Geek Girl Rising (Digital Audiobook)
Inside the Sisterhood Shaking Up Tech
Publication Date: May 22, 2017
"I don’t know much about tech, but I do know that these pioneer women are pretty dope. Geek Girl Rising gives a much needed voice to the fearless women paving an important path in the tech world, while forming a lasting sisterhood along the way.” - Kelly Ripa
This program is read by the author, Heather Cabot.
Meet 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 the next generation of women in tech. Geek Girl Rising isn’t about the famous tech trailblazers you already know, like Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer. Instead, veteran journalists Heather Cabot and Samantha Walravens introduce listeners 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.
Listeners will meet Debbie Sterling, inventor of GoldieBlox, the first engineering toy for girls, which topples the notion that only boys can build. They’ll get a peek inside YouTube sensation 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. They will sit down with 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. They will tour the headquarters of The Muse, the hottest career site for millennials and meet its intrepid CEO, Kathryn Minshew, who stared down sexism while raising millions of dollars to fund the company she co-founded. And they will journey around the country to meet a new crop of female investors, including Theresia Gouw and Kathryn Finney, who are infusing women-led tech start-ups with much needed capital.
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, these 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.
About the Author
HEATHER CABOT is an award-winning journalist, adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a Women@Forbes contributor. She is a former ABC News anchor/correspondent and served as the on-air Digital Lifestyle expert for Yahoo! She lives in the New York City area with her husband and 10-year old twins.
SAMANTHA WALRAVENS is editor of the New York Times-acclaimed anthology TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood and a contributor to Women@Forbes, the Huffington Post and Disney Interactive. She is a former technology reporter for PC World magazine and dot-com survivor. Samantha lives in San Francisco, CA with her husband and four children .