Thoughts

Feminism

My idea of feminism is this – women should not be held back just because of they are women.

If a woman wants to be a software engineer, she should not be held back from becoming the kind of software engineer she wants to be simply because she’s a woman.

If a woman wants to be a housewife, she should not be held back from becoming the kind of housewife she wants to be simply because she’s a woman.

Same goes for women who choose to be a prostitute, a chef, an athlete, to cover her body up, to not cover her body up, to wear a dress, to wear pants, to love men, to love other women, to burn a bra, to wear a bra…

You get the drift.

Moving from “women should stay at home” to “women should focus on their careers” merely shifts the oppression from one angle to another – it is hardly liberation.

   

Tan is the founder of Learnemy. Learnemy is an online marketplace where you can find in-person classes taught by local experts and enthusiasts in Singapore.

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Programming

Non-exhaustive list of tech communities in Singapore

Here are the places to find tech communities in Singapore. Join them to get help while you’re learning how to code, or if you’re looking for developers to hire. Just remember that spam goes on top of rice (spam musubi is the best thing ever) then into tummies, not inboxes or mailing lists. :)

Tweet me at @elishatan to let me know what I’ve left out!

Ruby

https://www.facebook.com/groups/singaporerubybrigade/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/railsgirlssingapore/ -> Only for Rails Girls’ participants
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/singapore-rb

Singapore Ruby Group

Singapore, SG
1,027 Rubyists

A group of programmers and engineers with a love for Ruby and or Rails. Building & shipping is how we roll.

Next Meetup

February Meetup

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015, 7:00 PM
61 Attending

Check out this Meetup Group →

 

Go

https://www.facebook.com/groups/golang.sg/

GoSG

Singapore, SG
260 Gophers

A meetup group to discuss the Go Programming Language.(from golang.org)The Go programming language is an open source project to make programmers more productive. Go is expre…

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PHP

https://www.facebook.com/groups/sghypertextpreprocessors/

The Singapore PHP User Group Meetup

Singapore, SG
598 PHP Community Member

Welcome to the Singapore PHP User Group. The current group was founded on Dec 28, 2006. Our inaugural meetup was held on January 11, 2007 at Brewerkz. A grand total of 7 peopl…

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Python

https://www.facebook.com/groups/pythonsg/
https://www.facebook.com/PyLadiesSG
http://pugs.org.sg/
http://twitter.com/pythonsg
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/pythonsg

 

iOS

https://twitter.com/iosdevscout
https://www.facebook.com/groups/iosdevscout/

   

Tan is the founder of Learnemy. Learnemy is an online marketplace where you can find in-person classes taught by local experts and enthusiasts in Singapore.

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Starting up, Thoughts

I’m not a woman in tech

Some weeks ago my picture was included in a FB photo album on women in tech. I was very, very uncomfortable with that idea and had it’s owner to take my picture down.

Recently the topic of women in tech came up again, so I wanted to address this – I’m not a woman in tech.

I’ve played that “women in tech” card before, getting into press and taking advantage of the affirmative action made available to me simply because my biological sex makes me a minority in the community. I mean, the benefits are out there and I didn’t want to shortchange myself by not grabbing it.

But I’ve since grown to hate it – I know I’m more than the makeup of my chromosome.
I want to be recognised, to be respected for my work, for the results I bring, and for the impact I’ve made in people’s lives… not for my boobs (ok, figurative, not literal boobs).

So don’t call me a woman in tech.

   

Tan is the founder of Learnemy. Learnemy is an online marketplace where you can find in-person classes taught by local experts and enthusiasts in Singapore.

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Starting up, Thoughts

Why I’m not afraid of being a young entrepreneur

Have you met an older person who’s a total dick – no manners, inconsiderate, rude?

That person has more years of experience in being an adult but that doesn’t mean anything.

This is why I’m not afraid of being young (both in terms of age and startup experience) and I’ve stopped respecting people more just because they have done something for a longer period of time. And sometimes, I snigger when people go “you should listen to me because I’ve done it for X years….”

No. I’ll listen to you if you have skills.

Number of years doesn’t mean shit. Skills and results will show themselves, there’s no need for any verbalization.

   

Tan is the founder of Learnemy. Learnemy is an online marketplace where you can find in-person classes taught by local experts and enthusiasts in Singapore.

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Starting up

Need an extra pair of hands

I need an extra pair of hands for Learnemy (co-founders, team members, volunteers anything). If you know someone who is keen, hook me up at elisha@learnemy.com

   

Tan is the founder of Learnemy. Learnemy is an online marketplace where you can find in-person classes taught by local experts and enthusiasts in Singapore.

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