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Hi Megan! You work at Octane AI, a great company in the artificial intelligence space. Can you tell us about what you do and why you became a Founding Member of Tech Ladies?
I joined Octane AI as Head of Product in November. Octane AI is a venture-backed startup that allows anyone to easily create a bot. More people use messaging apps than social media, so bots are a huge opportunity to engage with your customers and audience where they already are.
Interview by Andrew Bonventre
Hi Katie! Could you tell us about your background and how you moved from biology to computer science?
I was a biology major in undergrad and my first exposure to CS was during my junior year. By then, programming was the cool thing to do. Two of my best friends (shout out to Margaretand Katrina) were raving about it, so I decided to give it a try. I loved it, but for many reasons decided I couldn’t pursue it at the time. I had lived in the Bay Area long enough to realize I didn’t need a degree in CS to get a job as a software engineer. That summer, I applied to and was accepted at a coding bootcamp. In January 2014, I started working as a software engineer at a startup called Thumbtack.
Interview by Allison Grinberg-Funes
You have a YouTube series called “Girls Talk Code.” Can you tell us more about the series?
When I searched YouTube, I found very few active channels with ladies teaching or discussing code. This doesn’t accurately represent the number of women interested and working in this industry at all! So I decided to introduce YouTube viewers to the many different faces and occupations of ladies who code and everything in between! My mission is to create educational and motivational content to help coding newbies on their journey and give them the confidence to enter the tech industry.