Stayin' Alive in Technology

Stayin' Alive in Technology

The tech industry is great at talking about the future, especially on podcasts. What we're not so great at is taking the time to understand our past. And that's what this podcast is all about. From the Noyce and Fairchild Semiconductor generation through the founding of social media, the history of Silicon Valley has many lessons for us. And we'll be interviewing the people who lived through these experiences to bring their knowledge to you. You'll get explanations for how we got where we are, which can also suggest where the future might be; along with a few laughs and inside stories from those who lived through it. So pull up a seat and listen to the tales of the past, in which may lie seeds for our future. New Episodes twice a month on Thursdays. ... Show More
March 13, 2019 59 min

Our next guest left a successful career in Silicon Valley at Adobe and Macromedia when she realized that a major shift had been happening—the women who had been working in the cubes and offices around her were gone. Karen Catlin turned her attention to writing, speaking, and coaching on creating more inclusive workplaces and adding diversity to speaker line-ups, particularly in tech.


Author of Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces, Karen Catlin shares several practical tips for creating an atmosphere of inclusion. "At every level of an organization, we can be a better ally."

  • PRESENT! A Techie’s Guide To Public Speaking
  • Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces
  • Grace Hopper Celebration:  World’s largest gathering of women technologists
  • Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Why Most Performance Evaluations Are Biased and How to Fix Them report by Clayman Institute for Gender Research
  • Amplification: Washington Post article “How a White House women’s office strategy went viral”
  • How women can say no to ‘office housework’ Ladders article

    "Brand New Day" by Sting



    Stayin' Alive in Tech is an oral history of Silicon Valley and technology. Melinda Byerley, the host, is a 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley and the founder of Timeshare CMO, a digital marketing intelligence firm, based in San Francisco.

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