Crushing Code...and Expectations of Women in Tech

"There is a profound joy in surprising those who underestimated you." Our co-founder tweeted that last week and like any Justin Bieber song, it's been stuck in my head ever since. I couldn't figure out why it struck such a chord at first. Then it hit me: Surprising people who underestimate me is my favorite thing about being a woman in tech.

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Celebrating 2015, a Blockbuster Year for People and Products

It isn’t hard for product people at HubSpot to agree on what the most important milestone of 2015 was. We spent months anticipating it, hours preparing for it, and days reflecting on the highs and the lows after it was over. That’s right, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a defining highlight. But like many engineers, designers, and product leaders around the world, our development team has a lot to celebrate from the past year beyond the destruction of a third, even larger Death Star.

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Meet the Movers and Makers: Steve Purcell, Tech Lead

Name: Steve Purcell

Role: Tech Lead, Leadin

Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

Last book you read:  The Innovator’s Dilemma. In the early stages of Leadin we spent a lot of time reimagining inbound marketing and exploring how we could make it accessible to everyone. This book is all about disruption so it was a great resource along the way.

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Meet the Movers and Makers: Michael Axiak, Principal Software Engineer

Name: Michael Axiak

Role: Principal Software Engineer

What was the last book you read?

I just finished David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers. While it may be a bit biased, I really enjoyed learning about their humble pursuit to build what they knew could exist. In addition to the focus on the brothers themselves, it’s easy to feel a sense of wonder for the early 1900s. Here was a time when automobiles, the telephone, radio and relativity were all new. It definitely makes one wonder about the speed of innovation today and if we’ll feel at all similarly about the progression of AI and automation.

 

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An Insider’s Guide to the Grace Hopper Celebration

The 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration is less than a month away and women from all over the country are getting ready to take over Texas, see as many talks as possible from speakers like Sheryl Sandberg, and meet a ton of new people that are passionate about product development. If that sounds awesome, it’s because it is.

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Social Engineering: Why Managers Should Prioritize Team Bonding

There are three key ingredients that go into creating a remarkable product culture. The first is ensuring that every person on your development team has an exciting and challenging mission. Then you need to give them the tools, resources, and autonomy to be successful in their mission. The third piece, and arguably the most challenging, is surrounding employees with high-wattage people who they can learn from and bond with.

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