Stop Crying in the Bathroom and Start Your Own Business

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 3:45 – 4:30pm in B202/203

Excerpt

The tech industry has a 'diversity problem' and companies are courting women, people of color and other marginalized people as the pressure mounts to hire someone besides 24-year-old cis, straight white male programmers.

However, for many marginalized people, working in startups, agencies, and large tech companies can be a miserable, demoralizing experience that literally results in crying in the bathroom.

There's more to life than startups. Come hear ideas for making your own path in the tech industry, without compromising your dignity or your mental health.

Description

The tech industry has a ‘diversity problem’ and companies are courting women, people of color and other marginalized people as the pressure mounts to hire someone besides 24-year-old cis, straight white male programmers.

However, for many marginalized people, working in startups, agencies, and large tech companies can be a miserable, demoralizing experience that literally results in crying in the bathroom.

There’s more to life than startups, Facebook, Google or Twitter. Come hear ideas for making your own path in the tech industry, without compromising your dignity or your mental health.

I will share my story of being fired for ‘culture fit’ and going on to start my own freelance business and share specific steps for other people who want to do the same thing.

Tags

business, independence, mental health, work-life balance

Speaking experience

OS Bridge 2013, Ignite Portland, Wordcamp Portland, Urban Summit 2014, Lesbians Who Tech 2014.

Speaker

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    Kronda Adair

    Karvel Digital

    Biography

    Kronda Adair is the founder of Karvel Digital, a WordPress consultancy and development company. In addition to developing websites, Kronda gives business owners the training they need to own and manage their digital presence.

    She is a regular speaker at WordPress meetups and Wordcamps. She has been invited to speak at Ada Developer Academy, Beyond the Code, Lesbians Who Tech Summit, and others. She has given talks on WordPress deployment processes, successful site planning, starting your own business and more.

    She also writes and speaks about issues of diversity (or lack thereof) in the tech industry. She has been interviewed by sites such as Revision Path and Less Than or Equal. You can read her personal blog at kronda.com or sign up for her weekly newsletter at tinyletter.com/kronda

    Her latest project is a book for business owners on managing your website and other digital assets, to be released in the fall of 2015.

    When she’s not working, she can be found enjoying time at home with her wife and two cats, reading dead-tree books, riding one of her five bikes, or enjoying the postcard vistas of the state of Oregon.

    Sessions

      • Title: Stop Crying in the Bathroom and Start Your Own Business
      • Track: Business
      • Room: B202/203
      • Time: 3:454:30pm
      • Excerpt:

        The tech industry has a ‘diversity problem’ and companies are courting women, people of color and other marginalized people as the pressure mounts to hire someone besides 24-year-old cis, straight white male programmers.

        However, for many marginalized people, working in startups, agencies, and large tech companies can be a miserable, demoralizing experience that literally results in crying in the bathroom.

        There’s more to life than startups. Come hear ideas for making your own path in the tech industry, without compromising your dignity or your mental health.

      • Speakers: Kronda Adair