From selling Apple products to creating iOS apps: Ashby’s story

Ashby worked at the Apple Store for two years after high school, only to discover how passionate she was about building her own apps. She looked into a traditional CS degree, but landed on The Iron Yard as her path to becoming a junior developer. Today, she works at Possible Mobile and is doing exactly what she dreamed of doing: creating apps as an iOS Developer. Here’s a bit more of Ashby’s story.  Read More

Mentorship and women in technology

Public Radio International (PRI) shared a story earlier this week on The World around the dearth of women in technology. The story followed Neha Narula, who is part of the PDOS group at MIT CSAIL. Basically, she’s a Ph.D. who focuses on building systems, understanding how they perform and making them faster. Even with her level of expertise, Neha shares how she still feels alone as one of very few women in this male-dominated field.

There have been points in time when I thought I don’t want to do this anymore. This is hard. This is not enjoyable. I don’t like the interactions that I’m having. I don’t want to be in this environment anymore. But, I’m glad I stuck with it, just to be an example; to show that you can do it. It’s possible. It’s doable. And if you really like this stuff, you should do it. You shouldn’t give up.

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