“Our current writer and editor roles have ended,” the email read. “Effective immediately.”
There were many predictable phrases in the 700-word email that arrived in my inbox late in the day on December 1, 2011. Things like “fast-changing environment” and “some hard decisions,” but those two words — “effective immediately” — are what stuck with me the longest.
In the blink of an eye, my writing career appeared to be dead in the water. It felt so sudden, so terribly final. But it had been brewing behind the scenes for some time.
There was no doubt about it: Google was…
I get a lot of questions about how to get started in tech, especially from people who live where I live — Nigeria. While I can’t offer a one-size-fits-all answer to most of the questions, I think I can help by explaining how to think about getting started.
The majority of the questions I get about starting a career in tech in Nigeria are about learning how to write code. I think this is as a result of two things:
Each year, 600 coders gather to talk shop at a conference in New York called PyGotham. The organizers know how male and white the tech industry is, so they make a special effort to recruit a diverse speaker lineup. They promote the event on mailing lists for women and people of color who code, and they run a workshop for women in tech to encourage them to submit talks. The organizers ask speakers to fill out a demographic survey so they can track the progress of the conference’s diversity.
I serve on the conference committee, and after PyGotham ended this…