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Abadesi
How do you pick the people to get recommendations from? What are some of your personal faves? @jennytkim
Jenny Kim
Maker
Hey @abadesi thanks so much for your interest!! 1. How do you pick the people to get recommendations from? A lot of the people are our own role models- we're trying to feature many impressive females as we've personally had a hard time finding female models vs males. We've also collected many people suggestions from friends and via the contact form on our website. Let us know if you have any suggestions! :) 2. What are some of your personal faves? Mine - Sophia Amoruso, Arianna Huffington, Barack Obama Christine (my co-founder) - Yuval Noah Harari, Dara Khosrowshahi
Anna Filou
@jennytkim I'm asking out of pure curiosity cause this part caught my attention: "we're trying to feature many impressive females as we've personally had a hard time finding female models vs males." Why would one try to find specifically *female* role models? Of course it's ok to have a female role model, just as it it having a male role model, what I don't understand is why would you search for a female specifically to be your role model instead of naturally coming to admire admirable people? What role does gender/sex play in such things?
Jenny Kim
Maker
@anna_0x Hey Anna, thanks for your question! You're right in saying that we should just admire admirable people overall, but especially in male-dominated fields, I think women models provide confidence for other aspiring women. In my experiences working in entrepreneurship & tech, there have been many times where I've felt insecure as a woman and so, seeing women (compared to men) excel in these fields is particularly inspiring. I know many other women have shared these sentiments - my friends, the stories of sexual harassment issues we hear about in media, etc. There are many other fields that we feature on our site (politics, science, sports, etc.) that are male-dominated or have aspects that favour males and our hope is that our women readers feel more confident after finding a woman model to admire in these kinds of fields.
Anna Filou
@jennytkim hey Jenny, I have a very rough understanding of where you're coming from but again: "I think women models provide confidence for other aspiring women" I don't really get this, since to me at least, the fact that someone is a woman, does not make it easier for me to identify with them, does not make me feel like anything connects us. To be it honestly sounds like "as a blond person, it gives me confidence seeing other blond people being successful in brunette-dominated fields". Maybe that sounds funny, but that's how the gender things sound to me as well :)
kimia hamidi
This is awesome, I'll definitely give this a shot! I was up super late last night going through Goodreads recommendations and searching for stuff like "Marc Andreessen recommended books" so this really solves a problem I had. Also please add Marc to the list of people on there.
Christine Tan
Maker
Hey @hkimia love that this is useful to you! Also thanks for the recommendation... working on Marc as I type :)
Babken Karapetyan
greate idea
Christine Tan
Maker
@babken_karapetyan thanks a lot :)
Latif Baluch
Subscribed! and I liked my first email too. Although when I clicked on the email to open the site >> I got a 404 error :(
Jenny Kim
Maker
@latifbaluch1 Thanks so much for the warm comment! And thank you for bringing up that issue, I'll fix that for the other people receiving the email :)
Latif Baluch
@jennytkim site seems be working now. I also like the fact you have a link the Amazon - I rarely buy books straight-away but loving adding them to an Amazon list and then circling back when I feel like going wild and doing a big books purchase. Good work team!
Jenny Kim
Maker
@latifbaluch1 really happy to hear you like the Amazon link feature, thanks Latif!! :)
Braden Ream-Neal
This is so awesome!
Jenny Kim
Maker
@bradenream Thanks Braden!!
Carl Michel
Having trouble accessing the website. Is it down? All I'm seeing is a NameCheap splash page.
Jenny Kim
Maker
@carl_michel Thanks so much for letting us know! We're looking into the problem!
Louis Magnotti
@carl_michel same
Christine Tan
Maker
@carl_michel Thanks so much for letting us know. You're right, we're working on getting the site back up and running as we speak. If you want to keep updated about when it's back up and running, please sign up here https://mailchi.mp/4b52d93208f3/wisebooksio
Jenny Kim
Maker
@carl_michel @louismagnotti Hey guys! The website is now back up and running! We're sorry for the issues.
Christine Tan
Maker
Hey guys, it looks like our site has crashed but we are working to get it back up and running. Thank you so much for your interest - we'll add you to the weekly list if you sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/4b52d93208f3/wisebooksio and we'll also keep you guys posted on the status of Wisebooks when we're back up!
Christine Tan
Maker
We're back up!
air
So awesome! Can't wait for this to grow. would also love to see a twitter login / integration which would show if anyone I'm following is in your repository :)
Jenny Kim
Maker
@air_on_web Thank you so much! And that's a really great suggestion, we'll definitely work on that :)
Astghik A
nice :)
Jenny Kim
Maker
@astghik_azaryan Thank you!
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