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Mónica Guzmán

Stories at the intersection of tech and life from a boldly connected city.

Category: Column
October 11, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Why I’m glad Satya Nadella gave that awful career advice to women

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella addresses the company’s overwhelmingly male workforce. (Image: news.microsoft.com) I sat stiff in my swivel chair, the new salary I wanted drumming in my head. When he started talking about the company’s budget, I thought of the compensation research I had done with my husband, the role playing I did with my…

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October 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Don’t spoil the smartwatch: A better direction for our most personal device

(Image: Apple) The watch my husband’s grandmother gave him has a blue face, a silver metal band, and very little time left. There’s a good chance, some people think, that Apple’s new “smartwatch” will help end the 500-year reign of the mechanical timepiece when it’s released next year, strapping to our wrists the 24/7 digital…

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September 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Born famous: How Seattle’s geekiest YouTuber wants to bring up baby ‘Jedi’

Chris Pirillo holds his two-week old daughter, Jedi. A well-known tech figure in the Seattle area, Pirillo now dispenses video-blog advice on fatherhood and being a geek. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times) It’s dark, but you can make out Chris Pirillo’s face in the hospital room. He’s crying. “I’m a daddy,” he More

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September 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM

We are not a mob: A call to share responsibly

(Image by joiseyshowaa on Flickr, CC license) “By the way, this is off the record, Monica.” The corporate director looked right at me, and I almost laughed. Is he serious? We were a small group of young Seattleites expecting to hear candid advice on leadership, not sensitive, newsworthy information. But that’s not what was funny. What was funny…

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August 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Off the treadmill? Seattle’s Waldorf high school defies tech’s sweep

Tracy Bennett heads the Seattle Waldorf  School’s high school campus. The Waldorf educational philosophy cautions against an overuse of tech. (MARK HARRISON /THE  SEATTLE TIMES) It’s almost too fitting that if you look for the computers at Seattle Waldorf School’s new high school campus at Magnuson Park, you’ll find them in a room once…

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August 9, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Tech issue or health issue? Pediatricians struggle to guide parents and teens

Dr. Don Shifrin addresses attendees at the SMAHRT Conference this month in Seattle. (Katy Yu / SMAHRT Conference) Your teen’s pediatrician can talk about a good diet, exercise and even tricky stuff like alcohol and safe sex. But what about smartphones, Snapchat and Facebook? “A lot of them are not going to open that Pandora’s Box, either,…

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