Is Your Startup Searching for Female Software Engineers? Here are 900+ to Choose From!

Year-Long, Paid Internships Offered to Female Engineers from Around the Globe

Over 900+ Stellar Female Software Engineers from Around the Globe Applied for the Program!

The Silicon Valley Internship Programme (SVIP) is partnering with Girls in Tech to increase opportunities for female engineers from around the world through year-long, paid internships. Email info@girlsintech.org if you’re interested!

Currently, women are drastically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) careers and the numbers are decreasing – according to a 2015 report by the American Association of University Women, in 2013 only 23 percent of U.S. computing jobs were held by women, down from 35 percent in 1990. More specifically, just 12 percent of engineers are women. This report further suggests that widely held stereotypes and biases actively harm women in engineering and computing.

SVIP’s existing programs offer software engineering graduates one-year paid internships with high-growth tech companies in the Bay Area. During the internship, they learn entrepreneurial skills through a structured training program that includes mentorship, entrepreneur meet and greets and hackathons. The ultimate goal is for these interns to develop their technical skills and business ideas and absorb the Silicon Valley attitude with a view to contributing to their local entrepreneurial ecosystem upon their return.

With the new partnership with Girls in Tech, SVIP is both expanding its global reach and redressing the gender imbalance of the program’s existing participants and in tech overall. This year two of the 18 graduates taking part in the existing program are women. This group was selected from over 150 applicants of which only seven were women. With the GIT expansion, the goal is to at least double the size of the program and reach a 50:50 female-to-male ratio or beyond.

With this announcement, applications have opened for the SVIP class of 2016-2017 along with commitments from LoopUp, Guidespark, Coffee Meets Bagel, Bitnami and Valuation Metrics to participate in the programme. To learn more about the program visit http://www.siliconvalleyinternship.com/GirlsInTech

To stay up to date on the program, visit the SVIP website or the  SVIP Facebook page.


The Leading Ladies of STEM: Giving a Voice to Women in the Sciences

Ask any young girl in the U.S. today to name the top five leading ladies in Hollywood and they’re likely to recite with ease a complete and accurate list in less than sixty seconds. But ask them to come up with five names of past and present notable females in science and technology and they’ll undoubtedly need some help from a Google search.

Even then, the names that surface may be as foreign to them as the subjects in which these women of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) are renowned. After all, how many of us are familiar with the latest research in artificial radioactivity, nuclear fission or environmental remediation?

When it comes to the topic of women in science, Marie Curie (1867-1934) is the one name that typically emerges from the void. Actively promoting throughout her life the use of radium to alleviate suffering, she was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize in physics in 1903 and the first person to win a second in 1911. In fact, her daughter Irène Curie-Joliot (1897-1956) followed closely in her footsteps and won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1935, making them the first parent-child duo to have independently won this prestigious award. That’s no small feat. Though Curie achieved great notoriety, her quiet, dignified and unassuming demeanor is certainly characteristic of many brilliant, dedicated and determined women who have made significant discoveries, yet remain in the shadows.

Consider the general obscurity of Lois Marie Gibbs, who in 1978 discovered that her Love Canal neighborhood in Niagara Falls, New York and the school her child attended were both built atop a toxic dumping site for the Occidental Petroleum company. After succeeding in a campaign to relocate 900 families, Gibbs founded the Center for Health, Environment, and Justice in 1981 and helped organize grassroots efforts nationwide to raise awareness of the devastating impact toxic chemicals have on human health, particularly in the development of young children.

Women like Curie and Gibbs, inarguably natural-born investigators, possess a strong desire and passion for science, but even if it is in a young woman’s nature to pursue the unworn path, it’s the nurturing piece of the puzzle that continues to elude the gender and present the greatest obstacles. Though statistics vary by country, there’s a general consensus girls feel less motivated to choose STEM fields and have less confidence in their abilities than boys.

For example, a British study prepared for the London Mathematical Society found 42 percent of undergraduates in math are female yet only 6 percent of math professors are women. And in the U.S., according to a census bureau report, despite making up about half of the workforce overall, women still represent only about 26 percent of workers in STEM fields. In fact, there are dozens of studies, including a report published by Tools For Change entitled “Double Jeopardy? Gender Bias Against Women in Science,” that point to the role of cultural attitudes and their significant influence on the number of women in STEM careers.

Now, more than ever, it’s important to offer science as a real and viable career choice for a young woman before she reaches the conclusion that the fight is not worth the effort required to overcome the obstacles standing in her way.Imagine if Marie Curie or Jane Goodall, the world-renowned British primatologist, called it quits, collapsing under the weight of discrimination. Or more crucial, imagine a female Isaac Newton or Albert Einstein coming up in the world today with her future hanging in the balance.

Perhaps one day, young girls in the U.S., rather than associating the name Elizabeth with the actress whose last name is Banks, will think of Blackwell—the first to become a female medical doctor in the United States. Or instead of pairing the first name Rachel with the last name McAdams—yet another American actress—they’ll associate it with Carson—the American marine biologist and conservationist who brought to light the hazards of dangerous pesticides like DDT and revolutionized the global environmental movement.

Dr. Kristen Thoreson

About The Author

Dr. Kristen Thoreson leads the chemical research and product development program at REGENESIS®, the global leader in advanced environmental remediation technologies. A trained chemist, Thoreson’s graduate and post-doctorate research focused on mechanistic investigations of biotic and abiotic chlorinated ethene degradation pathways using molecular model systems and compound specific isotope analysis (CSIA). She obtained her BSc in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, and her PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of Minnesota and spent time as a postdoctoral associate at the Helmholtz Zentrum in Munich, Germany as a part of the research unit for environmental organic isotope chemistry.


Founded in 1994, REGENESIS is a global environmental remediation company leading in the research, development and commercialization of technology-based solutions designed to restore contaminated soil and groundwater. REGENESIS’ scientifically proven, patented in situ products and solutions have successfully removed or neutralized hazardous industrial chemicals and toxins in more than 25,000 soil and groundwater cleanup projects across the globe. REGENESIS is the green choice for leading engineering, construction and environmental consulting firms serving a broad range of clients, including developers, insurance companies, manufacturers, municipalities, regulatory agencies and federal, state and local governments. Driven by a desire to assist those charged with managing the complex environmental challenges of the 21st century, REGENESIS not only simplifies processes and significantly reduces costs; but also contributes to a cleaner, healthier and more prosperous world. For more information, visit www.regenesis.com.

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Interview with Galina Fedorova, Co-Founder of Goodler

Interview with Galina Fedorova, Co-Founder of Goodler

Galina Fedorova is co-founder of Gooddler, along with her sister, Tatiana. Gooddler is a fast and simple solution for civic and charitable organizations around the world to collect and manage goods donations. Rather than donors blindly giving money, unsure of how their dollars are being spent, they are able to purchase specific items through local retailers for the charitable organizations they support. Local retailers win with a boost to their businesses, those in need win by receiving items they truly need, and donors come out on top by being able to take control of how they contribute.

http://www.gooddler.com | @gooddler

Tell me about Gooddler.

Gooddler is a unique, evidence based solution for civic and charitable organizations around the world to collect and manage in-kind (goods) donations. We provide an easy way to communicate by needs allowing organizations to create wishlists using local retailers and farmers. Think of “Gift Registry for Charitable organizations.” Any person in the world, who is interested in supporting these organizations, can purchase items from the wishlists and the items will be delivered to the intended recipient locally in the most efficient way.

We are reinventing the way humanitarian and disaster relief aid is distributed and aim to dramatically improve the distribution of essential resources to those who have the least. We empower local retailers to be a source of positive changes in their own distressed communities. At the same time, we provide a global community with a way to make a meaningful contribution, which is delivered in the most cost effective way. This approach allows us to minimize corruption in all its forms and allows an opportunity for a direct impact, especially in the regions of a military conflict or in weak societies, where aid organizations have a difficult time reaching people in need.  

When did you realize this could be something?

My sister is very involved in the work of helping Russian orphanages. She created a very efficient offline model of delivering specific goods to orphanages. However, to achieve a larger impact and scale globally there had to be an online solution.   

What’s it like working with your sister?

It’s perfect, we’re only a year apart, know each other very well and are very close. We are different in so many ways. She’s very visionary and I’m a “get it done” type of person. We do not step on each other’s toes. Instead, we feed off of each other’s ideas and complement each other.

How are you supporting yourself?

We invested our own money to build a prototype. Then we were able to raise some money. We received $100K last fall. Now we are getting ready for another round of fundraising. We are looking for at least $1M investment.

How did it feel to get your first round of funding?

It’s like a stamp of approval. It’s amazing. It’s like being told: “You girls are great. And we believe in you. We believe in what you do.” We want to make sure that the money we raise are from the people who believe in what we do as much as we believe in it.

How are you getting the word out?

Our strategy is based on creating meaningful partnerships. We are collaborating with charities, foundations, civic organizations and international development agencies. We’ve also partnered with research institutes to validate our approach. At this point, we are looking for strategic partners to help us scale. Our goal is to be a trusted partner to organizations such as USAID, World Bank, and UN.

What is your advice to other founders in the very early stages?

It may be different for us, but I really think you need to go where your passion is.  We are extremely passionate about what we do and excited about an opportunity to make a great impact in the world. We are Christians, we believe that our mission is bigger than us. Because of that, we are able to face challenges head on and with a smile. There is really no stress in what we do, only stress that leads to new, innovative ideas. If you don’t have passion for what you’re doing, how can you engage others in your work? Early on, check your heart.


Girls in Tech To Host Fourth Annual Catalyst Conference

Girls in Tech is proud to announce the fourth annual Catalyst Conference, a three-day event designed to celebrate women in this new age of innovation. The event will take place at Hotel Palomar in Phoenix, Arizona on April 17-19, 2016. For tickets, click here!

“The Catalyst Conference was created to provide our attendees with an environment that allows for true and honest conversations about important issues including gender diversity in the workplace and how we can better support girls in tech.” said Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech. “We look forward to hosting another great group of attendees with a solid lineup of workshops and conversations in Phoenix in April.”

The Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference will include inspiring keynotes from female leaders, as well as multi-media presentations and networking events. The conference also offers attendees exciting discussion and sage advice on innovation and technology, and will provide them with a platform to exchange ideas, connect with other influential women, and create lasting business relationships that could have considerable impact on the technology industry at large.

“As an advocate for innovation in government, I know how valuable it is to collaborate with techies outside my organization,” said Laura Williams, Catalyst speaker and eDiplomacy Officer, United States Department of State. “I’m looking forward to connecting with the women of Girls in Tech, hearing their stories, learning from their perspectives, and brainstorming new ideas.”

There are more than two dozen speakers confirmed for this year’s event, including:

Featured discussion topics include:

This is the second year that Girls in Tech has held their flagship event in Phoenix, acknowledging the area’s potential to harness and support women as they pursue tech and entrepreneurial endeavors.

“We’re excited to welcome the Girls in Tech Catalyst Conference back to downtown for the second year in a row,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “Some of the world’s most innovative women in technology will come together in Phoenix to empower other women to lead and succeed in this critical field.”

Catalyst Conference is sponsored by Automattic, IBM, H&R Block Small Business, Wells Fargo, Axosoft, Infusionsoft, City of Phoenix and Downtown Phoenix, Inc. Athena Alliance is also a proud partner for the event. Television and radio show host Kym McNicholas will emcee the event.

For more information about speakers and schedule of events and to register to attend, please visit: http://phoenix.catalyst.girlsintech.org/

Click here to purchase tickets!



Winners Selected in Girls in Tech’s “Super Football Hackathon” Presented by espnW

Girls in Tech, an organization focused on the empowerment, entrepreneurship, engagement and education of women in technology, along with espnW, ESPN’s business that focuses on serving women who love sports, are proud to the announce the winners of the Super Football Hackathon, a weekend-long event that challenged mobile developers, designers and product developers to create apps to enhance the Bay Area visitor experience during the Super Football Week.

The Super Football Hackathon took place this past weekend at Galvanize in San Francisco and brought together more than 75 developers, with a focus on women developers who possess a passion for sports. Teams brainstormed and developed 10 apps to help Bay Area visitors navigate the excitement around Super Football Weekend. Each app was appraised by an experienced panel of judges to determine the standout Hackathon stars who competed for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including tickets to a San Francisco Giants game, an ESPN gift pack and the grand prize – a VIP trip to ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut with a tour of the campus, meetings with ESPN and espnW executives, developers and ESPN on-air talent.

“Given only 40 hours to brainstorm, create and prototype their apps, I am amazed at what the Hackathon developers were able to achieve,” said Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech. “We are excited to see all 10 apps in action as tens of thousands of people enter the Bay Area in a few short weeks for the biggest game in football.”

Winners of the Super Football Hackathon include:
●    First Place: Nubee, a mobile app that helps explain the game of football to “newbies.”
●    Second Place: Solo, a location-based Q&A platform that allows visitors to ask questions and nearby users can answer, engage in conversations and provide directions and recommendations.
●    Third Place: Family Fun App, a family-oriented app to help keep children safe in a fun way using a NFC sticker and gamification model.
●    Honorable Mention: Tailgatr, a mobile app that locates groups of nearby people with similar interests and helps spread awareness and community engagement around human trafficking.

Other apps created during the Hackathon include a meet-up app for those interested in playing football, a conversation starter app for those who don’t typically follow football and other sports, and a carpooling app to help reduce congestion as everyone heads to the Big Game.

“espnW is proud to have been a part of this unique hackathon experience, highlighting the talents of so many gifted developers as they worked together to better the visitor experience around the biggest sporting event of the year,” said Laura Gentile, senior vice president, espnW and women’s initiatives. “We look forward to welcoming the winning team to our Bristol headquarters and continuing to celebrate women who break barriers across sports and technology.”

Apps created during the Super Football Hackathon are now available to San Francisco Bay Area visitors to use during America’s Biggest Sporting Event. These smartphone apps will help visitors have the ultimate San Francisco football experience. To learn more about the winning apps, visit http://www.girlsintech.org.

In addition to espnW, the Super Football Hackathon was also sponsored by IBM Bluemix, Galvanize and LoopUp.


Girls in Tech is Thrilled to Offer its Global Entrepreneur Basics Bootcamp!

Girls in Tech is thrilled to offer its Global Entrepreneur Basics Bootcamp led byShea Tate-Di Donna!

Do you have a great idea? Do you want to start a company? Do you wonder what it takes to be a great entrepreneur?

The Entrepreneur Basics Bootcamp, which is virtual program,  will cover a series of startup topics such as Ideation, Customers, Pitch, and more, each with an expert topical speaker, to help you answer these questions, and more. This content is designed to help you create a business around your idea and builds on the lessons learned and best practices of those already seasoned in the startup space and is specifically architected for new business creation.

At the end of the bootcamp, you will have a working pitch and know if startups are right for you. The powerful combination of entrepreneur expert videos, featured speakers, peer interaction, and most importantly the work you do to drive your own concept forward will catalyze the realization of your startup vision.

Apply Now!

Interested? Apply here by January 29th. This is our inaugural class, and space is limited.


About Shea Tate-Di Donna

Shea Tate-Di Donna is the founder and CEO of Zana, acquired by Startups.co. Zana is a global, on-demand video and resource platform delivering skills for startup success from expert entrepreneurs. Previously, Shea was senior vice president and part of the founding team at True Ventures. She built True’s platform of founder services creating initiatives such as True University, TEC: the True Entrepreneur Corps, and Founder Camp. She has worked in the venture capital industry for 12. Her Entrepreneur Basics Bootcamp has been tested first in VC, then at Stanford’s d.school as Design Your Startup, and through Zana with startups globally.



1.29   Applications due

2.8     Bootcamp begins

2.8     Ideation

Monday – Watch videos – View a collection of video shorts

Tuesday – Take action – Do the work

Wednesday – Ask questions – Facilitated Q&A online

Thursday – Meet up – Local peer group meetings

Friday – Ad hoc – Group chats or guest lectures

2.15   Research

Monday – Watch videos – View a collection of video shorts

Tuesday – Take action – Do the work

Wednesday – Ask questions – Facilitated Q&A online

Thursday – Meet up – Local peer group meetings

Friday – Ad hoc – Group chats or guest lectures

2.22   Customer

Monday – Watch videos – View a collection of video shorts

Tuesday – Take action – Do the work

Wednesday – Ask questions – Facilitated Q&A online

Thursday – Meet up – Local peer group meetings

Friday – Ad hoc – Group chats or guest lectures

2.29   Team

Monday – Watch videos – View a collection of video shorts

Tuesday – Take action – Do the work

Wednesday – Ask questions – Facilitated Q&A online

Thursday – Meet up – Local peer group meetings

Friday – Ad hoc – Group chats or guest lectures

3.7     Product

Monday – Watch videos – View a collection of video shorts

Tuesday – Take action – Do the work

Wednesday – Ask questions – Facilitated Q&A online

Thursday – Meet up – Local peer group meetings

Friday – Ad hoc – Group chats or guest lectures

3.14   Design

Monday – Watch videos – View a collection of video shorts

Tuesday – Take action – Do the work

Wednesday – Ask questions – Facilitated Q&A online

Thursday – Meet up – Local peer group meetings

Friday – Ad hoc – Group chats or guest lectures

3.21   Money

Monday – Watch videos – View a collection of video shorts

Tuesday – Take action – Do the work

Wednesday – Ask questions – Facilitated Q&A online

Thursday – Meet up – Local peer group meetings

Friday – Ad hoc – Group chats or guest lectures

3.28   Pitch

Monday – Watch videos – View a collection of video shorts

Tuesday – Take action – Do the work

Wednesday – Ask questions – Facilitated Q&A online

Thursday – Meet up – Local peer group meetings

Friday – Ad hoc – Group chats or guest lectures

3.31   Bootcamp ends

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Girls in Tech Launches In India; Headquartered in Hyderabad

Girls in Tech (GIT) a global non-profit organization focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship launched its India Chapter in Hyderabad.

Founded in 2007, Girls in Tech was born out of the need to provide a platform for women to cultivate ideas, learn new skills, and advance their careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. GIT is headquartered in San Francisco, CA (Silicon Valley).

The vision of Girls in Tech India is to support and raise the visibility of women in STEM, entrepreneurship and innovation. Women and girls who join GIT, and who attend GIT events will find a warm supporting network of like-minded colleagues and friends sharing similar interests.

In his remarks as Chief Guest, Consul General Michael Mullins commented, “Science and technology partnerships that the United States forms with other countries addresses critical issues that concerns the whole world. Cooperation in science and technology can foster a global environment where invention, innovation, and industry can thrive. Science and technology cooperation strengthens our international relationships because these disciplines are based on values that transcend politics, languages, borders, and cultures.”

GIT has hosted and facilitated workshops, seminars, exchange programs and hackathons all over the world to bolster women and girls’ interest in and enthusiasm for STEM, entrepreneurship and innovation. GIT’s newly launched Girls in Tech India has exciting plans for upcoming programs to build a STEM-minded community here in Hyderabad, and more broadly across India.

The Launch of Girls in Tech India

US based global non-profit organisation focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of women in Technology and Entrepreneurship. Girls in Tech is now foraying into India  as “Girls in Tech India”, Headquartered in Hyderabad.

Chief Guests

Concept Note:

It was launched amidst the presence of Chief Guests Mr. Michael Mullins, Consul General, US Consulate General, Hyderabad; Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary to Government, ITE & C, Department, Govt of Telangana; Vanitha Datla, Chairperson CII-Telangana and Ch. Sailaja Kiron, MD of Margadarsi Chit Fund Pvt. Ltd.

Prof. D. N. Reddy, Vice Chairman, Engineering Staff College of India (ESCI) &  Member, University Grants Commission (UGC) and  M. Adithya Reddy, Educator, E-Governance Expert &  Green Energy Promoter, the Board of Advisors of GITI will also graced the launch function.

Welcoming the gathering Sree Divya Vadlapudi P, National Managing Director of Girls in Tech India said “I stand before you all representing Girls in Tech, a global non-profit organization focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship. This  was born out of the need to provide a platform for women to cultivate ideas, learn new skills and advance their careers in STEM fields. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA (Silicon Valley).  Girls in Tech India is launched keeping the ideologies of the organization intact. It is headquartered in Hyderabad, India. Girls in Tech India exists “to support and raise the visibility of women in STEM, entrepreneurship and innovation.” She said.

In India, the number of women as per statistics in STEM and entrepreneurship is less but is on the rise. However, it still needs attention said Sree Divya.

Speaking further she added that what was most important to us was to localize the mission in a very effective and an impactful manner and to provide the best of the resources available at Girls in Tech such as resources and events combined with expertise to help members further their educational and professional aspirations.  The idea is to provide right kind of exposure, mentorship, network, enhance skills and knowledge through a range of national and international resource pool, programs, workshops and opportunities to connect and showcase talent.

From the past seven months, Girls in Tech India has been doing events and providing best of resources available before launching to analyze how to localize the mission in India. All of the events were a huge success with amazing national and international partners Sree Divya informed.

Several things were identified during these months, such as the importance of mentors, industry-institutes, providing an exposure after coming out of colleges, helping returning mothers find a path again in their career, providing women entrepreneurs a platform etc.

Our Vision is to involve and work with: US State Dept, The Government, Tech companies, CEO’s, professionals, professional organizations, mentors, industries etc to work hand in hand with us. We believe that with their involvement, our mission and vision can be accomplished and we can benefit a lot of women, Sree Divya added

We believe education and exposure should be meant for all and all at Girls in Tech we would provide them with is a START through our resources and events. Our presence in India began with me and my Founder, Adriana Gascoigne with this thoughtful and passionate vision. Our focus was clear:  Education and exposure to women in STEM and Entrepreneurship, Sree Divya explained.

There are so many talented women in STEM and entrepreneurship in India; we shall be doing a whole range of events in India. We would like to make a huge impact in the lives of many and bridge the technological divide between India and Silicon Valley.  This will help spread our best of resources and events, educational resources to help boost socio-economic development through technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in India!

The events include: Mentorship Program, Hackathons, Entrepreneurial Coding/Design/Workshops/Bootcamps, Lady Pitch Night, Xchange, Catalyst Conference, Global Classroom, GIT Work etc.

We wanted to have a formal launch only when we did a few events and understood how to localize the mission effectively.

My journey started in March. I slowly started meeting people explaining the concept and how to implement it. The real task lied in its implementation. Not everyone understood the cause and the concept. People who did joined us. Slowly, one by one joined us.  We wanted to form committees that strive for the cause. Each and every one that is now part of Girls in Tech India work tirelessly. My team has been really supportive. We all had sleepless nights to early mornings. We believe this is a cause that will surely have a long way to go, she added.

My personal inspiration in this cause is my grandfather, Sadguru Sivananda Murthy. When I wanted to start this in India, I sat with him and asked him:  How do we take this even to the rural and urban alike? He said, you begin your journey. Your inspiration will be “People”.

Sree Vidya also unveiled the calendar of events of Girls in Tech India for the year  2016. Some of these include:

1. Mentorship for coding aimed at three levels: school /college/professional –  February 2016

2. Partnership with SURGE (Part of websummit :www.surgeconf.com) – 23rd and 24th February 2016

3. Entrepreneurship Workshop  by Shea Tate (Taught at Stanford D school)  –Week of March 14th, 2016

4. Lady Pitch Night – June 2016 :  10-14 serial entrepreneurs & Venture Capitalists, high influencers, & Girls in Tech Board of Directors (includes corporate leaders in Silicon Valley), best of Indian expertise

5. Girls in Tech Hackathon – Around Ladies Pitch Night

6. Catalyst Conference – December 2016/January 2017

7. Girls in Tech International Exchange – 2016/ as per request

GIT global sponsors to name a few include Intel, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Yahoo, WordPress/Automattic, Google, Facebook, Axosoft, Infusionsoft, Battery Ventures, GoDaddy

The people who have been part of the Girls in Tech events all over the world include Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Joanna Shields, served as Digital Adviser to UK Prime Minister, Mike Butcher, TechCrunch, Reshma Sohoni, Seedcamp, Brenda O’Connell, Twitter EMEA & Éliane Fiolet, Ubergizmo Elisa Camahort, COO of Blogher, Donna Novitsky, CEO of BigTent, Sandy Jen, CTO of Meebo, Leila Chiryath Janah, CEO &Founder of Samasource, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, Marissa Mayer, Current CEO &President of Yahoo..  We will bring Girls in Tech expertise together for the benefit of young girls in our country, added Sree Divya.

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Interview with Elena Lucas, Co-Founder of UtilityAPI

Interview with Elena Lucas, Co-Founder of UtilityAPI

Elena is determined to make it easier for consumer and companies alike to get their hands on energy usage data. While many consumers don’t think about energy at this level, having an easy API to garner data has many practical usages, from solar panel installation to operational costs for commercial real estate. www.utilityapi.com | @UtilityAPI

What problem does UtilityAPI solve?

UtilityAPI is a universal API for energy data. We’re getting data out of utilities and into the hands of companies that can use it. There used to be one coal plant in the middle of nowhere. But now every building can have solar on their roof. Consumers have the ability to choose how and when they receive electricity, and where they get it from.

How did you end up in the startup space?

I’m originally from Detroit. I knew I needed to work in the private sector if I wanted to pay off my student loans. Solar and clean energy was appealing, a way to make money and save the world at the same time. And I have a background in solar policy. I moved to the bay area and worked at PC&E and learned more about what’s actually happening in solar. I knew I wanted to be a part of something big that was going to have an impact. We’re enabling new technologies. It’s very hard for companies to get hands on data that they need to do a solar proposal and we make that possible.

How did you meet your co-founder?

I met him at a happy hour. I planned a happy hour a year and a half ago. I was at the door checking people in and I gave him my card. He signed up for my newsletter for Women in Cleantech & Sustainability. I saw there was a hackathon coming up and sent out a note to subscribers, “Who wants to go to hackathon with me?” No one responded except him. We were in the top five for the hackathon. We worked very well together under pressure. He was looking for a business co-founder anyway, and I happened to be unemployed. He asked me to be co-founder and CEO. That same night I got a phone call for a large clean energy company and they asked me to join their team.

Did that make it a hard decision for you?

I can’t imagine not being in charge of my destiny.

What’s been your biggest challenge so far?

Communicating the massive opportunity of completely changing the grid. Everyone is interested in hyper social apps and it’s great for dating. Those things scale quickly. But you can actually use tech for good and for impact. Sharing that story and explaining how we’ll scale based on our expertise from the industry and finding the right resources to scale is hard. There’s not a lot of angel investors that have interest in this space. I’ve had to explain the entire renewable energy sector to angel groups.

Energy is a highly regulated industry. It can be scary to some tech investors. They don’t understand the regulatory environment. They aren’t comfortable pushing boundaries. 

How did you know how to get going in the startup space?

You show up at tech events. You say hi. You just start networking. There are 15 events every night in the bay area about startups. You just start showing up. Who has the best panel discussions? There are so many podcasts. It’s actually hard to find good information online unless you filter out the riff raff.  You just ask around. It’s like the little pieces of breadcrumbs that lead back to the gingerbread house. One foot in front of the other.

You seem very comfortable.

I’ve always had to grow and adapt quickly. I come from metro Detroit. My parents own a food stand. You have to go and make the life you want. No one is going to hand it to you.


Interview with McCall Vollum, Co-Founder of AppTheTable

Interview with McCall Vollum, Co-Founder of AppTheTable

If you haven’t been bitten by the food truck bug, you might be living under a rock. Food trucks aren’t just for burgers and hot dogs on the go—they’ve gone gourmet. And the relatively low-cost investment to launch a food truck business has led to a surge of food trucks, in turn converting average eaters into voracious fans. This leads to long lines and high demand. AppTheTable is seeking to help foodies and trucks alike by streamlining the process. www.appthetable.com | @appthetable

What does AppTheTable do?

We help people to find food trucks near them, browse the menu, place orders and pay all from their smartphone, without having to wait in long lines. Food trucks often have to deal with a bottleneck at the cashier when they could be selling more food to more happy customers. Now with our platform we allow these food trucks to accept more orders, faster. They get more control. 

Food trucks are such a great market, they are super popular with the lunch crowd and festivals where sometimes people can wait in lines for up to hour. It’s a big and growing industry, as starting and operating a brick-and-mortar restaurant has become increasingly expensive, starting a food truck is a great alternative. Food trucks are expected to be $2.7 billion by 2017. It’s a very interesting niche for us to play in.

No one is building tech for them, and food truck owners see our value right away.

Do you have investors?

We are bootstrapped right now, but just got accepted into an awesome accelerator which comes with some capital. We are just starting to raise our first angel round.

What’s your impression of Silicon Valley so far?

I studied engineering at Northwestern and then worked in management consulting for Booz&Co. Both of those fields were extremely male-dominated. I feel that, at this point, I’m somewhat used to the ‘old boys club’ vibe. And I won’t say that it isn’t sometimes intimidating. I’m a first-time CEO, and I’m learning a lot. There so many people that want to give you advice and that’s the beauty of Silicon Valley; people can pay it forward. But you also get a lot of conflicting advice. I think it’s important to try to not let that slow you down. There’s a lot of people competing for same funds. But it’s also a volume thing. You need to just talk to enough people and then find those who are interested. When someone gets what you’re doing and you see their face light up, it’s awesome.

How did you meet your co-founder?

Jutta and I originally met through CoFoundersLab. I posted a profile because I was potentially interested in leaving consulting and working at a startup. She reached out to me, we got lunch and hit it off straight away. Jutta has almost 10 years of experience working in and managing restaurants. At the time we met, it was just her and her ideas from her pain points she experienced in the industry. She is so passionate about helping these small business owners to be more efficient and serve more food to more customers. I started working with her part time while I was still consulting. She brings the domain experience and passion and it’s apparent immediately when you meet her.

What made you post a profile to CoFoundersLab in the first place?

I wanted to take a risk and I felt like I was not learning as much as I could in consulting. Not to mention it was a good time in my life to just go after something that I’ve always wanted. And that’s to be my own boss and build a company that improves people’s lives. I knew it would be the fastest way I could grow personally and professionally. I wanted to push myself.

How has your startup experience impacted your lifestyle?

While it’s tempting to go to these big companies, like Google, that have big paychecks and lots of perks, I felt that I wanted to do something more. I like to challenge myself and starting a startup has definitely been challenging. It’s easily the hardest thing I have ever done, and I love that.

What would be your top advice for other founders who are in the early stages?

I always go back to the Steve Jobs quote: “Life is made up by people no smarter than you.” We all think everyone else has everything figured out – but the secret truth is that no one else knows what they are doing more than you do. I know as much as the first-time founder of the next startup. There’s a lot of pressure, there’s a lot of stories breaking every day in SV and at first I felt a lot of pressure to compare myself to other startups and founders out there. But I think it’s important to remember that if you’re starting a company, that company is yours. Each company’s origin story is different, they’re all difficult, even the ones in the news that make it look easy. And many successful startups started out with founders knowing no more than I do today, but were willing to give it a shot.



Interview with Rubi Sanchez, Co-Founder of Wearless Tech Inc.

Interview with Rubi Sanchez, Co-Founder of Wearless Tech Inc.

Parents, especially first timers, worry about their kids. ‘Nuff said. CocoonCam is a “wearless” camera that allows parents to track heart rate, temperature and respiration. No tiptoeing or clever parenting hacks required. Whew.

www.cocooncam.com | @cocooncam

Tell us about Cocoon Cam.

The Cocoon Cam wellness camera is an all-in-one proprietary camera that detects heart rate, respiration, and skin temperature at a distance, without any sensors attached to the body. We have built a working prototype that was demonstrated live to the President at the White House, are collaborating with UCSD and Stanford to conduct studies, and are currently running a pilot with early customers for the first product, an unwearable wellness camera for babies. The Cocoon Cam wellness camera for babies is a wireless video camera and phone application duo designed for parents looking for a simple and secure way to monitor their newborns. 

Our software upgradeable device is a platform that will be updated with value-adding software fit for several adjacent markets, including the rapidly growing surveillance ($29B) and home wellness ($43.4B) markets.

What problem are you trying to solve?

Parents can’t tell that their baby is okay when the baby is sleeping, and they don’t want to put unvetted electronics on their babies. They want a way to noninvasively track the baby’s temperature.

How did you end up in this space?

My co-founder Siva, an ex Tesla and Garmin Hardware engineer had the idea when his daughter was born. He couldn’t tell from the video that she was okay when she was sleeping and he didn’t want to attach an electronic to his baby, so he sought out a way to detect heart rate noninvasively. We met at a hackathon. Coming from a healthcare background, I was excited about the possible healthcare applications. However, I wanted to learn more about the baby monitor case, so I interviewed more than 50 parents that weekend and not only was it a huge issue, but I learned that new parents also wanted to noninvasively detect respiration and track skin temperature for their peace of mind. So we sought out and found our co-founder Pavan, an amazing ex Apple and security computer vision engineer, to build the computer vision algorithms. The rest is history.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome so far?

The biggest challenge we’ve overcome is focus. With so many possible applications it is easy to get carried away and yearn to achieve immediate world reach to make it a better place, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. We are now laser focused while keeping the overall picture, the platform, in mind.

What is your advice to other female founders in the early stages? 

If you haven’t built a strong relevant network of support in your area, do that immediately. Embrace and learn from failure and rejection. It will only lead you closer to next win, the next “yes.”

Did you ever think that you’d be at this point in your life, a founder of a startup?

I didn’t know until I attended my first hackathon about a year and a half ago. I’ve always been really comfortable with building something innovative out of ambiguity to solve a real problem so I felt extremely comfortable and happy in that environment. That’s when I realized that I was an intrapreneur in healthcare the whole time, but there was this exciting world out there with less red tape that would help me make an even bigger difference, and that was being an entrepreneur.

What do you find so appealing about “wearless” tech?

Current video monitors allow you to care for the things that you like. Our noninvasive “wearless” technology is meant to allow you to care for the people you love in a very safe, passive, and non-invasive way, without a mat or electronic attachment.