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The Maker Movement: Creating a New Democracy

The Maker Movement: Creating a New Democracy

One of my favorite sessions at SXSW was by Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop (a community of makerspaces) & author of The Maker Movement Manifesto, on how the maker democracy is spurring innovation… Karen Snyder didn’t like the options out there for measuring knitting needles. So, she took a $60 laser cutting class and built […]

Sharing is the New Genius: Thoughts on Creativity

Sharing is the New Genius: Thoughts on Creativity

Was super excited to see Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work, keynote at SXSW. In, I hope, the spirit of what he taught us, I wanted to share with you some of the awesomeness I got from him… The old model of creativity is a myth. It is the […]

People == Awesome

People == Awesome

Cross posting from Medium.com… You might have seen on the internets that I got into a fight last week with an organization who preys on entrepreneurs. I was pissed at the organization for taking advantage of my people. And then I was saddened and frustrated when I got so many emails from people thanking me […]

Moving on From Hack Reduce

Moving on From hack/reduce

I am incredibly proud to have launched hack/reduce, Boston’s Big Data hacker space, which will be officially opening it’s doors next week. Everything about this process has reinforced why I love the Boston startup community. The upswell of support from every corner of the community has been amazing. People reaching out that I’ve only met […]

My Story from the Women in Tech Trenches

My Story from the Women in Tech Trenches

Elise Kovi from SoftArtisans interviewed me for their Women in Tech series. Reposting here with their permission: This is the ninth in a series of posts exploring the personal stories of real women in technology. Every woman in tech overcame, at the very least, statistical odds to be here; this blog series aims to find […]

Hack the Planet

Hack the Planet

After an amazing couple of years at Microsoft as their Evangelist for Startups, I found myself ready to move on. To step it up. I fell in love with Boston’s startup community and wanted to do more. I spent months trying to figure out what my next thing would be. Talking to to people, brainstorming […]

Community Rules – Creating Companies based on Networks of Contributors

Community Rules – Creating Companies based on Networks of Contributors

Eric Paley of Founder Collective facilitated an awesome panel at the 2012 Nantucket Conference around startups whose businesses are built on the contributions not of their employees but of people in the communities they’ve created: uTest (testers in-the-wild for software), Skillshare (learn anything from anyone anywhere), and GrabCAD (GitHub for engineers). In each case, without […]

Follow Your Own Path

Follow Your Own Path

Wanted to share my keynote from last week’s A-Ha! Social Media Summit. My marching orders for this were: “Abby – We just want you to give the people what they want: A fun, entertaining, inspirational, idea-filled *POW*!” So, just to set the stage – this is not going to be about lean startup or agile […]

The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

In 1935, Bill Wilson – an alcoholic whose doctor had given him 6 months to live if he didn’t quit drinking – had a vision. His vision was that while experts were ineffective in curing alcoholism, the addicts themselves were the keys to helping one another overcome the disease. And with that, Alcoholics Anonymous was […]

Startup Weekend Boston

Startup Weekend Boston

Over 130 people – half techies, half business folks – converged on Microsoft NERD this weekend to start their own companies, have some fun & make some noise. Friday night, 50 of them stood up and pitched their ideas in quick 60 second spots, interrupted only for a quick game of multiplayer rock-paper-scissors. Pitches ran […]