Hi, could you introduce yourself?
Hey! I'm Margo. Also known as @CODECRUMBS on instagram. I graduated college with a bachelor's degree in Computer Programming and Information Systems a few years ago and began my career as a Programmer Analyst for a Media Company in New York. After a few years in the corporate world, I decided to take an entrepreneur leap and launch my own business in website design and social media management.
How did you get into your current field?
I definitely give a lot of credit to the Myspace days in the early 2000's. I spent hours on end creating Myspace layouts for my friends and I. I had no idea I was coding until years later. Fast forward to college when it was time to pick my major, I went for programming to expand my knowledge and learn software development.
When I decided that I wanted to take my entrepreneur leap, I definitely couldn't have done that without the inspiration from the Instagram tech community. I've seen so many women's inspiring journeys into entrepreneurship and becoming their own bosses that it made me realize that anybody can do it if they put in the work!
Another major part of my life that has gotten me where I am was when I started a Women in Tech club during my college years. Before I created that club, I was super quiet, shy, and I lacked confidence. Starting this club really took me out of my comfort zone and I gained a lot of leadership experience. I learned so much about the statistics of Women in Tech and the gender gap. I was inspired to be a part of making a change. I planned events, activities, conferences, hackathons, and more. I was able to reach such a diverse group and truly make changes in peoples lives, including my own. I feel that the confidence I gained through being the founder of a Women in Tech club is a huge part of how I've gotten to every chapter of success in my life. It helped me to never give up.
What are your goals?
My goals are to create multiple, steady, sources of income in order to continue living my dream of being my own boss. I also want to continue telling my story and sharing my experience with as many people as I can. In my opinion, inspiring people is by far one of the greatest feelings life can give and I feel that if I continue to do that then it will truly make my life worthwhile.
Do you have a mentor?
I have tons of people in my life who I look up to and speak to regularly brainstorming ideas and talking about our goals. I've never officially deemed anybody as my mentor but I most definitely would consider a few key people in my life my mentor.
Do you mentor anyone?
The same goes for this question. There are a lot of great conversations that I tend to have with a handful of beautiful and inspiring people. I feel confident in saying that some of them would also consider me as their mentor.
What tips would you give to someone wanting to break into tech?
Whenever somebody comes to me with even the slightest interest in tech, I get so genuinely excited for them. I pretty much tell them that their interest alone is opening their doors to so many more opportunities in their life whether it be professionally or just for fun. For anybody wanting to break into tech, I say go for it and have fun exploring and finding your place in tech. Tech is EVERYWHERE, there's a space within tech for EVERYBODY despite your age, gender, interests, hobbies, job experience, etc.
Who do you follow? What blogs do you read?
The instagram tech community is huge and getting bigger by the day. Some of my absolute favorite IG accounts to follow are: @lillyseay_, @msbrandymorgan, @steph.js, @engineeringgals, @daniamicala, @frontendjoe, @gigi_codes, and @sonia_macho. As far as blogs go, I mostly read posts and articles from different email subscriptions like: dev.to, Hey Designer, Web Design Weekly, and GirlBoss, -- just to name a few!
Any book recommendations?
For inspiration, I highly recommend Women in Tech by Tarah Wheeler, Finish What You Start by Peter Hollins for inspiration.
For coding, I recommend the Web Design with HTML, CSS, JS and JQuery books by Jon Duckett as well as Cracking the Coding Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell.
What’s the best way to keep up to date with what you’re doing?
I'm definitely most active on my instagram! @codecrumbs
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