PyGotham 2017 = Success!

Earlier this month, Stride sponsored PyGotham at Hotel Pennsylvania! This was a great event for us to give back and engage with the NYC tech community. We were able to speak with all types of Python enthusiasts, from working professionals making a career change, to experienced CTOs. 

Missed us at PyGotham? We’ll be at NYC Uncubed, where innovative, fast-growing companies meet face to face with a curated group of the most talented people in NYC. We hope to see you there!

October, 2017

Stride Named One of Crain's Best Places to Work NYC 2017

Stride is beyond thrilled to have once again been named among Crain’s Best Places to Work in NYC in 2017!

For the past decade, Crain’s has ranked the top best 100 places to work in NYC and Stride is honored to have made the list two years in a row.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in New York City program, visit

Read the full article on our blog

October, 2017

Stevie Awards For Women In Business

NYC Tech Firm Stride Wins 3 Stevie Awards For Women In Business

Stride won three 2015 Stevie Awards at the 12th annual ceremony in New York City on November 13th including Startup of the Year, Female Entrepreneur of the Year and Woman Technologist of the Year. The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s most coveted honor, chosen among more than 1,300 nominations from 26 countries.

Read the full article on Release Wire

November 2015

Harvard Business Review

4 Tips For Launching Minimum Viable Products Inside Big Companies

“We have to disrupt ourselves before the market does.” It’s not an uncommon mandate today. Established enterprises need to innovate to keep pace with the more nimble, smaller startups. Perhaps no approach has captured the imagination of big companies yearning to get more nimble than the lean startup method: quickly building and launching minimum viable products — MVPs — and then iterating and pivoting based on market feedback.

Read the full article on Harvard Business Review

September 2015

How To Ace A Developer Phone Screen With A Non-Technical Screener

How To Ace A Developer Phone Screen With A Non-Technical Screener

Maybe you’ve made the decision to leave your job and are on an active search for your next gig. Or maybe you’re passively looking to see what’s out there. Either way, it’s very likely that your first interaction with your next potential company is going to be with a non-technical person. For smaller companies, you might talk directly with the CEO or founder. For bigger companies it’ll likely be a head of talent or technical recruiter.

Read the full article on Huffington Post

April 2015

Harvard Business Review

Your Agile Project Needs A Budget, Not An Estimate

Nearly every software development project starts with one question: How much is this going to cost? A recent Harvard Business Review article revealed that one in six IT projects has a cost overrun of 200%. To minimize the risk of having your next technical project go awry, stop estimating and start budgeting with this four-step, tactical approach to budgeting.

Read the full article on Harvard Business Review 

December 2014

Debbie Madden On FOX Business’s Varney&Co – Are Women Penalized For Success?

April 2013

Debbie Madden On FOX Business’s Varney&Co – Gender Bias In The Workplace

March 2013

Honesty, Risk And Staying Aligned With Values

Honesty, Risk And Staying Aligned With Values

This podcast covers topics about teams realizing their best, honesty, risk, and tools to help stay aligned with principles and priorities.

Listen to the full podcast on Just Add Wendy

October 2014

5 Things Great Coaches Do That You Can’t Do Yourself

5 Things Great Coaches Do That You Can’t Do Yourself

Every coaching engagement is unique. However, there are certain things that great coaches do that have lasting and valuable impact. If you’re considering hiring a coach, here are 5 things that great coaches do that you can’t do for yourself.

Read the full article on CoachMarket Blog 

July 2014

Agile Engineering

5 Ways Your Business Can Benefit From Agile Engineering Practices Today

Creating useful software is a craft. There is no black and white formula for success. Yet, there are certain Agile engineering practices that, if used thoughtfully, have shown to repeatedly add value to a business.  In this article, I’ll share 5 specific ways that your business can benefit today from Agile Engineering practices.

Read the full article on InfoQ

May 2014


How To Master The Art Of Fixing Mistakes

We all make mistakes. We all get things wrong. Sometimes we make giant mistakes, and sometimes, small ones. Don’t despair, making mistakes and failing are natural. And in fact, making mistakes is not a predictor of success in business or in your personal life. Having the stick-with-it-ness, the grit to keep going, it what separates the most successful people from the pack.

Fixing a mistake well is extremely more important than never making a mistake. Why?

Read the full article on LinkedIn 

April 2014

Huffington Post

Intrapreneur Playbook: 3 Stages To Achieving True Buy-In

One big difference between intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs is that intrapreneurs must care about the infrastructure they are disturbing.

For an intrapreneur, achieving buy-in for an idea is key. In Debbie’s experience, true buy-in is best achieved through 3 stages: form a team, find a champion, and achieving true buy-in from a decision maker.

Read the full article on Huffington Post

March 2014

Debbie Madden On FOX Business’s Varney&Co

Madden debates a recent study showing men raised by a single parent have lower earnings capacity.

March 2013

Debbie Madden On FOX Business’s Varney&Co – Opposing Views On Working From Home

Get in the office, or get out! Debbie Madden joins Stewart Varney to discuss Yahoo! CEO Marrisa Mayer’s work-from-home ban for employees.

March 2013

Debbie Madden NASDAQ

NASDAQ Bell Ringing

Having won a slot on the Inc. 5000 Fast Growing Companies List 5 years in a row, Debbie had the distinct privilege of standing alongside other successful business owners and the Inc. Business Owner’s Council to be a part of the NASDAQ bell ringing ceremony.

October 2013

QCon New York 2013

Innovation In The Enterprise: The Intrapreneurs Behind The Scenes

Debbie presents at QCon New York 2013.

See the Full Presentation here


Inc. Magazine : The Challenges Of Wrangling Personal Relationships From The Trenches Of Startup Life.

Coming Soon… June 2014

Huffington Post

Sheryl Sandberg: I’m Adding A 4th Point To Your TED Talk: Choose To Stay Your Way

I think Sandberg missed one very valuable piece of advice. So Sheryl, I’m adding a 4th piece of advice to your 2010 TED talk. This is for women everywhere: Choose to stay your way.

Read the full article on Huffington Post 

April 2014

Computer World

Tips For Speaking Like A Strategist

Debbie Madden chats with ComputerWorld about educating technical teams about how to speak like business strategists. Having worked with hundreds of clients, Madden says she has learned to ask tough questions, and lots of them, at the outset of a project.

Read the full article on Computer World 

February 2014


Debbie’s Lean In Story

Debbie’s personal story of how she Leaned In. It was April 2012. After being in business for nine years, Debbie’s consulting company was at a crossroads. The firm had been very fortunate and had nine very successful years. Now, for the first time, it faced an uncertain future.

“We promised to take care of our employees and we meant it. Now was the time to act, the time for talking was past.”

Read the full article on 

June 2013

Computer World

Hire Slowly And Hire Well

Real-time data-sharing tools (think Twitter, Quora and LinkedIn) allow job hunters to tell all of their professional contacts that they’re looking for work with a single status update. How do these new technologies affect the people responsible for hiring? In the age of rapid-fire information exchange, does the old adage “hire slowly, fire quickly” still ring true?

As someone responsible for hiring tech talent, Debbie’s answer is yes. Here are some strategies to ensure that you “hire slowly” and wisely but don’t miss out on good candidates:

1. Know what you want upfront. The more you can focus in on what you want in an employee in a specific role, the easier it will be to spot a match.Start by listing the skills and qualities you need, and then create a one-to-one map to ensure your hiring process includes a step to test for each.

Read the full article on Computer World 

April 2013

Huffington Post

Why I Agree With Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer’s decision to abolish Yahoo’s work-at-home policy has grabbed a lot of headlines since its publication. The decision, clearly a newsmaker because of the scale and clout of Yahoo’s operations, has also roused a debate on the importance of workplace collaboration versus worker productivity. Hear Debbie’s take on working from home.

Read the full article on Huffington Post 

February 2013

Computer World

Women In It

Madden worries that women might be taking themselves out of the mix early on in the game over work-life concerns. “One big problem is retention,” she says. “Many women that I know, even when they’re in their 20s, choose careers that are going to allow them to have children.”

Read the full article on 

November 2012


What Every Entrepreneur Must Ask

“Recently there’s been a wave of entrepreneurial spirit,” says Debbie Madden. “From people who’ve worked in their industry for a decade so they think they can start their own business to people who have great ideas and figure it can’t be so hard to run a startup, it seems the perception is that the barrier to entry to getting an app or a website off the ground is at an all time low.”The trouble is, she says, ideas are a dime a dozen. In her 20 years of experience working with fledgling startups, it’s become clear to Madden that the real measure of a successful business is a great team. And for young tech companies, that element is unmistakable: what you need is a technical cofounder.

Read the full article on 

November 2012