Software Developer's Journey
#45 April Wensel encourages us to get in touch with our core values
Apr 8, 2019 · 38 min
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April is the founder of Compassionate Coding, a conscious business that helps technical teams cultivate sustainable, human-centered software development practices built on a foundation of emotional intelligence. She has spent the past decade as a software engineer and technical leader at various startups in Silicon Valley. As an advocate for a more socially responsible tech industry, she also mentors technologists around the world and volunteers with organizations to teach coding to people from underrepresented groups. When she is not coding or speaking, she enjoys writing, running ultramarathons, and experimenting with vegan recipes.

Together we started by talking about ultrarunning and how to start a career in IT. We then brused over April's story, from Sony to various Startups in the Silicon Valley. We then talked about hiring practices, looking for a growth mindset, avoiding biases, etc. April then described her company "Compassionate Coding", what it is and why she felt the need to create it. We finally spoke about the pushbacks she endured and April gave the advice to get in touch with your core values.

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