Jeany Ngo, UX Designer, Airbnb
Photographer Helena Price's project on what she believes are the underrepresented faces in tech provides an in-depth view into the world of Silicon Valley.
Ngo said that she thinks the biggest thing she has learned from her experience, is that, "even though we’re all in tech, everyone has a different story about how they’ve gotten here, what they’re doing, how they’re doing it and why they’re doing it. In the same way that I think you’re interviewing people, it’s just– the people you meet– you’ll never meet the same person twice. I’m constantly blown away and often inspired."
Uche Nnadi, Data Platform Engineer, Earnest
Nnadi said that what he finds the most exciting about coding is "it’s all about little tiny puzzles. Puzzles are everything. I love puzzles. I do them on a daily basis. It’s super fun to know that one, I’m going to find it eventually, and two, when I do find it, I know that my other teammates would appreciate that I found the solution. It builds their confidence in me as an engineer. That motivates me to keep going."
Lydia Fernandez, Engineer, Uber
Fernandez explains, "I work on map-related technology at Uber. She described her work as "things that attempt to model the physical world and how we interact with it, how cars interact with it, how cars move around in it, things that try make predictions about those interactions. Specifically our routing engine, trying to predict travel times and paths."
Nancy Douyon, UX Researcher, Google
Douyon is an experienced research program manager for Google’s Consumer Operations. “I currently lead research on the end-to-end experience for all new and critical launches," she explained.
Jessica McKellar, Director of Engineering at Dropbox
McKellar is an engineer and currently the most senior woman at Dropbox. She is also a technical consultant for the HBO show “Silicon Valley.”
Amy Wibowo, Founder, Bubblesort Zines
Wibowbo said, "when I joined Airbnb, it was still pretty small. I was the third woman engineer, and the 20th engineer overall. Now I think there are over 200 engineers there. And the time I joined, there wasn’t a growth team. But when I was implementing some stuff on the site I wanted to make sure that what we were building would be easy to use."
Justin Bethune, Diversity Program Manager
Bethune said he feels fortunate and blessed to be able to do the work that he does because "it’s so impactful and on the cutting edge of changing the diversity narrative in the Valley." When Bethune first got to Dropbox, he said that he noticed a significant lack of diversity. "I remember thinking, there aren’t that many faces that look like me. What can I do to just improve that?” he said.
Rachel Miller, Software Engineer, Asana
Miller said in the interview that while she had coded before, she hadn’t thought about code as a means of communication. According to Miller, "Software engineering asks questions like, ‘how do you write code that is easily understandable by other people?’ and ‘how do you write in a way that’s resilient to a bunch of unknown changes in the future?’ Good software engineering is thoughtful, compassionate, and thorough."
Tiffany Taylor, Product Designer
Taylor describes herself as "a self-taught designer and coder" and said she "never thought she'd be able to make her high school hobby of making websites into a career." She continued: “As a woman of color, I have a unique perspective when it comes to designing experiences. That said, I have only met one other black female designer in tech in the past six years."
Robyn Exton, Chief Executive Officer, "Her"
Originally from Britain, Exton moved to San Francisco a year ago to launch her new her app. According to the interview she said, " I had no tech knowledge or background, but quit my job, learned to code, built a team, built an app, built a community and now we’re the biggest community of queer women in the world."
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