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WebJoy: Real Stories from Tech About the Struggles and Delights That Made Us Who We Are Today

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The WebJoy podcast is an inclusive community centered on celebrating the diverse origins, skills, and experiences that make up the tech industry.

Talking with guests about their origin stories, what they love about working in their roles, and what they find joy in keeps this an upbeat and rather lighthearted podcast.

We approach the world with optimism and hope, while recognizing the flaws and challenges within our own industry and the world at large. We believe that if we work together, we can all find our happy place.
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Jessica Wilkins joins the show to talk about her origin story coming from being a musician to building a passion project to promote diversity in classical music and how she got pulled into the tech industry by warm, friendly communities.We discuss a fun, approachable way to learn technology as we discuss Exercism, an online platform built to teach the joy of programming to everyone.(00:00) - Top 8 of Season 1: #7: "A fun, approachable way" (08:17) - Exercism (15:24) - FreeCodeCamp 🔗 Discussed LinksBlack Excellence Music ProjectExercism Learning PlatformFreeCodeCamp🙋 Guest LinksJessica's WebsiteJessica's TwitterJessica's LinkedInJessica's GitHub❤️ ReviewsIf you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, that will help others find the podcast as well! You can share your favorite guest or topic!Some other areas you can leave us reviews! Spotify, Podchaser.🗺️ WebJoy LinksWebJoy WebsiteWebJoy TwitterWebJoy InstagramWebJoy TikTokWebJoy YouTubeTo stay up to date, you can subscribe to A Lil' Bit of Joy which sends out a monthly email letting you know what's new in the WebJoy community.Creators & Guests Eddie - Host Jessica Wilkins - Guest
Carolina Lunardi Correa joins the show to talk about her origin story, from working as a supply chain professional to starting her first apprenticeship with Amazon!We discuss how she learned to code using leet code, and how life brings her joy. We also talk about what caused her to make the switch, how she used her current experience to slowly shift into product development from the business side and then finally getting a role as a software engineering apprentice. (00:00) - Top 8 of Season 1, #8: I learned how by doing leet code (Carolina)) (02:05) - Origin Story (14:26) - The Simple Things Bring Joy (18:55) - Accountability Buddies (22:11) - Wrapping Up 🔗 Discussed LinksAccountability Buddies Twitter Community🙋 Guest LinksCarolina's LinkedInCarolina's Twitter❓Listener SurveyIf you have 3 minutes, take our short listener survey.❤️ ReviewsIf you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, that will help others find the podcast as well! You can share your favorite guest or topic!Some other areas you can leave us reviews! Spotify, Podchaser.🗺️ WebJoy LinksWebJoy WebsiteWebJoy TwitterWebJoy InstagramWebJoy TikTokWebJoy YouTubeTo stay up to date, you can subscribe to A Lil' Bit of Joy which sends out a monthly email letting you know what's new in the WebJoy community.Creators & Guests Eddie - Host Carolina Correa - Guest
Kelly Vaughn joins the show to talk about her origin story, from learning html in neopets to doing freelancing, and eventually founding her own agency. More recently, Kelly has shifted to work as an Engineering Manager and now Engineering Director at Spot AI.We discuss how you have different levels of scope and responsibility depending on the size of the company you're working at and how changing the size of company you work at can be beneficial to your career and mental health. We dive into Kelly's love of reading and all the secrets she hides on her kindle 😉(00:00) - 1-44: I like to say I’m not gonna do something, and then I do it anyway (01:55) - Origin Story (11:29) - Reading (154 books last year!) (18:03) - Engineering Leadership Newsletter (19:26) - Wrapping Up 🔗 Discussed LinksGood Reads (The Site, but not Kelly's)Engineering Leadership Newsletter (Kelly's newsletter)🙋 Guest LinksKelly's TwitterKelly's LinkedInKelly's InstagramKelly's Mastodon❓Listener SurveyIf you have 3 minutes, take our short listener survey.❤️ ReviewsIf you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, that will help others find the podcast as well! You can share your favorite guest or topic!Some other areas you can leave us reviews! Spotify, Podchaser.🗺️ WebJoy LinksWebJoy WebsiteWebJoy TwitterWebJoy InstagramWebJoy TikTokWebJoy YouTubeTo stay up to date, you can subscribe to A Lil' Bit of Joy which sends out a monthly email letting you know what's new in the WebJoy community.Creators & Guests Eddie - Host Kelly Vaughn - Guest
Mike Chen joins the show to talk about his origin story, from Medical School and Biotech Research to being a self-taught developer, Mike worked at bigger and bigger start-ups before landing jobs at Yahoo, Google, and AirBnB, before finding a home as the CTO of a start-up.We discuss the pros and cons of start-ups vs. larger tech companies and why people may work for one or the other. We also talk about the delight of developer tooling, particularly in the React space with Next.js and Remix and how it fixes all the headaches we've had for years. We finish by chatting about a potential series Mike might write ... but will he?(00:00) - 1-43: A huge fan of spending as little time as possible typing (01:37) - Origin Story (06:43) - The Joy of Good Developer Tools (18:24) - Mike's Impending (or not impending) writing series (19:55) - Wrapping Up 🔗 Discussed LinksRemixNext.js🙋 Guest LinksMike's WebsiteMike's TwitterMike's GitHubMike's LinkedIn❤️ ReviewsIf you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, that will help others find the podcast as well! You can share your favorite guest or topic!Some other areas you can leave us reviews! Spotify, Podchaser.🗺️ WebJoy LinksWebJoy WebsiteWebJoy TwitterWebJoy InstagramWebJoy TikTokWebJoy YouTubeTo stay up to date, you can subscribe to Little Bit of WebJoy which sends out a monthly email letting you know what's new in the WebJoy community.Creators & Guests Eddie - Host Mike Chen - Guest
Ale joins the show to talk about her origin story, from growing up in Mexico and getting a degree in industrial engineering to switching into a career she is passionate about in software engineering.We discuss some of the hardships that Ale went through in her career recently, and yet some of the insight and hope it has brought her for the future. We also chat about her amazing CSS art and how it brings her (and the rest of us!) joy.🔗 Discussed LinksAle's Video about 2022Ale's CSS ArtPikachu Valentine's Day CardPsyduck CSS ArtKiki's Delivery Service Pixel Art🙋 Guest LinksAle's WebsiteAle's TwitterAle's YouTubeAle's TikTokAle's InstagramAle's LinkedIn❓Listener SurveyIf you have 3 minutes, take our short listener survey.❤️ ReviewsIf you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, that will help others find the podcast as well! You can share your favorite guest or topic!Some other areas you can leave us reviews! Spotify, Podchaser.🗺️ WebJoy LinksWebJoy WebsiteWebJoy TwitterWebJoy InstagramWebJoy TikTokWebJoy YouTubeTo stay up to date, you can subscribe to Little Bit of WebJoy which sends out a monthly email letting you know what's new in the WebJoy community.
Curtis Einsmann joins the show to talk about his origin story, how he got into Amazon's internship, earned an SDE I position and after years at Amazon has broken out to start working freelance.We discuss what it was like to work at Amazon, how he dealt with imposter syndrome and the lessons he learned from Amazon that helps him now work asynchronously at Gumroad, where he's only had 4 meetings this year!🔗 Discussed LinksThe Medium article that started it all: "Amazon shouldn't have hired me"Master the Code ReviewHow Gumroad works🙋 Guest LinksCurtis' WebsiteCurtis' BlogCurtis' TwitterCurtis' LinkedIn❓Listener SurveyIf you have 3 minutes, take our short listener survey.❤️ ReviewsIf you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, that will help others find the podcast as well! You can share your favorite guest or topic!Some other areas you can leave us reviews! Spotify, Podchaser.🗺️ WebJoy LinksWebJoy WebsiteWebJoy TwitterWebJoy InstagramWebJoy TikTokWebJoy YouTubeTo stay up to date, you can subscribe to Little Bit of WebJoy which sends out a monthly email letting you know what's new in the WebJoy community.
Jennie Yip joins the show to talk about her origin story, from building Sailor Moon fan sites to helping lead the Design System at Atlassian as a Design Architect.We discuss how she got into design, her integrated passions for design and software engineering, and we dive deep into Design Systems and how they support the companies they are built for, and it's inevitable need for a rebuild.🔗 Discussed LinksAtlassian's Current Design System🙋 Guest LinksJennie's WebsiteJennie's LinkedInJennie's Twitter❓Listener SurveyIf you have 3 minutes, take our short listener survey.❤️ ReviewsIf you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, that will help others find the podcast as well! You can share your favorite guest or topic!Some other areas you can leave us reviews! Spotify, Podchaser.🗺️ WebJoy LinksWebJoy WebsiteWebJoy TwitterWebJoy InstagramWebJoy TikTokWebJoy YouTubeTo stay up to date, you can subscribe to Little Bit of WebJoy which sends out a monthly email letting you know what's new in the WebJoy community.
Ar'Niqua Colman joins the show to talk about her origin story, from working in higher education to diving into the world of programming, bootcamps, and #100Devs.We discuss how hard it can be while trying to learn how to program, and how important it is to take care of yourself throughout the journey.🔗 Discussed Links100 Devs with Leon🙋 Guest LinksAr'Niqua's WebsiteAr'Niqua's TwitterAr'Niqua's LinkedInAr'Niqua's GitHub❓Listener SurveyIf you have 3 minutes, take our short listener survey.❤️ ReviewsIf you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, that will help others find the podcast as well! You can share your favorite guest or topic!Some other areas you can leave us reviews! Spotify, Podchaser.🗺️ WebJoy LinksWebJoy WebsiteWebJoy TwitterWebJoy InstagramWebJoy TikTokWebJoy YouTubeTo stay up to date, you can subscribe to Little Bit of WebJoy which sends out a monthly email letting you know what's new in the WebJoy community.
Carolina Lunardi Correa joins the show to talk about her origin story, from working as a supply chain professional to starting her first apprenticeship with Amazon!We discuss how she learned to code using leet code, and how life brings her joy. We also talk about what caused her to make the switch, how she used her current experience to slowly shift into product development from the business side and then finally getting a role as a software engineering apprentice. (00:00) - 138: I learned how by doing leet code (Carolina)) (01:11) - Origin Story (13:32) - The Simple Things Bring Joy (18:01) - Accountability Buddies (21:18) - Wrapping Up Discussed LinksAccountability Buddies Twitter CommunityCarolina's LinkedInCarolina's Twitter❤️ ReviewsIf you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, that will help others find the podcast as well! You can share your favorite guest or topic!Some other areas you can leave us reviews! Spotify, Podchaser.Creators & Guests Eddie - Host Carolina Correa - Guest
Sonia Moaiery joins the show to talk about her origin story, from working in product marketing in the the packaged goods food industry to working as a product marketing manager at companies like Glassdoor and Intercom.We discuss the differences between product marketing in and out of the tech industry, as well as what it is that keeps her interested this whole time. We talk about how she said she's never get a peloton, but she gave in as a mom during the pandemic, and now loves it!Discussed LinksSonia’s LinkedInSonia’s Sharebird Profile❤️ ReviewsIf you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, that will help others find the podcast as well! You can share your favorite guest or topic!Some other areas you can leave us reviews! Spotify, Podchaser.
Clifford Fajardo joins the show to talk about his origin story, from studying social sciences and planning on a career like a lawyer, to going through a coding bootcamp. After leaving the coding bootcamp and being convinced to come back and finish it, he now works at LinkedIn!We discuss him failing the LinkedIn interview the first time before passing it when he returned a year later, and being open to how things come up and just seeing what happens as you build social connections. We also talk about how you learn based on your environment and the people around you, as well as how the tech industry is big enough that you can choose to specialize in a specific tool or community.Discussed LinksCodingTech YouTubeCodeAcademyJavaScript30 by Wes BosRemixClifford's WebsiteClifford's TwitterClifford's GitHubClifford's LinkedInApprenticeshipsLinkedIn ReachAirBnB ConnectAmazon Technical ApprenticeshipsTwitter Apprenticeship❤️ ReviewsIf you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, that will help others find the podcast as well! You can share your favorite guest or topic!Some other areas you can leave us reviews! Spotify, Podchaser.
Melody joins the show to talk about her origin story, from working in the medical field on both humans and pets to jumping into learning development, in public, live, on Twitch!We discuss what pushed her to make the switch, the difficult and enjoyable parts of her journey. We also discuss her anxiety for public speaking and how going live on Twitch has helped her overcome it.🔗 Discussed LinksFreeCodeCampCodeAcademy100 Devs with Leon🙋 Guest LinksMelody's TwitterMelody's LinktreeMelody's WebsiteMelody's Twitch❓Listener SurveyIf you have 3 minutes, take our short listener survey.❤️ ReviewsIf you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, that will help others find the podcast as well! You can share your favorite guest or topic!Some other areas you can leave us reviews! Spotify, Podchaser.🗺️ WebJoy LinksWebJoy WebsiteWebJoy TwitterWebJoy InstagramWebJoy TikTokWebJoy YouTubeTo stay up to date, you can subscribe to Little Bit of WebJoy which sends out a monthly email letting you know what's new in the WebJoy community.
Nicole Franq joins the show to talk about her origin story, from getting a business degree and doing hedge fund accounting to embracing creativity and becoming a designer.We discuss atomic principles and how the little choices, habits and experiences form into a larger part of who we are and where we want to go. We talk about how she mentors people and tries to provide the advice that she didn't have when starting out.Discussed LinksNicole's WebsiteNicole's TwitterNicole's YouTubeNicole's InstagramWe Are UX: An exclusively inclusive community of UX Designers that Nicole helped start.❤️ ReviewsIf you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, that will help others find the podcast as well! You can share your favorite guest or topic!Some other areas you can leave us reviews! Spotify, Podchaser.
DJ Taylor joins the show to talk about his origin story, from being a music teacher to getting his first job as a programmer, and all about his learning journey along the way.We discuss how the learning never actually stops, no matter how long you've been in the career. We also talk about the power of community and connections and some of the personal connections that helped DJ find and make his way.Discussed LinksThe Collab LabDJ's WebsiteDJ's LinkedIn❤️ ReviewsIf you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, that will help others find the podcast as well! You can share your favorite guest or topic!Some other areas you can leave us reviews! Spotify, Podchaser.
Rashel Hariri joins the show to talk about her origin story, from being attracted to the creativity of marketing at a young age to working in Marketing at McDonald's and Shopify, and now as a fractional CMO for tech start-ups as well as an entrepreneur making Chelle Body.We discuss how the journey of your career isn't always as clear, looking forward as it is at the end, looking back. We talk about the role of marketing in the tech industry and the similarities and differences from inside and outside the tech industry. Discussed LinksRashel's WebsiteRashel's Twitter: @RashelHaririChelle Body❤️ ReviewsIf you could leave us a review on Apple Podcasts, that will help others find the podcast as well! You can share your favorite guest or topic!Some other areas you can leave us reviews! Spotify, Podchaser.
Rizel Scarlett joins the show to talk about her origin story, from pursuing a degree in Psychology to becoming a Developer Advocate at GitHub.We discuss the challenges getting into tech, particularly for people of color, and how non-inclusive environments can sometimes create the illusion of imposter syndrome, when it's really a lack of healthy workplace culture. We talk about how Rizel started G{Code} House to help carve a path for young women and non-binary people of color because of her own challenges in the tech industry.Discussed LinksG{Code} HouseG{Code} House TwitterRizel's Twitter: @BlackGirlBytes
Ollie joins the show to talk about his origin story, from working a lot of odd jobs like being a waiter, doing radio shows, and stand-up comedy to working as a go-to-marketer at Google Chrome and now at Replay.We discuss collaborative debugging, something that is becoming more popular and that Replay is working to make easy and enjoyable! We also chat about the biggest secret about Replay ... they employ wizards! Discussed LinksReplayOllie's Twitter: @OllieDeAlb
Amber joins the show to talk about her origin story, from studying economics and accounting to learning how to program, becoming a software engineer and now co-hosting the Glowing in Tech podcast.We discuss the challenges of getting into tech as a career switcher, and the 4 types of imposter syndrome. She shares about how she started interviewing for technical degrees and jobs too early, but what she learned from that journey.Discussed LinksCoding Black FemalesGlowing in Tech's TwitterGlowing in Tech PodcastAmber's WebsiteAmber's Twitter: @AmberLeeTech
Bonnie Kate Wolf joins the show to talk about her origin story: how her love for making little drawings turned into eventually making icons for some of the biggest companies in tech, like Netflix!We discuss how she took the challenges of the job market in the COVID-19 pandemic and turned it into a benefit as she set out on her freelance journey. We talk about her adventures expanding to "large scale work" (80x80 pixels) and the joy she's found lately in oil painting and abstract art. Discussed LinksFigma AcademyNetflix Case StudyBonnie's WebsiteBonnie's Twitter: @BonnieKateWolf
Anh-Tho joins the show to talk about her origin story, from working in fin-tech in Africa to starting her own start-up and having to pivot to find the right market fit for the company.We discuss the how to minimize regrets to enjoy life to it's fullest and how even embracing the things that are the scariest can help you live life the way it's meant to be.Discussed LinksLago (Anh-Tho's company)Anh-Tho's Twitter: @byAnhTho
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