Erin Caton

Photographer, foodie, product manager and single-mom to a secret agent.


You are not Steve Jobs


A young CEO storms through his start-up, a tiny Godzilla, crushing the feelings of his staff like so many Japanese paper maché buildings. He rubs his forehead in…


How to invite your dead Grandma to Christmas


Reminders of people whom you cared deeply for, but now are dead, are never easy to experience. That game you used to play together, their…


The stay-at-home mominatrix


So, you waited until after you had your career fully established before adding to global overpopulation — both to avoid poverty and because you enjoy working. Kids cost a lot of money and it’s expensive to live in your urban metropolis, rife with multi-thousand dollar rents for a tiny box in the sky. Medical care doesn’t grow on trees (unless you count money being…


Battle tactics for toddlers and engineers


The scene begins with dramatically rolled eyes. Eyes rolled with such intense inner turmoil that surely the head they live in is an angst-bomb…

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My work philosophies

Behind the scenes articles for the photo art show breast cancer fundraiser.


Bringing in the fun


Unhappy people do not perform well at work. They mope, they argue in meetings, they code with the precision of a snail-taking-its-sweet-ass-time, and then you miss all your…


Things my mom taught me


Mother’s Day is a paltry slip of a day, heavily laden with overcrowded brunches and poorly molded hand print ceramics — but that’s why they made mimosas an acceptable…


Escape from the uterus


My son Agent (yep, I named him that) is turning two in two weeks, and at this stage, lot of moms tend to start thinking about adding another human to their collection…


You are not Steve Jobs


A young CEO storms through his start-up, a tiny Godzilla, crushing the feelings of his staff like so many Japanese paper maché buildings. He rubs his forehead in…


Apocalyptic Ballerina — The Finale


After my friend Linda was diagnosed with a type of breast cancer that was was only treatable by chemotherapy, radiation and surgery, we decided to do a…


How to rock cervical cancer


I found out that I had cervical cancer on Halloween day 2012 (trick or treat!), after having my first abnormal pap smear ever in early September the same year. I…


You work with people


or How I stopped the flame war and learned to play nicely

Projects are people

Let’s all scream “It’s people!!!” together now. If you don’t get the Soylent Green reference, you need to read a non-tech book and are not a true nerd, but for now I’ll forgive you. (Argue with me later on the Internet!) Really, though, all…