I first learned about Denver Startup Week through Denver’s Google Development Group in late summer of 2014.
I went to only a few sessions in 2014, but they were enough to pique my interest to be ready for the next one,
Women in Tech
The first session I went to was Women in Tech, led by Ingrid Alongi and Wendy DuBow.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download
As Science-turned-Math major in undergraduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), I could not help but notice that there were very few women in the Math and Science classes I took — with the exception being Biology. Taking some art classes several years later, I noticed that those classes were biased the other way, having mostly women and very few men in them.
Because I was still very young, this seemed to be just “the way things are.”
Flash forward to Denver Startup Week in 2014, and I finally learned that just because this is “the way things are” does not mean that everyone likes “things” this way, or that it is the best way for “things” to be, or that “things” need to stay this way. So this session was extremely enlightening, to say the least, and it made a lasting impression!
One could fill a book with details about these “things.” Rather than expand on how change is finally happening, I will just offer this link to a site I learned about at the end of Wendy DuBow’s talk, NCW&IT.
You might also consider attending similar sessions at the next Denver Startup Week. I anticipate they will have similar sessions, because it is obvious that this sort of gender bias is definitely a “thing.”
This year I also attended sessions on Building Teams and Pushing Back.
The Building Teams session was a round-table discussion, with participants from Send Grid, Solid Fire, and Photo Bucket, and a few other companies that did not make it into my notes. The topics discussed by members of the panel included:
- What was your biggest mistake?
- Interestingly, hiring the wrong person and waiting too long to hire someone can both be wrong moves.
- What is a Startup?
- Although tech companies get a lot of attention, Denver Startup Week is about all types of startups. The intent is for it to appeal not only to technology companies but also to restaurant owners, landscapers, and anyone else interested in going their own way.
- How to maintain a Corporate Culture?
- One recommendation is to embrace qualities that can scale, and that will still be relevant as the company grows. And one caveat is that a single person can ruin the entire culture, so it is important to listen to employees.
The last session I went to was about Pushing Back. Here we learned that startups go through the following phases:
Pushing Back is most relevant to the Validation and Growth phases.
The take-aways from this session include the need to listen to customers, perhaps by watching them as they use a new app. Relying on experimentation, and being aware of and not trusting your assumptions and biases, is also extremely important.
When a problem surfaces, one technique for finding the root cause is to use a technique known as the “Five Whys.” This may seem a bit childish, but it is effective.
It looks like this:
Sure it may be difficult to do this, but I guess that’s why it’s called “Pushing Back.”
Next time you have a problem, try solving it using this technique see here. You might be surprised at what you learn.
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It’s totally free and I guarantee there is enough variety for it to offer something for everyone!