71 episodes

The Tech Unlocked Podcast aims to demystify and diversify the tech industry by giving you the keys to unlock your tech career. On this show, you'll hear authentic and informative career conversations with incredible guests on how to get a job in tech and build a successful tech career. By sharing diverse and unique career stories, I hope to give you the keys to unlock YOUR own tech career. Visit www.techunlockedpod.com and use #techunlockedpod on twitter to continue the conversation.

Tech Unlocked Grace Macjones

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 53 Ratings

The Tech Unlocked Podcast aims to demystify and diversify the tech industry by giving you the keys to unlock your tech career. On this show, you'll hear authentic and informative career conversations with incredible guests on how to get a job in tech and build a successful tech career. By sharing diverse and unique career stories, I hope to give you the keys to unlock YOUR own tech career. Visit www.techunlockedpod.com and use #techunlockedpod on twitter to continue the conversation.

    70 | Are NFTs/Crypto Dead?

    70 | Are NFTs/Crypto Dead?

    70 | Are NFTs/Crypto Dead?
    The top 10 cryptocurrencies overall have lost billions in market value in the past month and NFT sales are spiraling downwards according to Times Magazine. We are currently in a bear market which means things aren’t going to be pretty for a while. With all this chaos happening does this mean this is the end for crypto/NFTs? What should you do in a bear market? In this episode, Grace answers these questions and shares her perspective on the current crypto bear market situation.
     
    Sources:
    https://time.com/6175370/why-bitcoin-crashing/
    https://nftnow.com/guides/scams-explained-what-are-rug-pulls-and-are-they-a-crime/
    https://time.com/nextadvisor/investing/cryptocurrency/ethereum-hits-new-all-time-high-price/
    https://techcrunch.com/2022/05/06/coinbases-nft-marketplace-is-off-to-a-lackluster-start/. https://decrypt.co/99561/coinbase-nft-marketplace-150-users-first-day-public
    https://twitter.com/carnage4life/status/1522046933258293248?s=21&t=FNYa9GDbe3R4HanUA3Stiw
    https://mirror.xyz/0x1Cb8332607fba6A780DdE78584AD3BFD1eEB1E40/yG8rI1lpQGLPhZch0kjxYRjKTtA9rAL51zg-ZrURyAc
    https://nftnow.com/news/instagram-to-start-testing-nfts-this-week/
    Follow Tech Unlocked for career tips:
    Website
    Substack
    Twitter
    Instagram
    ______
    Connect with Grace:
    Twitter : @gracemacjones
    LinkedIn
    Instagram: @gracemacjonez
    ______
     
    Enjoyed listening to this episode? Please leave a review on iTunes and Spotify. Questions about sponsorship? Email us techunlockedpod@gmail.com

    • 23 min
    69 | What To Do When Faced With Career Uncertainty

    69 | What To Do When Faced With Career Uncertainty

    Are you feeling uncertain about your tech career? Don't worry you're not alone. In this episode, Grace shares 3 practical tips to help you deal with career uncertainty.
     
     

    • 18 min
    68 | Navigating the Tech Industry as a First Gen Professional with Gina Moreno

    68 | Navigating the Tech Industry as a First Gen Professional with Gina Moreno

    How do you face the challenges of working in the corporate world when you’re the first in your family to graduate college or work in tech?
     
    In this episode, Grace chats with Gina Moreno a First Generation Mexican American and program manager about how you can navigate working in the tech industry as a first-gen professional and the skills needed to thrive as a PM.
    ______ 
    Key Takeaways:
    Tips on how to navigate your first years as an Early Career Professional Common struggles First-Gen grads face post-college  Inspiration behind making content on TikTok/IG How to create healthy boundaries with family/work/life The importance of having a board of directors Program manager vs product manager vs project manager How to find sponsors Skills needed to thrive as a PM ______
    Gina Moreno is a First Generation Mexican American, who is the first one in her family to graduate from college. Now Program Manager at Microsoft, Gina’s mindset has been created by traveling to 17 countries, her investment in mental health, and being intentional about her self-growth & self-expression. Gina holds an Industrial Engineering BS &
    Systems Engineering MS from University of Texas at El Paso. She gave a TEDx talk in 2019- Empowering women through STEM Leadership. “We are all multidimensional and it's time to take up space and sit at the table where decisions are made!” Gina since then has shared her story and lessons through organizations whose mission lies on empowering women, the hispanic community and the first-generation community. Gina creates content across social media platforms and now has over 75,000 followers and now has been featured on Business Insider, Univision, NBC, LA Times, and more. Gina’s mission is for her audience to feel heard, encouraged to self-invest and empowered to chase their ever-changing dreams.
    PS: she is also a cat mom to Canelito.
    ______
    Follow Tech Unlocked for career tips:
    Website
    Substack
    Twitter
    Instagram
    ______
    Connect with Grace:
    Twitter : @gracemacjones
    LinkedIn
    Instagram: @gracemacjonez
    ______
    Connect with Gina:
    Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/soyginamoreno/
    Tiktok- Soyginamoreno
    Linkedin- Gina Moreno
    ______
    Enjoyed listening to this episode? Please leave a review on iTunes and Spotify. Questions about sponsorship? Email us techunlockedpod@gmail.com
     

    • 43 min
    67 | The Future of Tech Education with Naomi Thomas

    67 | The Future of Tech Education with Naomi Thomas

    It's no secret that technology has changed the education system and how we learn generally. With so much information and resources at our disposal, how do you choose the best education path to help you break into tech?
     
    Today on the show, Grace chats with Naomi Thomas the CEO of ∞edu (InfinityEdu), a startup building the future of tech education in web3. ∞edu helps students explore careers in tech through a passion-first approach. Naomi shares her passion for tech education, how tech is changing the way we learn and what the future of tech may look like 10 years from now.
     
    —————————————————
     
    Key Takeaways:
    What was the inspiration behind ∞edu How technology is changing the way we learn Problems with our current education system and how ∞edu help solve some of those challenges The role educators play in the  future of education Challenges of being a web3 founder Advice for new web3 founders What the future of tech education may look like in 10 years --------------------------------------- Connect with Naomi:
    https://twitter.com/iamnaomithomas?lang=en
    https://www.instagram.com/p/Caz7TXypwBJ/
    https://www.learnbeyond.io/
    —————————————————
     
    Follow Tech Unlocked for career tips:
    Website
    Substack
    Twitter
    Instagram
     
    —————————————————
     
    Connect with Grace:
    Twitter : @gracemacjones
    LinkedIn
    Instagram: @gracemacjonez
     
    —————————————————Enjoyed listening to this episode? Please leave a review on iTunes and Spotify. Questions about sponsorship? Email us techunlockedpod@gmail.com
     
     

    • 50 min
    66 | How to Get Started in Web3 as a Developer with Audrey Akwenye

    66 | How to Get Started in Web3 as a Developer with Audrey Akwenye

    The average salary for a Blockchain developer in the United States is currently $155K according to ZipRecuiter.com. Now is the best time to become a web3/blockchain developer. But where do you start? What tech stack do you need to learn? How do you find the best web3 job/community that is right for you?
    Today on the show, Grace chats with Audrey Akwenye an educator turned software developer who focuses on backend and blockchain technology. She is the co-founder of Black@, a token gated community for Black professionals, creators, founders, and funders looking to learn more about web3, and also is also the co-founder of Beans an experimental DAO focused on decentralized IP development. Audrey founded NanuPanda labs a small web3 lab building primarily in the NFT/Crypto gaming space and is currently.
    In this episode, Audrey shares what inspired her to make the switch from web2 to web3 as a developer and why community is everything in web3.
     
    Key Takeaways:
    What is web3 and why does it matter What to look for in a web3 dev role Advice for new web3 developers Why community is everything in web3 What is a token-gated community? The role of tokenomics in NFT communities The difference between ERC1155  vs ERC721 tokens The story behind the Black@ community and how it was built What does the future of web3?  
    Connect with Audrey:
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/0xOddrey
     
    Audrey’s Projects:
    https://twitter.com/NanuPanda
    https://twitter.com/DroppinggemsNFT
    https://twitter.com/blackatxyz
    https://www.blackat.xyz/
    https://beans.wtf/
     
    Web3 Dev Resources:
    https://twitter.com/_buildspace
    https://twitter.com/dabit3
    https://twitter.com/developer_dao
    https://collab.land/
     
    Follow Tech Unlocked for career tips:
    Website
    Substack
    Twitter
    Instagram
     
    Connect with Grace:
    Twitter : @gracemacjones
    LinkedIn
    Instagram: @gracemacjonez
     
    Enjoyed listening to this episode? Please leave a review on iTunes and Spotify. Questions about sponsorship? Email us techunlockedpod@gmail.com
     

    • 59 min
    65 | How VR Tech Can Help Destigmatize Mental Health Conversations with Patrick Wetzel

    65 | How VR Tech Can Help Destigmatize Mental Health Conversations with Patrick Wetzel

    From gaming to entertainment, Virtual Reality (VR) technology is changing the way we interact with each other and the way we see the world. But how is VR being used for good especially when it comes to mental health awareness?
    In this episode, Grace chats with Patrick Wetzel a associate producer at Flight School Studio about how their VR film project “Weird Times” is helping teenagers talk about their mental health. Flight School is an award-winning studio of artists fearlessly exploring the unknown in mixed-reality immersive entertainment, live-venue activations, games (console, PC, and mobile), and experiential design. 
     
    Key Takeaways:
    What is Weird Times (WT) and how is it helping teens talk about their mental health? The process behind creating WT Why VR is the to right tech to foster conversation about mental health issues Criticism of WT and how its being addressed Any challenges while creating this project? What is the future of "VR for good"? Skills needed to thrive in this career field Follow Tech Unlocked for career tips:
    Website
    Substack
    Twitter
    Instagram
     
    Connect with Grace:
    Twitter : @gracemacjones
    LinkedIn
    Instagram: @gracemacjonez
     
    Connect with Patrick:
    https://flightschoolstudio.com/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-wetzel-5a0ab991/
     
    Enjoyed listening to this episode? Please leave a review on iTunes and Spotify. Questions about sponsorship? Email us techunlockedpod@gmail.com

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

amandamcd23 ,

Must Listen for Future Techies!

Grace does a fantastic job collaborating with industry guests to break down and explain tech concepts for those that are new to the industry. I am grateful for the Tech Unlocked podcast that continues to educate me on tech terminology, roles, and trends. Thank you Grace!

_2legit2quitt ,

Thankful

I’ve been struggling to break into the tech industry since 2019. I was really thankful to hear about the different jobs available.

LaLaLaLinda8888 ,

Awesome Host

Grace is a pro and the content Is very insightful and inspiring!

Top Podcasts In Technology

Lex Fridman
Jason Calacanis
NPR
Jack Rhysider
Gregg Phillips
Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal