the start of this post after returning from a full day of interviews, what Microsoft has endearingly termed Finals Day… I had no idea I’d actually get to post it now, 2 weeks later, as I get ready to start this awesome new job… I just got back from my Finals Day with […]
Abby Fichtner is The Hacker Chick. She helps people build amazing technology and push the edge on what's possible.
She's taught classes for MIT and Harvard on innovation and entrepreneurship, worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs, and been named an Innovation Amplifier by the Boston Globe, one of the Top 25 Women in Boston Tech, and Boston's Startup Gaurdian Angel.
After 3 years at Harvard Innovation Lab, Abby now helps individuals to create their own products and businesses so they can bring in additional money, become their own boss, gain financial freedom, and do work they feel proud of.