(Long post alert!) The meme is old but the current phase may well have started with Tereza's idea of starting an XX Combinator, an incubator for women entrepreneurs. New York based VC, Fred Wilson gave the idea wings on his blog. He was then quoted in a now-widely discussed Wall Street Journal article, in which … Continue reading “Women in tech”: what gives?
Link: You can vote on my Amazon Review here. Atul Gawande's The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right comes close on the heels of Umberto Eco's The Infinity of Lists. Both books are about lists and both emphasise the ability of lists to bring about order and control. Both books attracted me because I … Continue reading The Checklist Manifesto
What a difference two days make! First, T-Mobile in the UK informed the Information Commissioner's Office that some of its own rogue employees had sold on the firm's contract customer data to third parties. These third parties then ring the contract customers just before their contract expiry to offer deals that may or may not … Continue reading Whose data are they anyway?
For nerds, scientists and Charles Darwin fans, the year 2009 is a bumper year. It is both the 200th year of his birth, and the 150th year of the publication of The Origin of Species. Through the summer, I spent many a fascinating afternoon in Down House, where Darwin lived with his family after returning … Continue reading Lessons for success from Darwin’s life
Today is Ada Lovelace Day 2009, an international day to celebrate women excelling in technology. "Who was Ada?", you may well ask. The answer is here. I signed a pledge to write today about a woman - or women - in technology that I admire. I interpret the brief loosely. I believe technology is not … Continue reading Admirable women-in-technology: Ada Lovelace Day 2009
Link: You can vote on the Amazon review of this book here. "I think numbers are the best way to represent the world's uncertainties", "I see numbers, I question them and I can interpret them for the less numerate", "I see numbers and I freeze". These three possible options are based on a rough categorisation … Continue reading The Tiger That Isn’t, or why you needn’t be afraid of numbers
Is management an art or a science? This is the direction in which the conversation in the comments section of an earlier post on Recession-proofing Your Career veered. The answer, just as with other questions in life, is not clear cut, nor all-pleasing at all times. But to me, the question should be different. Are … Continue reading Art or Science?
At this time, I know two women and know of another woman, who are all undergoing the prolonged physical and mental agony of a battery of treatments to have a child. It has led to many interesting conversations with the former two about identity, the role of children and the reasons behind why they are … Continue reading Maybe baby?
Yes, I know that post title should have been followed by 'sic' in brackets. I can spell fine but before 'pharming' was cruelly hijacked by 'phishers', it used to imply a combination of the agricultural methods with advanced biotechnology. This involves insertion, into plants and animals, of genetic material that would code for useful drug … Continue reading Farmaceuticals..