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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
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” […]
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 […]
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 […]
Writing and software are my passions, but I’m always looking for new creative outlets and so a while back I started teaching myself how to draw. Not, mind you, that I was thinking of quitting my day job (I had absolutely no illusions of greatness – which you’d of course understand if you’d seen any […]
Abby Fichtner is The Hacker Chick. She helps people build amazing things and push the edge on what's possible.
She's taught for MIT and Harvard, worked with Fortune 100 organizations and hundreds of startups, and been named an Innovation Amplifier by the Boston Globe, one of the Top 25 Women in Boston Tech, and -- her favorite -- Boston's Startup Gaurdian Angel.
Today, she spends most of her time working on her art and helping individuals and organizations with Innovation, Creativity, and Pushing the Edge on What's Possible.