Me: "For Melissa's birthday, I sent her a Minted greeting card that said 'Happy birthday to the number-one most froggy friend'. On the inside, it said, 'I am so lucky to spend 5/7 of my days with you, sometimes 6/7.'"
Tom: "You both go into work on the weekends?"
Me: "No, I sometimes hang out with her socially."
Tom: "Oh I see."
Me: "So your natural conclusion is that I work on weekends, not that I might have a friend."
Me: "My new interns are so funny. I think the team humor level may be at an all-time high. The other day, XXX wrote an email to the engineers about doing inserts into a particular database table, in the form of a short poem. His intern replied with '10/10. The poem moved me to tears.' Then another intern replied to say, 'For the record, I also cried a little bit.'"
Me: "They tell me that normally they are even funnier. But at work, they are spending part of their energy trying not to swear."
Tom: "You don't swear at work?"
Me: "Only sparingly."
Tom: "At my work, every other word is a curse word. Every day you hear someone screaming, 'The fucking build is broken!! Who the fuck broke the build???'. Sometimes the person screaming is me."
Me: "Oh! But you don't swear when we hang out."
Tom: "We are usually talking about something nice, not why the code won't fucking compile."
I live in San Francisco. I am CTO of Minted, a 100-person company in Financial District. We build a platform that crowdsources graphic designs and art from a global community. Previously I led engineering teams at Google and Microsoft for a combined 10 years. I have an awesome little brother. My name is pronounced like "Vivian" with N's.
I'm on twitter at twitter.com/niniane.