Jun 1, 2017
KGNU's Claudia Cragg talks with Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens about their book that tells the story of the women who haven't asked for permission from Silicon Valley to chase their dreams.
They are going for it -- building the next generation of tech start-ups, investing in each other's ventures, crushing male hacker stereotypes and rallying women and girls everywhere to join the digital revolution.
Geek Girl Rising isn't about the famous tech trailblazers you already know. Instead, journalists Heather Cabot @CabotVentures and Samantha Walravens @SamWalravens introduce us to the fearless female entrepreneurs and technologists fighting at the grassroots level for an ownership stake in the revolution that's changing the way we live, work and connect to each other.
We learn about women such as Debbie Sterling, inventor of GoldieBlox, the first engineering toy for girls, which topples the notion that only boys can build. And the YouTube sensation that is Michelle Phan's ipsy studios, where she is grooming the next generation of digital video stars while leading her own mega e-commerce beauty business. Tracy Chou, former lead software developer at Pinterest, whose public urging in 2013 helped push Silicon Valley tech giants to reveal the tiny number of women in their ranks, propelling the "women in tech" conversation to front pages.
These women are the rebels proving that a female point of view matters in the age of technology and can rock big returns. At a time when women hold 26% of computing jobs in the U.S. and make up a tiny fraction of the entrepreneurs launching new tech companies, their stories shine a light on new role models who prove that in the fast-moving innovation economy, there is a place for anyone who has a big idea and the passion to build it.