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Episode 121

Una Kravets

UI engineer @digitalocean. Community builder, technical writer & cohost of @toolsday.

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Una Kravets is a blogger, podcaster, speaker, and UI engineer at Digital Ocean. In high school, Una started to explore new technologies like Flash and the Wacom Tablet. After a few internships, Una found a way to combine art and computer science into a career. She then joined IBM where she worked along a team making Watson more accessible and is now part of the team at Digital Ocean. Una also regularly speaks at conferences across the world and co-hosts her own podcast called Toolsday. Una joins us to share her story, what it was like working at IBM, how she’s (currently) living as a digital nomad, what it’s like working at Digital Ocean, how she started speaking at tech conferences, and much more!

Main Objectives For This Episode

  • Learn more about how Una got started as a front-end engineer
  • Learn more about what it was like working at IBM as part of one of the teams building Watson
  • Learn more about how Una started speaking at tech conferences around the world
  • And more!

Episode Overview

Una Kravets is a blogger, podcaster, speaker, and UI engineer at Digital Ocean.

In high school, Una started to explore new technologies like Flash and the Wacom Tablet.

After a few internships, Una found a way to combine art and computer science into a career. She then joined IBM where she worked along a team making Watson more accessible and is now part of the team at Digital Ocean.

Una also regularly speaks at conferences across the world and co-hosts her own podcast called Toolsday.

Una joins us to share her story, what it was like working at IBM, how she’s (currently) living as a digital nomad, what it’s like working at Digital Ocean, how she started speaking at tech conferences, and much more!


Some Of The Questions We Ask

1:42
Where are you from and what did you study?

3:15
How did your passion for art and tech develop? How have you been able to combine them over the years?

4:45
You had a few internships including with nclud & nvite - what were these early career experiences like for you?

6:29
You then joined IBM as a front-end developer. How did you create the opportunity to join the team there?

7:27
What was your day to day role at IBM like? What were some of your favorite projects if you can talk about them?

11:10
How do you / did you approach transitioning from working within a startup to working alongside a bigger team at IBM? Any tips for others who may be doing something similar?

12:31
Can you tell us a bit more about what Digital Ocean does and how you created the opportunity to work there?

13:55
What’s your day-to-day role like and what are some of the projects you’ve had a chance to be part of so far?

15:00
You’ve done a lot of travelling to speak at some pretty cool conferences. How did that come about and what’s your favorite part about speaking at conferences?

17:00
How would you recommend other designers or entrepreneurs go about starting to speak at conferences?

20:28
What’s are some of the coolest apps/tools you’ve downloaded or used recently?

21:15
Any recommendations on some great content that you’ve come across lately?

21:49
Any last thoughts or personal mottos that you live by that you think others should know about?


Here are some of the most important links and resources mentioned throughout the show.

Twitter Handles & Websites

Una Kravets on Twitter
Una on the web
Digital Ocean on Twitter
Digital Ocean on the Web
Toolsday Podcast on Twitter
Toolsday Podcast on the web
Tyler Copeland on Twitter
Franco Varriano on Twitter

Devices, Apps, and Books

Faster and More Accessible: The New digitalocean.com
Hacktoberfest
VS Code
Surge
Wes Bos

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