“I just want to break stereotypes,” says Tiffany, founder, TiffinTech
With an Instagram family of over 106K and 60.2K subscribers on Youtube, she is better known as TiffinTech which is her Instagram handle. In an exclusive interview with USA Newshour Tiffany opened up about her goals, what motivates her, shared insight on what is going on in the industry, and where we are headed.
Tiffany is a software developer and a content creator in the field of tech and lifestyle. Her content is tech-oriented but that doesn’t stop her from following the latest trends which other content creators strive for. With an Instagram family of over 106K and 60.2K subscribers on Youtube, she is better known as TiffinTech which is her Instagram handle. In an exclusive interview with USA Newshour Tiffany opened up about her goals, what motivates her, shared insight on what is going on in the industry, and where we are headed.
Below is an excerpt from our conversation with Tiffany.
Q1. The common impression for coders and web developers is that they are geeks, which is ironical when I first saw your profile, are you somehow trying to change that perception about ‘techies’ subconsciously maybe? Making it look more fun?
Definitely, I just want to break those stereotypes no matter what background you come from or what interests you, nothing should stop you from going into the tech industry or as a matter of fact anything else if that’s what you desire.
Q2. Facebook announced recently to reopen California headquarters in May. What do you think about the global work from a home phenomenon which all of us experienced because of COVID-19?Do you think working from home decreases productivity because of the comfort available?
I think, I can only speak about myself, of course, at first it was a challenge but later I found things to help me get focused, like going for walks in the morning take some breaks in the middle, having a realistic day and not to take too much on the plate. But I think it will be great to go back to the office, a little bit at least.
Q3 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that he wants to bring reforms in Section 230 of the Communications and Decency Act which gives them immunity from user-generated content. Do you think that the internet is no more a safe and healthy place as it was promised to be?
I think it depends, of course, there are positive and negatives to the internet and social media, it’s one of those things where the users should try and be aware of the content they are consuming especially for young users.
Q4 Being in the tech industry what do you think about the future of technology? We all witnessed the rise of Bitcoin, the bizarre NFT’s sold over the internet, we have self-driven cars now. What do you think will be the next big thing, say in the next 10 years?
Interestingly, I think it is so hard to predict because the reality is tech is growing at an extremely fast pace and if any predictions are to be made they may come true in 5 years or even earlier. I rather keep myself open to all the new technological advancements and of course, self-driven cars are going to be a hot topic in the coming years.
At a moment where the conversation went from bitcoin to Elon Musk, Tiffany revealed that she doesn’t follow celebrities and especially not on social media platforms, but she respects Elon Musk’s work in his field. “But one thing is for sure that he definitely knows how to take a rise out of people and spark some interest in people as well,” she said.
Q5 What is your advice for budding techies/content creators? Any book recommendations or individuals to look out for?
One of my favourite ones which I speak about quite a bit is a book called ‘Zero to One’ by Peter Thiel, it is a great read as it covers both the entrepreneur side and the tech side. It talks about the high’s and lows of being an entrepreneur and is definitely one of my favourite books. You should really go after what you want in life and take those risks even if it feels scary at first, it will be worth it in the end.
With such an insightful conversation with Tiffany, one thing was sure that there is a lot more to social media and the internet than we think and the future of all is extremely exciting.
Tiffany holds informative live sessions on her Instagram account and she revealed during the conversation that she is planning to bring some industry experts from specific fields to take it to a next level. She expressed a desire to write her own book later in future.
The conversation was brought to an end by Tiffany with a message to her followers, “My main goal with TiffinTech is to continue to inspire and encourage others to break into tech. Breaking the stereotype that one doesn’t need to be from a specific background, and obviously to make tech accessible to all.”