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SAGE FRANCH πŸ’»πŸ’‹  Developer, Futurist, 100% Geek. ✨ Blockchain, AI, music, diversity & inclusion ✨ ⬇️ Left MSFT to build a #startup. Read about it on the blog:

Cat's out of the bag! We've finally announced what we're working on: Crescendo - Inclusive Workplaces! We bonded over a shared passion for equality and inclusion, and together we're building a platform to make tech workplaces more inclusive. Read all about it in my latest blog post (link in bio) and let us know what you think! #inclusion is everybody's responsibility, and we're looking for people to share their real stories about workplace discrimination that will help us train our AI. If you would like to share your story please get in touch! 🌎🌍🌏 photo cred

Patiently waiting for summer to come but seriously mother nature you'd better make it a hot one! πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»β„οΈ This third winter is getting us Torontonians down. Yet another reason I'm grateful I can work remotely. A lot of people sent me messages about burnout after my last post - don't worry, I won't work myself to death! I used to burn out a lot when I traveled for work, back before I knew how to take constructive breaks. Now I listen to my brain as a body part (not just a thinking machine), and trust it when it feels like it's overheating. You wouldn't work out nonstop, so why do we glorify working nonstop? Balance is key. Thanks for caring about my wellbeing, internet fam ❀️❀️ hope you had a lovely and balanced weekend!

The weirdest experience since leaving my 9-5 has been the total shift in the way I think about time. πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»β± It's no longer measured in todays and tomorrows, it's measured in workbacks and milestones and half-hour chunks. The framework of weeks no longer makes sense in my brain, because there is no delineation between my week days and weekend days. It's an exciting and liberating new mode that makes me feel like I'm always living RIGHT NOW. There's no more fiscal year metrics to hit, now the question is, "how does what I'm doing right now push me closer to launch?" It's like professional mindfulness, I love it. ⏱ One of the things I'm working on is new blog content - any requests? I'm open to suggestions so comment or DM me and if I write about your suggestion I'll link your insta handle in the final post. πŸ™‚

Excited to give this talk tomorrow at @fitc! The singularity is a daunting concept, but if we know what's coming we can get ahead of it and help keep humans relevant in an AI-dominated future. πŸ€–β€οΈπŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’» If you see me at the conference come say hi! I'd love to meet you in person and give you a real human handshake (I'm not a cyborg...yet πŸ˜‰).

I’m proud to partner with Lady Speed Stick for their #BeUnstoppable campaign. When I started Trendy Techie five years ago, I was terrified. I already felt alienated as a feminine coder - would putting myself online put me further under a spotlight of harassment? But I knew that I couldn't be the only girl facing discrimination at work, I wasn't the only coder in a dress who didn't want to compromise any part of me to fit in with the expectations. Clicking "publish" on that blog changed my life. It opened so many doors and made my path cross with so many incredible human beings. Looking back, I wouldn't change a thing about what I've been through, because it's made me the strong, unstoppable person I am today. Thank you
#LadySpeedStick for challenging me to make this video and share my story! Now we want to hear yours too. What makes YOU unstoppable? Tag your story with #BeUnstoppable and share it with the world. #LSSPartner #Ad

I have not disappeared from Earth, I've just been swallowed by my calendar! Time flies and before you know it, your startup is a lot farther along but your instafam is in the dark. πŸ†˜ What's new in my world? I've officially been self-employed for over two months, and have learned SO MUCH. I've rediscovered my love of reading (or listening, since I listen to audiobooks - currently listening to 10% Happier by Dan Harris) and have counted my lucky stars many times over that I get to work with @stefankberg and @tubadsouza as my world-changer team. It hit me the other day that I actually left my job to build a startup... πŸ˜… I don't know why it took me two months for that to really sink in, but here we are! In other news, our #Blockchain developer course at @lighthouselabs is just over a month away, and my "Singularity-Proof Yourself" talk at @fitc is one week from today! Lots on the go as always. πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»βœŒπŸ»

Spent all day yesterday in Waterloo, Canada's hub of innovation! We were there to meet fellow tech founders, tour the accelerators, and attend #DisruptHR, an awesome event about the future of work. This pic was taken at Velocity, one of the city's startup accelerators and launchpad to some truly incredible companies including Maluuba and Thalmic Labs. Waterloo is such an inspiring place to be, there's a sense of welcoming, collaboration, and excitement that fills the air and makes everything seem brighter. πŸ“Έcred @stefankberg

Yesterday I shared some advice on my live stream that a lot of you said was useful, so I figured it was worth sharing here too. Every day before you go to bed, pick the five things you want to get done tomorrow, to the exclusion of everything else. Commit to doing those five items, and focus until you get them done. If you accomplish more, then great! If you accomplish just those five, that's great too. This is a "baby steps" approach to goal setting. Eventually you'll be able to hold yourself accountable for bigger and longer-term things, without burnout, without guilt. I've burned out many times in the last few years and have learned that the first step to avoiding it is forgiving yourself for not doing ALL the things ALL the time. Setting these manageable goals every day is a great start. πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»βœ¨ Happy Monday, wonderful people! ✨ Custom denim jacket by the wonderful @ilovejeansusa ❀️

Women's day, women's month, women's year, women's lifetime. πŸ‘©πŸΏβ€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’» There shouldn't be just one day to celebrate and support women around the world, we should all take the spirit and lessons of women's day with us into the other 364 days each year. I'm proud to support @bookingcom's #BookingFEMpowers campaign to teach women to code, not just on women's day, but all month! I'm glad to see taking real action to support female-identifying developers. Visit the link in my bio to get your tickets to the two-part web dev workshop hosted by and @learningcode this month in Toronto. And when you do, be sure to join the conversation by posting about women who inspire you, using the hashtag #BookingFEMpowers - we want to know who you look up to! You could win a $500 travel credit and mentorship with a female tech leader. #partner πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸ½β€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸΎβ€πŸ’»πŸ‘©πŸΏβ€πŸ’»Who inspires you?

#LSSPartner - Who are your role models? The thing I love most about the women in stem community is how close we are - we are each other's role models, and for that I am so grateful. I remember years ago looking up to some of the girls who have since become my friends - women I used to look at and think, "I want to be like her" (and spoiler, I still do!). The wonderful thing about this community is how much we lift each other up, for it is together that we can make the biggest impact. I'm proud to partner with #LadySpeedStick today to share the story of one of my role models, unstoppable Rocket Scientist and adventurer Natalie Panek! @natalie_panek Watch her unstoppable story, then join the movement and inspire others by sharing your own with the tag #BeUnstoppable! #Ad

Feeling SO ENERGIZED after a day of business and blockchain downtown. More and more I'm learning it's not what you do, it's who you do it with, and who you do it for. Everything comes back to the people. My first couple of months into entrepreneurship have been filled to the brim with meetings and customer/user interviews and heavy conversations with total strangers, and the biggest lesson I've learned so far is that most people are open to talking if you give them an opportunity to share their story. We all want to be heard, we all want to have a voice, and when we open up to each other, we all benefit. ✨ This pic was taken by Eden, a follower-turned-friend who stopped me at Quantum Coffee just to say hi, leading to an hour long conversation about the women in tech scene in Toronto! As developers we can fall into a pattern of seclusion, working from our caves in our yoga pants with an intravenous espresso drip - no, just me? Okay, but my point is that sometimes just putting yourself in discoverable places is enough to lead to awesomeness. ✨❀️✨

It's about time I introduce my team! Say hello to my awesome co-founders, Tuba and Stefan. We met at the Next36 selection weekend and bonded over a mutual passion for diversity and inclusion and a shared belief in doing business to improve people's lives. If you've been following my Instastories you'll know we did our first pitch competition last Thursday and won a grant! We are so stoked to tell you what we're working on...but for now you're going to have to catch snippets of it on our stories until we publish our landing page. πŸ™ƒ Happy Sunday everyone, take some time today to set up your week and get in the zone for spring! 🌷✨ photo cred to our fave πŸ“Έβ€οΈ

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