TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs teaches entrepreneurs how the software design and build process works. Nelly had observed, as have I, that entrepreneurs who are not deeply technical spend too much money, time, and effort trying to get their ideas turned into software products. Many hire the wrong people, get a product that doesn't meet what they wanted, and worse of all, many get ripped off in the process. The idea behind TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs is to help entrepreneurs avoid these mistakes.[continue reading...]
Webgrrls is a networking organization that helps keep professional women, both in and out of the tech space, plugged in to each other. Yusupova, founder of Internet consulting company DigitalWoman.com, leads the NYC Webgrrls chapter, the first and largest subgroup of Webgrrls International.[continue reading...]
For other non-technical founders, being tasked with hiring a developer can bring varied results, at best. Nelly Yusupova, the CTO of Webgrrls International who also runs workshops for non-tech entrepreneurs, recommends hiring people who are willing to adapt and learn rather than someone who already has a specific skill set. Especially on the tech side, this will set you up for success in the long term.[continue reading...]
Nelly has created something that many first time entrepreneurs should consider taking. It can save one a lot of money and frustration down the line. Keep in mind that Nelly has built this business while maintaining the tech infrastructure for 100 Webgrrls chapters across the country and world. She understands how to run an efficient tech infrastructure after all she can built a business at the same time. Impressive woman and techie that has taken her knowledge and figured out how to give back by training others to do what she does so well.[continue reading...]
Determination is the driving force behind Nelly Yusupova. It's how she learned English at age 13 as a refugee from the former Soviet Union, and it's how she mastered computers from the ground up.
Today, Yusupova is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Webgrrls International, a community of professional women who leverage technology to achieve success in their careers. She's also the founder of the web technology company DigitalWoman.com.
It's a remarkable achievement when you consider that Yusupova knew nothing about computers—or, for that matter, the English language and American culture—when she first moved to the United States.[continue reading...]
The best decision I’ve ever made was leaving my corporate job to become an entrepreneur. I like the creativity, drive, self-determination, and the risk and reward quotient. In my opinion, there is no bigger or better life challenge and adventure than being an entrepreneur.[continue reading...]
Nelly Yusupova has heard her share of startup horror stories. The worst one was a female entrepreneur who paid $60,000 for a developer to create her website. She saw bits and pieces of the site over the course of a year, but the developer finally asked for $20,000 more.[continue reading...]
Creating that brave new world means shattering IT's "geeky" reputation—and that means showcasing more women like Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's new CEO. Marissa doesn't live a lonely life surrounded by computer screens. Instead, she is known for being a fashion lover and a social butterfly. "She is living the life," Nelly says. "Using role models to show that geek can be chic is an important part of getting the younger demographic on board."[continue reading...]
Most female technophiles agree that when it comes to gadgets, women look for tools that will improve their lives by increasing their productivity or saving them time. "I don't think the iPad does that," writes Nelly Yusupova, of DigitalWoman via Twitter. "iPad is a beautiful piece of engineering but really it is just a bright, shiny, new gadget to look at and say ohhhh!"[continue reading...]
Since the dust has settled from BlogHer 2007, I finally caught up with Nelly for a podcast opportunity so that the TechRepublic community could learn a little bit about Webgrrls, DigitalWoman.com, and Nelly’s take on a few questions related to programming and IT.[continue reading...]
Nelly Yusupova, founder and president of Manhattan-based Digital Woman, a Web strategy and design firm, and chief technology officer of the networking group Webgrrls International, has reservations for other reasons: information overload and the amount of time that can be spent in Second Life.
Though she says she does see the promise, she also says, “I don’t even have enough time for my first life.”[continue reading...]
We need to change the geek stereotype and start showcasing that geek girls are the hip and cool people in society. We are driving society, creating the tools for the musicians, artists, actors, humanitarians, scientists, and doctors. If more girls knew the broader picture of the technology applications, I believe they would be intrigued to be a part of it. I became an expert at computers and technology by not being intimidated by new information and not giving up just because I did not know something.[continue reading...]
How exactly do you pick the best people to help you set up your technology and come in for those occasional checkups? Nelly Yusupova, who heads theNew York City chapter of Webgrrls, a women’s IT network resource group, says you do it the same way you’d hire any new employee: networking and leads. "I happen to have a background in programming so it’s harder for an IT person to get away with something behind my back. But if you can find someone close to you who’s had a positive experience with someone in IT, you should really consider hiring that referral," she says. "But becoming a part of a technology resource group is also critical, so you can ask members questions that get immediate answers. That way you’re not completely dependent on your IT person's schedule," Yusupova adds. These groups offer technology professionals and small businesses the opportunity to network with others who leverage technology to help propel their businesses forward.[continue reading...]
Nelly Yusupova is a young woman on the IT fast track. A Russian immigrant, Ms. Yusupova earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Queens College of the City University of New York and is working towards a master’s degree in management information systems. “However, having a technical education isn’t enough to really make it in the IT field,” says Ms. Yusupova. “The real knowledge comes from hands-on experience by actually working.”
As an undergraduate, Ms. Yusupova landed a tech internship at Cybergrrl Inc., a New York City-based media and entertainment company for women and girls. After a few months, she was asked to join the staff and became responsible for some of the programming and system support. She left to take a position with New York financial-services firm Paine Webber, where she helped upgrade brokerage applications and provided technical support. Then a technical-lead position at Cybergrrl became available. “I jumped at the opportunity,” she says.
Ms. Yusupova oversees and implements the technical strategy for Webgrrls International Inc., a networking organization for women. She organizes and manages team projects and makes sure they run smoothly. It’s challenging, she says. “Webgrrls International is a group of very technically savvy women and, with Webgrrls around the world as our users, there’s a lot of pressure to execute incredibly well,” she says.
Ms. Yusupova says she’s encountered a few challenges as a woman in what’s still perceived as a man’s field. “I’ve worked with many men who thought I knew a lot less than what I do and a lot less than my male teammates when, in fact, I knew a lot more. However, after working together for a little while, they quickly learned when to defer the lead to me. Projects always run more smoothly when functional leadership is practiced,” she says.[continue reading...]