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Inspiration Friday — 10 Lessons from Tiffany Shlain – Founder of The Webbys

May 15, 2015

I was inspired by the great presentation by Tiffany Shlain on lessons of life!

I’ll share by favorites!

top ten

  1. Know what you want and know when to walk away.   You won’t succeed at everything.   So know which things to stick with and which things to throw over!
  2. Be over prepared.   Enough said!
  3. Think outside the box.    Tiffany shared a story about how she didn’t like to negotiate so she had folks email her “alternative email” so that she could negotiate in a  different voice.   Think about different ways to be strong!
  4. Renegotiate your definition of success.   It does change throughout life!
  5. Negotiate boundaries with technology.    Tiffany and her family turn off all devices one day a week — their family’s new favorite day!
  6. Whoever throws out the first number loses.    (Her freebie!)
  7. Always use the Love Sandwich approach.   Start with the good, what “they” will get.   Add in the middle what you want — and close with the “what they will get”
  8. Seek advice from a diverse group of people.
  9. Workout your courage.  It is like a muscle that needs to be exercised.
  10. Have fun and constantly be changing!

 

 

 

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Give back ! People who need help sometimes look a lot like people who don’t need help

May 12, 2015
“People who need help sometimes look a lot like people who don’t need help.'”
Glennon Doyle Melton
I worked with a great leader, Ted Childs, who once coached that I should always be pulling s
I love this advice because as a leader, it places your focus on others not on yourself!
  • I once worked with a gentleman who was so put together.  But what I didn’t know was that his wife had MS and was struggling to deal with his new situation.
  • Or a young talented girl that is coding in Hackathons but has to have another job to make ends meet.

You never know what is behind each person!

 

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Amsterdam Opens FIRST Innovation Space for developers and entrepreneurs! IBM, StartupHouse and more!

April 16, 2015

We are proud to announce our first IBM Innovation Space in the vibrant Amsterdam StartupHouse community!  Full Story

With this announcement,  we are confirming our deep commit to entrepreneurs and developers looking to push disruption and accelerate innovation!!

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With over 600 participants, 3X what expected, B.Amsterdam was completely Sold Out! In collaboration with Startupbootcamp,  and their sister company Innoleaps,  we are offering a unique experience for the Amsterdam ecosystem.

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Today,  15 startups did their 3 minute pitch in front of a crowded amphitheater of investors, corporates and entrepreneurs:

  • SustainerHomes just closed their first deal live here just few minutes before their pitch!!! Things happen at the speed of light
  • Cupenya with their predictive analytics innovative solution impressed the audience!  They shared how IBM Bluemix unleashed them on the market. coming back from CEBIT with a lots of leads this opening certainly  allowed to further accelerate their growth!

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We saw super long lines of enthusiastic developers waiting for Bluemix demos (Twitter handles and Poseidon project).  There was so my energy from the endless possibility of composing App this platform can offer!

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My Top 3 Ahas from the NASA Space App Challenge

April 12, 2015

I loved spending the last 2 days at the NASA Space App Challenge.

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The first day I was at the Women of Data with 75 amazing women ranging in age from 13 to 75.   Each was incredible — and I learned so much from each one.   Saturday was the first day of the Hackathon ,and while IBM was engaged in over 70 of the hacks and the virtual hack with IBM Bluemix, I was at the NYC hack today with 3 astronauts, the NASA CTO, and Beth from NASA who runs the Innovation Program.  I had so many AHA moments but I thought I’d pick out my top 3 and share with all of you!

1.   Community Matters.

Yesterday I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes by Brian Solis:  “Community is much more than belonging to something; it’s about doing something together that makes belonging matter.”   As we were chatting yesterday after a session, our circle of “girls” kept growing and growing.  I loved the community that formed as we were all united in a common goal!

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2.  Hacks Give Confidence

Today I met amazing people who have gained tremendous confidence through hacking.   Olivia who “borrowed” an XML book from her brother, and then googled Ruby to learn language, Tae who attends Leigh University who could hardly sit still for a chat cause he wanted to go and code, and Katie who is a great combo of theater and code !!

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3.   NASA’s Data Gift not only helps NASA, but all of us!  Open source and crowdsoucing has a MAJOR impact!

During this Space Apps Challenge, NASA opened up new APIs and 200 data sources.   They did this not for their own gain, but for helping space, earth, and entrepreneurs.     Their own astronauts are committed to the collaborative economy — authentically !

This era of the collaborative economy is going to change the world.  And that’s what I witnessed today — a world changing event!

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Live at Professional Business Women of California Sr Women Forum!

March 9, 2015

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What I learned from the Women of the Cloud Get Together at IBM Interconnect!

March 3, 2015

With over 1000 women joining us for the Women in the Cloud event at IBM Interconnect, we heard Ted Talks from:

  • Lisa Seacat DeLuca – IBM’s Most Prolific Woman Inventor
  • Maria Winans – IBM’s VP of Marketing
  • Marie Wieck – IBM’s GM of Software
  • Laurie McCabe – CEO / Founder SMB Group
  • Frances West – IBM’s Executvie for Accessibility
  • me!
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Here’s my Top 10.5 Top Aways!

  1. Learn how to say No!   Not every opportunity is a good one so don’t say yes to everything.   Pick and choose those with the highest Return on Investment or Most Joy!
  2. You Can have it ALL but you have to define what your ALL is.    What brings you joy and excitement should be your bar, not what others desire.
  3. Exercise!   Almost all of the TED talks valued working out to de stress and stay healthy!
  4. Prioritize yourself.  The analogy I used was on a flight and in life, put your safety mask on first.  Then you can help others.  Sometimes it is ok to make you a priority.
  5. Have a support structure.   All of us need help and so when your daughter comes home with that last minute tea and you have a big presentation, have a support team who can sub in when needed.  You’ll need a strong support network for your personal life to meet the challenges of integrating work and life. Ask help of those around you – friends, family, and neighbors
  6. Take risks. Stretch opportunities, coaching and placement in roles outside of your “comfort zone” is critical to building leadership attributes
  7. Have fun.    Many examples of where women excel more when they loved what they were doing.   Do what brings you joy!
  8. Move from “can it be done” to “how can I get it done”.   Attitude and tone is really important but for your teams and you!
  9. Believe in yourself.   Make sure you have confidence in you and your abilities and those crazy ideas.
  10. Give yourself permission. Don’t feel guiltly about decisions  Make a decision and stand behind it. As one executive put it, “Don’t spend your time feeling guilty afterwards because you may be putting unnecessary pressure on yourself.”

10.5  Get a massage weekly!

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Coffee Break: Jason McGee, IBM Cloud CTO explains why this is the year of the hybrid cloud!

February 23, 2015

Cloud is transforming entire industries around us! I recently caught up with Jason McGee, IBM Fellow and IBM Cloud CTO, who explains how cloud changes the way apps are being built and why this is the year of the hybrid cloud.

We’ll be discussing more of these topics at IBM InterConnect this week!

 

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