Women in Tech Week Profile: Renee Mascarinas

Oct 14 2019

We’re continuing our celebration of Women in Tech Week into this week with another profile of one of many of the amazing women who make a tremendous impact at Docker – this week, and every week – helping developers build modern apps.

Renee Mascarinas is a Product Designer at Docker. You can follow her on Twitter @renee_ners.

What is your job?

Product Designer. 

How long have you worked at Docker?

11 months.

Is your current role one that you always intended on your career path? 

The designer part, yes. But the software product part, not necessarily. My background is in architecture and industrial design and I imagined I would do physical product design. But I enjoy UX; the speed at which you can iterate is great for design.

What is your advice for someone entering the field?

To embrace discomfort. I don’t mean that in a bad way. A mentor once told me that the only time your brain is actually growing is when you’re uncomfortable. It has something to do with the dendrites being forced to grow because you’re forced to learn new things.

Tell us about a favorite moment or memory at Docker or from your career? 

There’s so many, but one that stood out was my visit to the Docker Paris office. It wasn’t so much about going to Paris, which was amazing. It was more about the bonding experience with the product team. It was my third week at Docker and I was forced to learn quickly about applications for our enterprise distribution offering.  I have a long list of favorite people from Docker, and most of them were from that trip.

What are you working on right now that you are excited about?

Enhancing the UX in Docker Hub. There’s so much work being done and released, it’s super exciting!  I have always worked on products that aren’t quite a SaaS offering so user feedback can sometimes be limited.  With Hub, you can dig up opinions from Twitter and Reddit, and feedback is collected in GitHub.  

What do you do to get “unstuck” on a really difficult problem/design/bug?

I do competitive and comparative analysis on a similar product on their UX workflows.  I like to review some of my findings with colleagues to see if I’m on the right path. 

What is your superpower?

I am a super planner. If I’m going on a vacation, there will be an itinerary. I think it was a coping mechanism growing up to defend against my bossy older brother. 

What is your definition of success?

Success in a project is when I’ve reached a level of contentment that I’m not up at night still thinking about it. And everything can be a project, I set a lot of goals to challenge myself and attribute success to achieving goals.

What are you passionate about?

Problem solving. It’s very egotistical but I like to challenge myself to see if I have what it takes to figure things out.

What is something you love to do? And something you dislike?

I love teaching myself new skills., I am a YouTubeyoutube DIY junkie. I hate indecision. 

Share a story about something or someone who has been very impactful on your life or career?

My calculus teacher was really passionate about the subject and it made me passionate as well. I ended up tutoring calculus to high school students for four years because I wanted them to love calculus too.


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