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Breaking A Project Up Into Smaller Parts

Hello from San Francisco! In this episode, I wanted to talk to you about how I’m breaking up the timeline for this project. I took some time at the end of the month to enjoy my last days in Portugal, to speak at a conference in Barcelona, and spend time with people and in nature. Now I’m headed into the end of 2017 with a plan! I also talk about some of the security decisions and databases decisions I’ve learned from my boss, and how I’ll apply them to The App. Also, people are already starting to talk about conference season, and I realized that documenting my journey with a podcast could easily be converted to a technical talk. Would you want to see me talk about building an app with React.js, Rails, and getting beta users? LMK. I just realized that @LABuildsAnApp will give me the content I…

Q + A: Getting Freelance Clients

This question came into my Twitter DMs: “…I would like to leave my current job with COMPANY and focus on freelancing being full time. Doing freelance is fine but the sales is where I need more understanding…” Here is the thing: I’m not a freelancer.  I’ll never be a freelancer because I’m confident that I would fail as a freelancer. How do I know this, even though it’s something that I’ve never tried? Because I’ve interviewed lots of them. I know what it takes to land clients, to get paid, to navigate the world of insurance and taxes, and other things that my employer currently does for me. I can do those things, but I wouldn’t be happy doing them. Also, freelancing doesn’t fit into my career goals.   My end goal is to build a tech company so that I can hire a bunch of hard-working, empathetic people who want…

Q + A: Having a Non-Technical Background

Hello from Matosinhos, Portugal… and Happy BlogTober! I’m attempting to publish 1 blog post per day for the entire month of October.  Thanks to everyone who has been sending me questions on Twitter and Instagram; it makes it easier for me to come up with blog ideas. If you have a question, slide into my DMs.  I’ll answer them by the end of the week. From My Twitter DMs “My main concern is that my background isn’t related to tech, or close to it. I know that my background can be used as a skill in the future, but wondering what the recruiters might think of this career change concerns me. I studied Customs Administration & Foreign Trade, and have been working in Finance and also in a mix between Agriculture and Commerce.” What I Think This is probably the number one question I get.  People with various degrees are…

Working Remotely From Porto, Portugal

The District of Porto is located on the north-west coast of Portugal.  I spent 3 weeks working there; primarily in Porto, the capital, and Matosinhos, a city on the beach. Where to Work If you like coworking spaces, let me introduce you to Porto I/O.  I got to work from all 3 locations.  They have one in downtown Porto near shops and cafes, one that sits on the river, and another which is steps from the beach. This is a shot from the seaside location, which is technically in Matosinhos, but still in the Porto district. This is one of my favorite co-working spaces. @portoio has fast wifi, good people running it, and the people are there to put in work. pic.twitter.com/Zc8MEWfAo4 — SheNomads (@SheNomads) September 26, 2017 If you prefer cafes, there is this cute, 3 story place named Moustache on Praça de Carlos Alberto 104, 4050-158 Porto. If you’re…

Using the Airbnb Style Guild, Setting Up GitHub Issues for a new Project, Working by the Beach

As you know, I’m only supposed to be working on this project on the weekends.  During the week, I’ll give myself an hour to do some smaller tasks if they come up, or if I feel like I need to make a small change to existing code. Typically, Saturday is my “marathon” coding day.  I use the term marathon because I’m working typically 6 to 8 hours; nothing too intense.  This means that Fridays are a great opportunity for me to unwind from a long work week, and prep my tasks for Saturday. Youn can listen here: Itunes: http://bit.ly/ReactRails  Bumpers: https://bumpers.fm/u/LaToya      I decided to start implementing the AirBnB Style Guide and set up GitHub Issues.  I’m relocating to an Airbnb by the beach (I’m in Downtown Porto, Portugal now), so I’m hoping to find a nice cafe near the beach I can work from while I sip espresso, and nibble…

Why I’m Using React + Rails 5 in API Mode To Build my Product

Hello from Porto, Portugal! I’ve been working remotely here for 3 weeks.  It’s been a nice stress release, being in a sleepy town full of warm people. If you haven’t heard, I’m building my own product to release to the public.The fun part about creating your own projects is that you can work in whatever technologies you choose.  In this episode, I dive into my decisions to user React and Rails 5 in API mode. You can listen here: Itunes: http://bit.ly/ReactRails  Bumpers: https://bumpers.fm/u/LaToya  I started on the code portion last week, but I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to build for the past few months.  Most of the process involved me sketching out notes on some of my favorite UIS, paying attention to what apps I like, and deciding who my users are.The fun part about creating your own projects is that you can work in whatever technologies…

Mr. Robot, Secret Dating Profiles, and Network Security with Lesley Carhart

When I first reached out to interview Lesley, I knew nothing about network security. I’d seen Mr. Robot, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and a slew of cheesy 90’s hacker films. I figured that had to be some truth to what hackers do being played on screen. After a network has been identified as hacked into by the people who monitor it, or by a government agency, Lesley leads a team of people to figure out how the network was broken into, what was stolen, what other devices might be compromised. And then she reports everything the hackers did while they touched those systems. We also talked about a blog post she had written called “The Top 9 ways I Found Your ‘Secret’ Dating Profile”, how to handle twitter trolls (LORD HELP ME), and how to find free, open source tools for getting into network security. { Episode Links…

Managing Remote Teams with Rachel Hands

{ Episode 31 } Rachel is a life saver. I had an interview with a digital nomad couple that I was really excited about (they met on Tinder and have been traveling the world together ever since), but they had to cancel last minute. It happens! Especially when trying to coordinate across time zones and flights. I sent out a call for help on Twitter and Instagram, and one of the first people who answered was Rachel Hands, Senior Manager of Client Administrations at PatronManager. Rachel was a fantastic fit for the podcast because you all have been asking more question about remote work from a manager’s perspective. Some of you want to start implementing remote teams at your companies.  Many of you want to know what you can do to meet the expectations of a remote manager. What we talked about: What do remote managers look for in employees? What…

From Space to Software with Nicole Vagt

{ Episode 29 } Why would someone leave the NASA of Europe to move to Spain, and teach themselves how to code? Today I interviewed Nicole Vagt, a self-taught software engineer who used to work for the European Space Agency.  Nicole and her partner decided to leave their 9 to 5 jobs so they could focus on growing their skills in the tech space.  For Nicole, this meant teaching herself Rails, and all of the technologies needed to support her new app, Mundolore. She’s also freelancing while she builds her app. What I asked Nicole: How did you learn to code? What languages did you start with? Why did you think a location switch would be useful to your learning process? How did you go from being a space scientist to software engineer? How do you focus in on your freelance business? How do you find clients? What is your…