Author Archives: Tamra Johnson

About Tamra Johnson

I’m an entrepreneur and a recent MBA graduate from UCLA Anderson. I have 10 years of experience in IT Management and Systems Engineering. I love learning, helping others, exploring the world around me, running at the beach, going to concerts, and visiting family and friends. I grew up in Helotes, Texas, went to undergrad in Cambridge, MA, and now live in Venice, CA.

[Interesting Article] What’s missing from conversation about women in tech? Men

From USA Today, written by Google VP Knowledge Alan Eustace and published yesterday, What’s missing from conversation about women in tech? Men Throughout the past decade, I’ve spoken to thousands of women about the need to make the technology industry more welcoming. … Continue reading

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[Interesting Article] Many Women Leave Engineering, Blame The Work Culture

From NPR in August, Many Women Leave Engineering, Blame the Work Culture. Close to 40 percent of women with engineering degrees either leave the profession or never enter the field The biggest pushbacks female engineers receive come from the environments … Continue reading

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How to Start a Startup – Lecture 3 Paul Graham

I’m enjoying the first week of the Y Combinator class How to Start a Startup. The most recent session was with guest lecturer Paul Graham about the Counterintuitive Parts of Startups, and How to Have Ideas. Paul writes regular essays on … Continue reading

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[Resource] Starting a Startup

The opportunity to access fantastic course material online for free continues to grow and amaze me. This fall, there is a class being put on by Y Combinator at Stanford on ‘How to Start a Startup‘ with an impressive set of … Continue reading

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It’s About Time – MIT Breast Pump Hackathon

This is awesome – MIT is putting on a ‘make the breast pump not suck’ hackathon event through the Media Lab. I was just talking to someone last week about the lack of innovation in breast pumps, and that the … Continue reading

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Two WSJ Blog Posts – Where are Women, Not Dumping Family

It’s been a bit since I wrote a post. For those who know me personally, you’ve likely already heard or seen the news that I became a mom just over three weeks ago. Isaac Hazen Johnson was born Monday, July … Continue reading

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The Birth of the United States of America – Challenging Conventional Wisdom (& Are We Listening)?

I took a seminar class from Prof Maier on the American Revolution (I think there were 8-10 of us in the class), and I often cite it as one of my favorite non-major classes. She pushed us in the material … Continue reading

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Bachelor Degrees to Women (and Inversely, to Men) Over Time

From the Flowing Data blog that I follow (lots of cool graphs and data depictions), I saw an article showing the percentage of bachelor degrees conferred to women by major from 1970-2012. It was written by Randy Olson, a current Computer Science PhD … Continue reading

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Alleged Gender Bias for Faculty at UCLA Anderson – My Business School

I’ve got mixed reactions to this article today in the WSJ – Gender Bias Alleged at UCLA’s Anderson Business School.  I’m glad Anderson has been proactive in conducting internal reviews and publishing the truth, but it’s also frustrating to see how … Continue reading

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Evolution of Education

During my morning workout I enjoyed another great Stanford University eCorner podcast featuring Sal Khan of the Khanacademy.org. I’ve been following what this organization is doing for some time, and I really enjoyed catching up on how it has grown and … Continue reading

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700 MHz Licensed Spectrum to Bring Broadband to Rural Areas

I don’t expect folks to watch the entire thing, but here is a briefing I took part in today on bringing broadband to rural areas. Most of my talk is at 10-22 minutes, and then Q/A through the remainder.

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A One Day Bootcamp

Last week I attended the one-day AmEx OPEN CEO Bootcamp, which was held in Los Angeles, and looks to be the second in a series of events they are doing to support women business leaders. There were several hundred people there, … Continue reading

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February 2014, Heading in to Spring

It’s been over a month since I last wrote a post – a lot has happened, both planned and unplanned. On the planned side, my husband and I took a trip to Peru for just under two weeks for our … Continue reading

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Reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

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I haven’t used this blog to talk politics, and I still don’t have any plans to do so. But – I listened to President Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night, and given my interest in the topic, I … Continue reading

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Quality Time

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Happy New Year! I had a really nice break over three weeks or so, with some work interspersed with relaxation and fun. We celebrated Christmas in CA, and then we’re in TX for a week for another round of Christmas … Continue reading

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Pruning the Branches / Declutter the Network

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In the last two weeks, there has been a message I’ve been hearing that is sticking with me, and that I’m working on putting in to practice. I volunteer as a lector at St. Monica’s in Santa Monica, which means … Continue reading

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Support for Women Leading High-Growth Companies

As I’ve brought up in the past, I enjoy listening to podcasts and books while I’m exercising. The last two days, I was taking in the final Fall lecture from the Stanford Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Seminar, which featured Sharon Vosmek, the CEO of Astia. … Continue reading

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Taking a Moment for Those in the Philippines

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I know by this time most everyone has heard about and seen the imagery from the huge storm that hit the Philippines this past week. Over the last 1.5 years, through the use of oDesk (online job marketplace I highly recommend), I … Continue reading

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One Pretty Amazing Week – From South Dakota Governor’s Pheasant Hunt to Arcade Fire Album Release (and a few things in between!)

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I’ve had an awesome variety of things go in the past week, so I want to get my thoughts down and share some stories while it is still fresh.  Over the past year, I’ve been traveling to South Dakota and … Continue reading

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Taking the Time to Find Gifts in the Every Day

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I’ve had several reminders this week about the importance of taking time in life for things that are not work, whether it be hobbies, spending time with others, exploring the world around us, or just taking it easy. During a … Continue reading

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