In the general interest of pay transparency, here’s a table showing how much I made at Apple (a Big Company that’s nonetheless not known for particularly high compensation in the tech industry), vs Signal (a nonprofit that nonetheless understands that it has to be in Tech Salary Range to be competitive).

(Why “#TalkPay”? It’s a Twitter hashtag that seems to have originally come from 2013’s conversation around the gender wage gap…but I first heard it in the context of openly sharing your name, location, role, and salary, so that others in similar positions could check if they were being paid a fair amount. Lauren Voswinkel, who put out the original call for action in 2015, has a good rundown.)

Negotiate Your Offers!

As you probably know, I joined Signal after nearly a year between jobs. Signal’s a nonprofit whose goal is to make communication secure and private for everyone, mainly through their open-source messaging app. I feel good about being there.

One of the things I kept in mind, though, was that the interview process isn’t a one-sided thing for us software developers. In particular, if you get an offer, you have some say over the terms of the offer.

AlterConf SF/Oakland

A few weeks ago I attended AlterConf SF/Oakland, a conference focusing on diversity-related issues in the tech industry. The dozen or so talks were extremely varied both in topics and in style, but nearly all of them had a story.

I should note that I am a non-marginalized developer and a person with a lot of privilege, including being white, cis, and male. These are not my stories and not issues I have to struggle with on a day-to-day basis, and therefore my interpretation and commentary may have large holes or something dangerously wrong. Nevertheless, these are my impressions and opinions, and I both support every speaker being able to have a voice and agreed with nearly all of them.

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