06 Oct #WomenInTechStories: Alyssa Grossman, Digital Content Producer
This is part of a new series focusing on Women in Tech in Boston and their stories in honor of our Women in Tech Story Slam during Boston’s HubWeek. Sign up to join us on October 8th (it’s free!).
My #WomeninTech story is about… well… telling stories.
Growing up, I always
wanted to know needed to know how things worked. My grandfather was an engineer who once assembled a model ship out of toothpicks without reading a single line of instructions. I remember sitting in his office, “interviewing” him about the things he was passionate about: custom-designing the machinery for the pen factory he owned or building a dollhouse for me from scratch (again, without directions). I needed to know the what, where and why so I could build his story in my mind.
I didn’t know I was rehearsing for a future of telling tech stories. After all, I pursued a career in journalism, not engineering. But it turns out that adult me has the same fascination with how things work that seven-year-old me did. Still, does that really make me a woman in tech? I started my career writing for a tourism website, dreaming up new interactive features for the site and asking the developers if they could make those features a reality. There was also something so satisfying about discovering fixes to the little quirks in our site’s content management system. Still, it was journalism.
Flash forward to my time at LaunchSquad. Recently, I was on a road trip with friends, explaining the ins and outs of payment security (in more detail than I’m sure they needed) when I realized that maybe being a woman in tech was 100 percent achievable with a journalism degree and a relentless sense of curiosity. After all, in the past year and a half, my favorite dinnertime conversations have included the future of retail technology and the evolution of the web. So call me a writer or call me a woman in tech. In the end, you’ll probably find me sitting at my desk, completely fascinated by what one of my clients is doing, eager to learn as much as possible so I can tell their story.
Since I wouldn’t be where I am today without a side of inspiration, advice and encouragement, here are a few #womenintech who’ve made me proud to tell the stories of this industry:
- Alex Beauchamp, former Global Head of Content and Social Media at Airbnb: Alex was the force behind Airbnb’s current content strategy, which, if you haven’t noticed, is nothing short of inspirational. Her work is the perfect example of what can happen when storytelling and tech come together.
- New York Tech Women founder Jovena Whatmoor: long before I joined LaunchSquad (or even lived in Boston), I had my heart set on a content role at a NYC tech startup. A friend introduced Jovena and me, and she welcomed me into the tech world with open arms, providing fantastic advice along the way.
- Finally, I wouldn’t want to end this post without a shout-out to my #womenintech (and science) friends who are totally rocking it in fields ranging from computational chemistry to biomechatronics. Their stories are some of my favorites. Seriously. Watch out, world.
A little more about the Women in Tech Story Slam Event
Kendall Square, the most innovative square mile on the planet, is made even more extraordinary by of some of the smartest women on the planet! Join HUBWeek and LaunchSquad for an evening of storytelling from the top female executives in Boston, focused on the connections that make our city great. Each speaker will tell a personal story about a life- or career-altering collaboration that could have happened only in Boston, with time for an audience Q&A. Bring your big ideas and pressing questions and let’s tip the balance toward more women in STEM careers! Sign up now!