A podcast network post-mortem

From the years 2015–2020 I ran the podcast network, Spec Network, Inc. alongside my co-founders Brian Lovin, Jon Cutrell, and Bryn Jackson. In December 2020, that network closed.

This is a retrospective of my experience as a producer running that network of 12 podcasts for the…

Lessons learned after 5 months at a pastry shop

b. Patisserie — San Francisco

A woman walks into a bakery. She stands in the doorway taking in the cheerful lighting, the intoxicating smell of fresh pastries, the inviting, feel-good melody of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ ‘Sherry’ playing softly in the background. She scans for available seating, and turns back to the enormous…

Female developers make equal pay to their male counterparts.  

The other day my husband came home from work, put his bag down, sat next to me, and proceeded to take off his shoes. While untying his laces, he said, “I read an article today that said women in programming make the same amount of money as…

Rethinking what it takes to give sound advice.

I used to imagine my life as a movie. In the movies, you always see these unlikely heroes and troubled, unmotivated or awkward kids built up to eventually do great things. I would catch myself daydreaming about being overly ambitious or acting out in defiance of…

Roxy always steals the show 

It’s just Me, My Husband and Our Dog. 

“First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes paying off debts and working and maybe having a little extra cash on hand.”

The acronym, DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)— widely used in the personal financial industry, is becoming more and more mainstream when describing a couples’ lifestyle. …

Ron Swanson — Parks and Recreation | Credit: AP

How Ron Swanson shed some light on job culture today

An IT guy walks into a potential client’s office. Politely, my business partner and I give the team some space to speak with this IT professional. After a quote has been given and the IT guy has left, the client asks us to review his recommendations and suggest any iterations.

find the rabbit in this scribble

designers, marketers and narrowing the gap. 

My husband and I were driving to a meeting. On our way we stumbled onto the topic of design and development work. Since my area of expertise is more marketing focused, I couldn’t lend much to the conversation other than to listen.

Here’s what I caught…

“Design and development works…

pancakes-syrup-y, buttery, goodness

a personal take on startups and what to look for when finding your team

Picture this: you run into a friend at the bar whom you haven’t seen in years. You exchange the usual pleasantries about kids, jobs and significant others (or lack thereof).

Suddenly, you find yourself listening to this person telling you all about their “brilliant idea” for an app.

Sarah Marie

Learner of things & project enthusiast // movie buff, dog whisperer and lover of a good-strong brew @Sarahberus

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