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But, I Don’t Want to be an Entrepreneur: Permission and Choice

Tina Seelig, author of What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (Amazon) teaches courses in Entrepreneurship and Creativity at Stanford. I was fascinated as to what teaching entrepreneurship would consist of (you can see the course list here). The big message I found in her book was about giving yourself permission – permission […]

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WISE Talk: 3 Things That Make Me Luckier

Commentary (I didn’t have slides) for the talk I gave for UO WISE. I thought I was going to come and have an informal chat about how interviewing at Google is not that scary, and then I saw Krystal’s tweet. [blackbirdpie id=”55757050474532864″] I freaked out a little, to be honest. Like, woah – I need […]

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Books: Assorted

In general, I think I’ve been reading too much of the same kind of book. And it’s starting to be a little repetitive; I’m not getting enough new ideas from them. However it’s my birthday next month (May 4th) and the best thing anyone could get me is a Kindle book, especially if it’s something weird or […]

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Being Perfect

Sacha recommended Being Perfect (Amazon). It is a charming, insightful book. I’ve never been very perfect, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying. It’s a reminder to look at our motivations, and to dance our own beat. I love it. Probably way too many quotes below – which I’ve added the emphasis to. Go and […]

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4 Hours to Smash the CS Stereotype and Create Something Beautiful

Ali and I will presenting our paper 4 Hours to Smash the CS Stereotype and Create Something Beautiful (pdf) at the upcoming CICE Education conference in Toronto. Christine Alvarado of Harvey Mudd college came to Google last month to gave a talk on how they’d brought female enrollment in Computer Science up to 42%. The talk is called “Three […]

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Confronting the Brutal Facts of Reality

In Good to Great (Amazon), one of the things they found to differentiate great companies is that they confront the brutal facts of reality. It’s a question I’m asking myself more often since reading the book – am I being brutally honest with myself? Is this how reality actually is? Am I ignoring anything that will come back […]

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Stop Waiting; It’s Today

My boyfriend is supposed to be moving out to Canada at the start of April, but his visa application got held up. He was contemplating keeping his apartment in London and staying another month. I said, Don’t do that. Spending an extra month living in limbo will suck. I give great advice (sometimes). I should […]

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Being Yourself On The Internet

I’m Cate, I work for Google as a Software Engineer (on mobile Gmail). For fun, I’m a qualified ski instructor and I love to kickbox. I was the Instigator of Awesome at Awesome Ottawa, and I do various things around getting more women into CompSci. I have a BSc from the University of Edinburgh and […]

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Leadership and the Sexes

Leadership and the Sexes: Using Gender Science to Create Success in Business has some insights into the differences between men and women and how that can affect various things in the workplace. A lot of it is, “oh, I can see that” – not that a reaction like that means the book is not worth […]

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Right Now Is Just Fine

I travel completely chaotically. Most of the time I can’t remember where I’m staying (yay for free wifi at airports), I almost never exchange currency in advance, and I would never dream of arriving the “recommended” three hours before an international flight. The thing is, I know it will never be as awful as taking the boat […]