Coming Soon, To A Startup Near You. . .

During my time at Cooking.com, I’ve worked with amazing clients, gotten a crash course in E-commerce 101, spec’d an entire mobile website and even gotten to try bacon, peanut butter and chocolate cookies. I’ve had the privilege of working with amazing colleagues and making wonderful friends. And, I’ve learned a very important lesson about myself.

As much as I enjoy regular sleep and a steady routine, in my heart, I’m truly a start-up kind of a girl. There’s just something about the energy and excitement of building a product from the ground up that just clicks for me. God help me — and the bags under my eyes — but I love that startup pace and passion.

Which is why I’ve accepted a Product Manager position at BetterWorks, where I’ll be starting on Monday.  I can’t say enough how much I believe in the product they’ve built thus far. And, I couldn’t be more excited about joining such an intelligent, innovative team. Between the concept and the creative energy of the folks building it, I see huge potential for the BetterWorks product, and I’m psyched to have the opportunity to help contribute to it.

Of course, I’m sorry to leave Cooking.com. I’m so proud of everything I’ve helped to build there, and I truly believe in the strength of the team I’m leaving behind. I love what we’ve done together, and I know they’ll continue to do great things once I’m gone.

That said, I’m extremely excited about this next step in my career. I know it will be a challenge and an adventure, and I can’t wait to get started. Wish me luck!

MobileHackDays LA Calls For Developers, Designers & More

This post was originally published on Lalawag.
Los Angeles Mobile Hack Days Dials Up The Competition
Better start charging your phones and flexing your fingers, because Los Angeles’ first mobile hackathon is less than a week away.

The event, termed MobileHackDays  LA, is set to kick off on Friday September 16, with a session where aspiring developers will do five minute pitches of their mobile app ideas to attract team members for the weekend’s festivities. Of course, pre-determined teams are also allowed to enter.

Once the teams are finalized, hacking kicks off at 9AM on Saturday the 17th. As the MobileHackDays website says, “This will be the day you get the majority of your coding complete. We suggest you focus on doing 1 or 2 things really well to demonstrate your concept, as time is limited. This also depends on the size and experience level of your team, but just don’t try to throw in the kitchen sink in a weekend.” Starting at 10AM on Sunday, teams will demo what they built Saturday, answer a few minutes of Q&A and have their work judged for the chance to win a $500 cash prize, face time with seasoned investors and a feature on the MobileHackDays homepage. Plus, plenty of glory of course.

According to a press release posted on the LA PHP Meetup group, #MobileHackDays is “A three-day, no-holds-barred, almost no rules event […] This won’t be your normal hackathon, it’s going to have a true LA flair and high energy, we’ll have all the normal components, beer, developers, VC’s, etc; but also Juice bar, Masseuse for tired coders, a film crew filming for a startup internet show […] think of this as the “luxury hackathon.”

The whole thing takes place at The Aviation Room at 3400 Airport Ave. Bldg D in Santa Monica.Tickets are selling out at about $75 each on the lower end, but there’s still room for a few more UI/UX designers, VIP teams, engineers, developers and more. For more info check out theMobileHackDays site.