I’m Sage, also known as @theTrendyTechie. I’m a developer by training and an entrepreneur by nature, and I’m on a mission to make the world more empathetic through technology.
My motto is, “do everything with love.”
Prior to founding my company Crescendo, I worked as a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, where I focused on artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and blockchain (yes, those sound like #buzzwords but I did actually build some cool things). I’m also a freelance technical educator specializing in blockchain development, and I worked with Lighthouse Labs to create Canada’s first blockchain developer bootcamp. I’m a long time blogger and first-time author, and am working on a new book that I can’t exactly talk about yet (except maybe on our virtual coffee call 😉).
In the last year I’ve gone from being a salaried employee at the world’s most valuable company, to a founder and employer at my own startup. I’ve gone through a startup incubator (Next36) and an accelerator (Techstars), broke off a 6-year relationship and found new love, and experienced the worst pain of my life watching my mother pass away after a four-year battle with cancer.
I’ve learned how to turn an idea into a real company with real customers. I’ve hired employees and messed up management and learned how to be better. I’ve shipped a product and done user testing and integrated feedback from hundreds of users, customers, and mentors. I’ve become really good at organizing my time.
I’m a Canadian-born Italian/German/Indonesian woman. Throughout my career in tech I’ve faced gender discrimination and ageism. I’ve left that horrible boss. I’ve had my understanding of gender diversity challenged and changed, and learned how to be a better ally, especially to my genderqueer and nonbinary friends. I’ve realized how complex we all are and how much more effective teams can be when everyone — everyone! — feels like they can fully thrive.
I’m a musician, a nerd, a mentor, and a mentee. And finally, I’m honest. I’ll give you real opinions and be as candid as I can. My goal for doing this is to make real connections and see how we can help each other make this world seem a little smaller and more accessible.
If any of this interests you, book a call with me and let’s chat!