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

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 […]

Beautiful Fashions in Tech

Beautiful Fashions in Tech

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 […]

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

This is so unreal and yet, BOOM! the beauty of the world.

The Ideation Framework

The Ideation Framework

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 – […]

Agile Mindset for Your Startup

Agile Mindset for Your Startup

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 […]

So You Want to Do a Startup

So You Want To Do a Startup? [Teaser]

So… you want to do a startup? Come see my talk at Agile 2013! Here’s a teaser… So, You Want to do a Startup? from Abby Fichtner, Hacker Chick on Vimeo.

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 […]

Startup Validation Hacks

Startup Validation Hacks

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 […]

5 Awesome MVP Examples

5 Awesome MVP Examples

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 […]

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How to Build an MVP

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 […]

Lean Startup 101 For Everyone

Lean Startup 101 for Everyone

The intersection of students & startups is a really happy place for me and so it’s been awesome that I’ve gotten to teach students about how to do startups at four (!) different universities over the last 4 weeks (yes, it’s been a whirlwind!). MIT, Harvard, London Business School and Northeastern. Developers, designers, business students, […]

Focus in Chaos: Why I Like Kanban for Startups

Focus in Chaos: Why I Like Kanban for Startups

It’s okay if you don’t know exactly where you’re going  – because things are always changing – just so long as you’re focused on the Right Things. BUT, this is really hard at a startup precisely because everything is always changing. It’s essential that your developers are okay with these points. It drives me a […]

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 […]

Blog Update

Blog Update!

Decided The Hacker Chick Blog needed a bit of a face lift. Nothing major – just hopefully a little cleaner, maybe a little more playful. Hope you like. A couple things: I finally managed to update my About to reflect that I’m no longer at Microsoft (yeah, I’m a bit behind) and to use a […]