Coolest Nerds in the Room

Coolest Nerds in the Room

Join tech engineers InfoSteph and Madblkman for their weekly podcast highlighting other cool nerds in the industry, what it's like to be underrepresented in tech, and how they keep their sanity while trying to advance their career. From salary negotiations to office politics, these two millennial's are popping the lid off of the industry by having honest conversations on what they have and are still going through today.... Show More

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This week we talk have Christina Morillo come and hangout with us as we chop it up about how the necessity of code switching, the importance of building a community, and passion isn't necessary to be productive.

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February 19, 2020 73 min

This week we talk about the issues with having a binary view of what success looks like and how we can begin to make this better. We also on touch on our complicated relationship with being black, how leaving home can add perspective, and why giving solutions doesn't guarantee your demise.

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February 13, 2020 125 min

If it wasn't for this couple we probably wouldn't have a show! We bring Kiersten and Paul Brager to the show this week to talk about black love in tech this week. It takes a lot to keep a good thing going and these two share with us the up's and down's of keeping a marriage successful with career demands, families, and friends pulling you in all kinds of directions.

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February 5, 2020 59 min

We've all been one, no need to hide it! This week Steph and CoolBlkNerd talk about their simpin' experiences, how simpin' can bleed into other parts of your life, and what you can do to stop the simpin'. We also dig into apartment hunting, hip hop dance classes, and plate shopping at Target.

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January 29, 2020 102 min

Finally we talk about money this week! Steph and CoolBlkNerd chronicle their salary journey from the time they got into the tech industry until their current roles. From being underpaid, leaving to get a pay bump, and negotiating for more money, they dive into what their experience has been with money in tech the only way cool nerds know how!

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We're back and this week we're talking about finding our confidence and remaining humble along the way. Steph and CoolBlkNerd document their journey's of finding their confidence and the lessons that have came with it.

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December 31, 2019 82 min

We took some L's, we got some W's, and through it all we're still here. Bye bye 2019, What's up 2020!!

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01:15 - Planning for the new year
02:40 - Re-evaluating commitments for 2020
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Boundaries come and go, but one thing is for sure, they always get tested! This week we talk about our experience with setting boundaries, why shifting boundaries is so hard, and if we betray ourselves every time we bend our boundaries.

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December 12, 2019 82 min

People like negative conversations more than they care to admit and this week we dive into why is it that the tech community (and society) gravitates towards those kinds of conversations. From social media handles biting us in the ass to our employers not having our backs, we discuss moments when we've invited negative energy and incited it in our careers.

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December 5, 2019 101 min

This week we step outside our comfort zone with entertainment journalist, Courtney Tezeno! From journalism school to the bright lights of LA, Courtney talks about her journey as a journalist, a woman, and most importantly, a nerd from Houston who has carved out a spot for herself as one of the top 5 black female entertainment journalist under 30 in Hollywood according to Buzzfeed.

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November 27, 2019 57 min

We all come at a crossroads in our lives where we begin to think about what our purpose is and what kind of legacy we're going to leave behind. Steph and CoolBlkNerd are at that crossroad on this episode as they discuss what legacy is, means, and how their actively trying to build towards it now.

We also catch-up on Kubernetes operators, the Sims 4, and traveling around the world in three weeks!

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November 13, 2019 85 min

This week we talk about what it's like to be an introvert in a largely extroverted society. From the annoyance of extroverts to invisible standards, we dive into our experience in tech with introverts and extroverts, as well as, our advice for dealing with both communication styles.

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November 6, 2019 79 min

We're getting outside of our comfort zone this week as Steph and CoolBlkNerd talk about their experiences in life and tech dealing with their comfort zones. From working in environments where complacency is status quo to finding glory outside of their own comfort zone, we share our experience and give you some advice on the importance of always pushing yourself past your limits!

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October 30, 2019 80 min

There's nothing like living a life where you're not understood and Steph and CoolBlkNerd both know a little something about that. This week they chat about what it's like to feel unique and the struggles with conforming to what society deems normal. From recognizing their shortcomings to off-putting people through their perspective, we talk about how we've made life work for us even when it feels like we're i... Read more

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October 21, 2019 83 min

This week Steph and CoolBlkNerd dial it back and talk about their time working in call centers before entering into more formal technical roles. From what we learned about ourselves to what we learned about the people we worked with, we tackle our past with open eyes and a sense of humor.

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October 8, 2019 89 min

This week we're throwing our challenge flag and we're calling a flag on a play in homage to all the red flags we see at work, with family, and with friends!

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October 8, 2019 69 min

This week we tap in with Doug Bryant as we talk about how he balance his obsession with getting better, the best habits Doug has picked over the course of his 13-year cybersecurity career, and how he flexes his creative muscle through beat making!

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September 24, 2019 95 min

Anxiety paralysis is a b*tch and this week we dive into our own issues with it! From staring at screens to overthinking tasks, we chat about what it feels like to have your productivity take a hit because your brain won't let you be great!

Also, we talk about furniture shopping, video games, and mental imbalances!

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September 16, 2019 80 min

This week we talk with our good friend Izzy as we dive into money management!

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06:00 - How do we know Izzy?
10:40 - What makes Izzy do the coolest nerd in the room?
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September 10, 2019 83 min

This week we dive into how we found the "great" in ourselves. Through self-discovery and isolation we can discover a lot about ourselves and our motivations. Steph and CoolBlkNerd talk about their own paths to self discovery and how those experiences define who they are today.

Also, we chat about Madblkman's name change, morning routines, and meditation.

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