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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 – […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The week before I started at Harvard Innovation Lab, I was there as a guest lecturer – giving a talk on How to Build Your MVP to a bunch of Harvard undergrads who were working on creating – for many – their very 1st startups. I wanted to show them that they didn’t have to […]
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.