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Episode 13: Tech, Pride and SF Douchebaggery with Nicole Wemple

Published: Feb 8, 2019

Nicole Wemple works in Tech as a Customer Success director. Hear her journey from watching kids to the salacious world of Zenefits to bro-culture overload. She shares her San Francisco adventures becoming a douchebag and defending her life with a taser. Nicole also asks, “where are all the San Francisco lesbians?”  

Show Timestamps:
0:00 – Intros
2:36 – Kick of tech doucherie with Nicki Wemple
8:30 – Defining Customer Success in Tech
13:40 – The people we deal with
19:55 – To woke or not to woke? How important is happiness.
27:05 – Fearing for your life is common for women
29:50 – First impressions of San Francisco
48:00 – Sexual Orientation: Struggling with not struggling
56:43 – Bitch Sesh: San Francisco made me a giant douchebag

Music Credits:
Eterno Retorno – Madame Rrose Selavy
Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall
Pon de Replay – Rihanna
Who Do You Think You Are – Spice Girls
Proud Mary – Tina Turner
New York Minute Prayer – Shlipa Ray

Episode 12: Let’s Talk Sex and Money with Jules

Published: Dec 29, 2018

If women earn only 78 cent to each dollar, we need to be even smarter about our finances. Jamie Hardin sits down with Jules to discuss how women everywhere can best utilize their personal finance. Jules’ rant is not to be missed. Where do you stand on societal pressures to lose your virginity before 40.

Show timestamps:
0:00 – Intros
2:03 – Kicking it off with annuities
6:30 – CD laddering, getting to the top
10:07 – Employee Stocks, are they worth it?
12:18 – Jules predicts the 2018 crash
16:44 – Cryptocurrency
22:09 – The new housing bubble
26:23 – How women can take care of our finances
39:10 – Job hopping for a better salary
51:46 – And this turned into a millennial rant
54:10 – Bitch Sesh: Fucking before 40

Music Credits:
Eterno Retorno – Madame Rrose Selavy
Price Tag (feat. B.o.B.) – Jessie J
Gold Digger – Kanye West
November Rain – Guns & Roses
Sweet Escape – Gwen Stefani
I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred
New York Minute Prayer – Shlipa Ray

Episode 11: Get Your Career Unstuck with Kelly Poulson

Published: Nov 18, 2018

Do you hate your job? Always wanted to pursue your dreams? Feeling like you’re no longer a good fit for your organization? Dreading Mondays? These are all signals that you are likely stuck in your current career and need to find a way to get unstuck. Career coach Kelly Poulson explains the steps that you need to take to get there and ways to explore what makes you happy in your career. To learn more about Kelly, visit

Show Timestamps:
0:00 – Intros
1:57 – Jamie can’t even get into the interview without diving into managing millennials
8:16 – Misery and despair – how to get unstuck
15:05 – How to change your career completely
22:57 – Financially speaking: how to make a change
32:30 – Career restart: how to interview
38:20 – Opps, I made a mistake changing careers
46:30 – Red flags in interviews and what you want your legacy to say
53:22 – Career fulfillment: does it matter?
1:03:10 – Bitch Sesh: respect people’s time

Music Credits:
Eterno Retorno – Madame Rrose Selavy
True Colors – Cyndi Lauper
A Day in the Life – Beatles
I Gotta Feeling – Black Eyed Peas
Tell Me Something Good – Chaka Khan
Roam – B-52’s
You Learn – Alanis Morissette
New York Minute Prayer – Shlipa Ray

Episode 10: Mr. Marriott, Get Your Shit Together

Published: Nov 5, 2018

Marriott union workers in 8 cities have been striking for more than a month now with no end in sight. What are their demands? A basic living wage where only one job is enough. Hear Jamie’s most recent experience in the city by the Bay with recorded audio of the protesters in front of the W Hotel. Hear the infuriating response from Marriott including lying to customers and requiring other non-hotel Marriott worker to report to a San Francisco hotel to clean rooms before Oracle’s conference. Share your story, write into the show at

Show timestamps:
0:00 – Why I’m ranting about Marriott
3:45 – It all began well…until it didn’t
12:13 – One job is enough
18:53 – Mr. Marriott’s success team sucks
25:27 – Marriott makes their employees clean rooms

Music Credits:
Eterno Retorno – Madame Rrose Selavy
We Built This City – Starship
Blood in the Cut – K.Flay
F**k You – Lily Allen
New York Minute Prayer – Shlipa Ray

Episode 9: Leave Your Company Right

Published: Sept 16, 2018

There is a right way and a wrong way to leave a company. Jamie gives career advice on how to leave your employer without burning bridges. Whether it’s your choice or not, stay classy ladies. You never know when you might need to work with those colleagues again. What’s been your experience? Write in to the show at

Show Timestamps:
0:00 – Introduction to today’s offboarding episode
3:34 – Leaving a company when it’s your choice
5:37 – Two weeks’ notice and how to tell your colleagues you’re leaving
9:42 – Transition planning: don’t get emotionally invested
13:11 – Backdoor references…yep, it happens
16:04 – Exit Interviews, to be honest or not
19:15 – Layoffs or being fired: how to negotiate in your best interest
30:26 – Stop using your business email for personal use
34:22 – Jamie rants about Virginia’s lack of paid time off policy

Music Credits:
Eterno Retorno – Madame Rrose Selavy
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
Paying The Cost To Be Boss – B.B. King
Changes – David Bowie
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones

New York Minute Prayer – Shlipa Ray

Episode 8: Travel sucks, am I right?

Published: Aug 25, 2018

Jamie has traveled…a lot…lately and has some things to say about her recent travel experiences. From whether TSA Precheck is worth it to baggage claim etiquette, Jamie tells it like it is. The misery of a Las Vegas conference for a gal that doesn’t drink, smoke or gamble. American Airlines has a morale problem and how Jamie can never win with Southwest. And ways to make travel better for all.

Show timestamps:
0:00 – Introduction to today’s travel rant
1:26 – TSA Precheck, is it worth it?
4:02 – Vegas and I need to see other people
8:10 – Hotels, listen up ‘cause you missed a vital feature…soundproofing
10:58 – Southwest…need I say more?
15:39 – When Southwest strands you in Denver, check in to the Hotel Monaco (warning: Jamie’s in love with the Kimpton Hotel chain)
16:28 – The question you should ask every Lyft driver
24:41 – American Airlines suffers a huge morale problem
32:10 – Jamie’s worst birthday…yes, I was on a plane ride to Paris
45:15 – Baggage Claim Etiquette full on rant

Music Credits:
Eterno Retorno – Madame Rrose Selavy
Cups – Jean Simone
Leaving Las Vegas – Sheryl Crow
Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
Come Fly With Me – Frank Sinatra
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds – Beatles
New York Minute Prayer – Shlipa Ray

Episode 7: Sephy Hallows – Sobering Facts about the Tech Industry

Published: Aug 18, 2018

Sephy Hallows joins the show for some sobering facts about working in the tech industry as a former drinker. We discuss getting sober, staying sober and how to discuss it at work. Sephy and I have nearly  5 years of sobriety. We discussed the challenges of working in tech with bars and alcohol in abundance around us. Sephy’s article discusses how serving alcohol in an office is not an inclusive policy. Check out Sephy’s amazing articles at

Thinking about getting sober? Jamie recommends for cognitive behavioral therapy based recovery.

Show Timestamps:
0:00 – Introductions to today’s sober episode
2:00 – Welcome Sephy Hallows! And discussing the differences in addictions.
17:02 – Getting sober: stories from the bottom
28:01 – Being “out” about your sobriety at work and the reactions you get
34:10 – To label or not to label: calling yourself an “alcoholic” and relationships with an addict
41:37 – Reactions to “falling off the wagon”
56:45 – Advice for the newly sober and working in the tech industry
1:03:01 – Sephy rants during her Bitch Sesh about short term versus long term incentives

Music Credits:
Eterno Retorno – Madame Rrose Selavy
S.O.B. – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Raise a Glass – Moe.
Ribs and Whiskey – Widespread Panic
Escape (The Pina Colada Song) – Rupert Holmes
Hey, Hey What Can I Do? – Hootie and The Blowfish
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
New York Minute Prayer – Shlipa Ray

Episode 6: Marketplace Rant on Airbnb, Uber and Hipcamp

Published: Aug 11, 2018

Airbnb is driving up rents and pricing locals out of their cities. Uber is why gridlock has increased. Marketplaces like Uber and Airbnb connect buyers and sellers. They are hailed as being a brilliant idea leading the way towards a gig economy and many people use them on a daily basis as a less expensive way to travel. This rant examines the negative impacts on society and how the system falls down when something goes wrong. Jamie shares her own personal Airbnb story of being kicked out on Christmas Day and charged double. Airbnb’s response took 30 days and they closed the case. There are marketplaces doing it right. Jamie shares her Hipcamp story as an example of what customer service should be.

Show timestamps:
0:00 – What is a marketplace?
2:35 – Jamie’s horrifying Airbnb experience
12:40 – Uber and Lyft, the good, bad and ugly
17:53 – Hipcamp is an example of a marketplace done right
23:46 – Airbnb drives out locals in New Orleans
31:15 – Final thoughts on marketplaces

Music Credits:
Eterno Retorno – Madame Rrose Selavy
Surfin’ USA – Beach Boys
No Place Like Home – The Soul Rebels
Accentuate the Positive – John Boutte
New York Minute Prayer – Shlipa Ray

Episode 5: Motherboard’s Kate Rotondo

Published: August 3, 2018

Kate Rotondo shares what it’s like being a new mother in the tech world, what companies can do to support women and how to propose to your man. She goes on an especially relevant bitch sesh on how technology needs to redefine “families.” Check out Kate’s website at and follow her on Twitter @krotondo.

Show Timestamps:
0:00 – Preamble
2:16 – Kate Rotondo introductions and how she started the Motherboard Podcast
8:17 – “Office Mom” is a dirty word, mini-rant on Apple’s keyboard and segue into inherent tech bias
18:44 – Coming back to the office after maternity leave
29:44 – For companies: what you need to know to support mothers in the office
36:20 – How and when to tell your boss that you’re pregnant
38:47 – To work or not to work during maternity leave…it’s an individual question and the value of maternity leave
45:50 – How to propose to a man and lame ass engagement stories
57:23 – Bitch Sesh: Kate takes on the way tech companies think about families.
VCs: Please fund

Music Credits:
Eterno Retorno – Madame Rrose Selavy
Girl is on Fire – Alicia Keys
F**kin’ Perfect – P!NK
Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
I Am Woman – Helen Reddy
Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It) – Beyonce
So What – P!NK
New York Minute Prayer – Shlipa Ray

Episode 4: Jacqueline Warner on Mental Health

Published: Jul 20, 2018

Jacqueline and I never anticipated that a conversation that started with affordable healthcare would take us on the journey to discuss the importance of mental health, depression and what colleagues can do when they notice a change in a person’s behavior. This episode shares stories of depression, PTSD and suicide. We reference Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade in the episode.

Trigger warning: We share stories of suicide in San Francisco, talk about doctor-assisted suicide and discuss Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade. If you’d like to skip it, please note that it’s mostly discussed from timestamp 8:46 – 23:20  

Show timestamps:
0:00 – Preamble, trigger warnings and introductions with Jacqueline Warner
5:00 – The importance of mission in an organization and how “affordable healthcare” is an oxymoron
8:46 – End of life care and why Jamie appreciates living in Oregon
13:00 – Jamie’s neighbor commits suicide
17:09 – Mental Health initiatives in healthcare organization to identify and talk to colleagues that may be at risk of suicidal behaviors; Jacqueline shares a story of her colleague’s suicide
23:20 – How to ask an employee or colleague, “are you considering suicide?” and how suicide is talked about in the media
29:30 – Suicide as a conscious choice vs. mental health illness and Jamie talks about her experience with PTSD and depression

Music Credits:
Eterno Retorno – Madame Rrose Selavy
Life is Long – David Byrne
It’s a Hard Life – Queen
Happy Ending – Mika
New York Minute Prayer – Shlipa Ray

Episode 3: Shelah Barr’s Career Goes to the Dogs

Published: July 12, 2018

After a series of unfortunate life events, Shelah Barr’s career went to the dogs…literally. She started her own canine massage and cross training business in San Francisco. Shelah has been a long time resident of the Castro, the gayest, proudest, most colorful neighborhood in the 7×7. She talks about how the AIDS epidemic has changed the residents of the Castro and finishes with a rant on bicycles. Find Shelah at

Trigger warning: During the Castro portion there is talk of people dying of AIDS and suicide.

Show timestamps:
0:00 – Introductions to Shelah Barr and her career journey to Happy Hounds Massage and K-9 Cross Training
6:00 – Challenges to starting and running your own business and how to reach out for help when you need it
12:55 – San Francisco’s dramatic changes from 1980 to today; how a city went from a clean, hippie city to a densely populated area with a massive homeless problem
18:10 – Millennial Rant…or is it?
23:40 – The Castro neighborhood was intensely affected by the AIDS crisis

*Trigger warning: talking about death from AIDS and suicide

31:10 – Taking a break from career/life
37:25 – Dog health issues, advice on alternative therapy and a story on Bunny vs. the Vet Tech
46:15 – Bitch Sesh: Bicycles’ responsibility on the road

Music Credits:
Eterno Retorno – Madame Rrose Selavy
Start Me Up – Rolling Stones
All I Do Is Win – DJ Khalid
San Francisco – Scott McKenzie
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
Everyday People – Sly & The Family Stone
Dog Stole Things – Phish
Bicycle Race – Queen

New York Minute Prayer – Shlipa Ray

Episode 2: Career Development – Interviewing

Published: June 28, 2018

Focusing on career development, this episode kicks off with Jamie discussing how to interview a company for fit. You’ll learn how to make your resume shine to get the interview, do your research on companies to learn if they treat women as equals and storytelling in interviews. Jamie rants for a minute about bullshit interview questions.

Music Credits:
Eterno Retorno – Madame Rrose Selavy
New York Minute Prayer – Shlipa Ray

Episode 1: Pilot Episode with Eden Brown

Published: June 19, 2018

In this pilot episode of the Tech Bitch Podcast, we sat down with Eden Brown to talk about life as a woman of color in the tech industry, bro culture and how much San Francisco has changed. Eden’s Bitch Sesh is on pet friendly rentals in San Francisco.

Show timestamps:
4:50 – sexual harassment in the workplace #metoo
16:28 – recruiting; ask for what you’re worth
24:40 – living in San Francisco
47:47 – Bitch Sesh: San Francisco is not pet friendly

Music Credits:
Eterno Retorno – Madame Rrose Selavy
Party in the USA – Miley Cyrus
California Dreamin – Queen Latifah
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – Cindy Lauper
Worth It – Fifth Harmony
Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
New York Minute Prayer – Shlipa Ray