|February 27, 2013||Posted by Angela under Business & Technology|
I came across a TechCrunch article titled, Watch Zuck, Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, & Others In Short Film To Inspire Kids To Learn How To Code, and had to watch the video. Code.org, a non-profit foundation dedicated to growing computer programming education, has a powerful message and as someone that works with some of the brightest developers in the world and as a parent, it’s my job to do my part and share this message.
At Rackspace, I have had the sincere pleasure of working with developers and these people are changing the world as we know it. My responsibility has been to understand what they’re working on and share their work with the world. Humans today communicate with the power of computing – it’s how we live. What many don’t understand is that there are people building behind the scenes not only keeping the lights on but building technologies that are changing humanity. If you hadn’t seen our One Very Proud Dad video, please watch.
When you think about these developers, you wonder how did they learn what they know when only 9 out of 10 schools offer computer programming classes. Well, they taught themselves. They’ve collaborated with others like them on web. With computer programming jobs growing at 2X the national average, we’re doing a disservice to our world’s future by not integrating computer programming curriculum into our children’s education. We need more computer programmers! Check out all the stats on code.org/stats.
|February 26, 2013||Posted by Angela under Business & Technology|
Marissa Mayer makes a bold move by instituting a policy that Yahoo employees can no longer work from home. Of course, remote employees will not be happy about this but those that make the trip to the office every day might thank her. There’s definitely strong opinions on both sides and there’s no doubt she is going to get some criticism for this move. I highly respect her for making such a bold move. I think for those that disagree with her should read in between the lines first. She’s not saying that people that work from home are not productive or that they don’t contribute to the bottom line or that their talent is not appreciated; she’s just saying that there is more opportunity for innovation and creativity when you’re around like-minded people. This is not to bash remote employees so people should not be defensive about it. This recent article on Forbes, Memo to Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer: Leaders Admit When They’re Wrong, is a bit of a stretch. If you read thoroughly, it appears that the author really took this personally rather than thinking about the state of Yahoo as a company and understanding why Marissa has made this decision.
I have experience managing a remote employee as does my husband. These employees are highly productive and get the job done – no doubt. But imagine the endless possibilities if they were around people that think like them, that can challenge them, that they can bounce ideas off of? Maybe their level of productivity remains the same or maybe it decreases, but what if what you’re getting done could be done better? So yes, you’re killing your task list, but what if it’s the wrong task list? What if there’s a better way? I think being around people and having conversations helps you think about these things.
In order for it to make sense, however, companies need to make their office environments more than just a desk and cubicles. It needs to be a place where employees look forward to going to. It needs to be a 2nd home. This is why Google does such a great job at this. They have great healthy food available for free, laundry service, gym, daycare, onsite doctors, etc. There are private areas so you can focus on something and get it done (if distraction is the culprit to your productivity) and then there are areas set aside for collaboration (and the employees play a part in designing these areas).
I think that Marissa is a making a good move but to be fair, her company has a responsibility to make the Yahoo office a place where it is better than working from home.
Make sure to read the article here: http://money.cnn.com/2013/02/25/technology/yahoo-work-from-home/index.html
|February 14, 2013||Posted by Angela under Family Stuff, The Arts, Film, Music, Fashion, Words of Inspiration & Motivation|
|February 13, 2013||Posted by Angela under Words of Inspiration & Motivation|
We had what we call a “marketing all hands” today where our department lead rallies us together to talk about successes and goals. Our CMO, Suaad Sait, shared this video with us as an opening to his presentation.
As you know, I love content like this. What does this video mean to me? As a company grows, it’s easy to get caught up in org charts and processes. It’s easy to call your job a “job.” I’m fortunate, that after 10 years, I still believe in Rackspace and the mission that we’re on. Granted, I’m not always “drinking the koolaid” as one would say but for the most part, I am – and I am proud of it! We’re on a journey to greatness and if you believe in it, it’s easy to wake up everyday and strive to be awesome.
|January 17, 2013||Posted by Angela under Family Stuff|
Life goes by so fast that we sometimes forget to reflect on the wonderful things we’re grateful for. 2012 was a wonderful year for my family and I wanted to take some time to document and remember.
The Big 30!
We turned 30 this year. I hosted a dinner party at our house for my 30th and we celebrated Jason’s 30th in Vegas! Every 10 years of life deserves a special celebration.
Milestone in my Career
This has been a big year in my career because I’ve had the opportunity to build an award winning team (seriously, we won awards) that produced over 500 pieces of content (in 2012) and most importantly, led my largest project yet. I also spent time doing some personal development with an amazing mentor.
Hosted a Spanish Student
We had the sincere pleasure of hosting Pablo, a 14 year old boy from Spain, at our home this summer through the Global Journeys program. It was a wonderful experience for not only him but for our family.
Jacob Turns 2
Jacob turned 2 and we were so blessed to have his 3 great grandmothers, both sets of grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents, cousins and friends all there to celebrate with him. We also managed to take him to a MLB game in Denver, NBA game in San Antonio and NFL game in Dallas. (ok maybe it was for mommy and daddy so hopefully he doesn’t get use to this!)
Milestone in Jason’s Career
Jason completed his UT Business Certification. (a big deal because my husband would rather be on his computer building new technologies then being lectured in a classroom)
Baby on the Way
And lastly, we are most excited to be expecting a little girl this coming April.
We’re incredibly blessed and couldn’t be happier. Cheers to 2013!