Developer, writer, thinker.

Lama is a developer, writer, and bookworm. She learns from her friends on Microlearnings, shares her thoughts and interesting links and builds projects in the background. She’s currently building a community for young people at ambitious.guide to discuss all things tech and science. You can talk music, books, and connect with her on Twitter.

What does diversity mean to you?

Diversity can mean anything to anyone, but I highly value diversity of thought. There’s a never-ending list of things that makes us different physically, but it can be hard to find a group of people who think differently, even if they have different physical features, and this isn’t particularly limited in an engineering sense. Diversity of thought can mean you have people near you that remind you to be considerate of others, teach you something you don’t know, or give you a different perspective that you never considered.

How can we build more inclusive communities?

As easy as it might sound, people have to listen to each other. More important than listening, they have to understand. And even more important than understanding, they have to compromise. That’s not an easy thing to do, but it’s necessary because there’s over seven billion people populating the planet. It’s natural that not everyone is going to get along, and there’s nothing wrong with having emotions towards other people, positive or negative, but a lot of compromise needs to come in the equation. Every healthy relationship is built on compromise.

What inspired you to start your current journey?

Initially, I wanted to become a neurosurgeon. I wanted to organize an event and was reaching out to people who’d done this type of event before, and came across one person my age at the time (high school-ish) who was really involved with startups. He worked on a project that sold to a major social media platform, and got me to collaborate on a different project with him, which exposed me to Product Hunt and the tech community. I started following people in tech on social media and connecting with them, and I knew this is where I wanted to work.

What is one thing you wish you knew five years ago?

I wish I knew how valuable online communities are. I’ve got friends all over the world with whom I chat with everyday and learn from. I may be limited geographically to where I am, but it doesn’t mean my thoughts and connections have to be. It’s what the internet was built for!

What is your advice to a young person starting their career or entrepreneurial journey?

Always be willing to learn and ask questions. There is not a single person or computer on this planet that has all the knowledge in the world. Most people only know a handful of things about a handful of things, but are super knowledgable in an area or two. People are generally nice and will offer advice or share their thoughts with you if you ask them. It’s also a great way to build relationships with people!

Which books changed your life?

The first one is the Quran. Some people go to the Bible or the Torah, but I find solace in the Quran, and wish more people read it and understood its stories.

The second book is Brain Rules by John Medina. I read this in the sixth grade, and this grew my curiosity for how people think differently and understand things.

The third is Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. I can credit this book to sparking my first interest in understanding economics, and how two seemingly unrelated things are similar or affect each other.