Girl Geek Networking Dinner

August 31, 2013 § Leave a comment

Last Night I attended a Girl Geek dinner and networking event. It was absolutely wonderful and inspirational. GirlGeeks.org, encourage women to develop their careers in technology, as well as:

Develop GirlGeeks content for training via classes as well as online and video-based seminars.

Even “after the bubble”, the world is a new place, and technology for communication and community-building are more important than ever. Girl Geeksensure that women and other often-overlooked groups have the freedom, motivation and resources to participate in this new world.

Organised by Morna Simpson founder of FlockEdu.co.uk she introduced the illustrious panel by saying that today the Tech Community in Scotland has developers from a range of backgrounds.  Alongside maths, physics and computing graduates, I know linguists who love natural language programming, fine-artists who are into open-source sculptors who develop physics-engines and weavers who do front-end development.

But the digital sector is made up from many more people than that. There is a place for marketing, sales, designers, and a host of others too.At heart many of these people are motivated and united by the idea of building new things that can change the world for the better.

Don’t forget the heroes of digital technology are all visionaries who saw the potential of digital technology to democratise knowledge, create better economic systems and a fairer society.

Girl Geek Scotland is a place where we hope to bring together all of kinds people for inspiring discussion and productive networking.

We are delighted to bring such an influential group of WOMEN together to share their knowledge with Scotland’s current and future entrepreneurs. Now I told you I would give a more detailed introduction to our guests. But honestly each person has such an extensive CV that it could take all night. So instead I have tried to select some highlights for you.

Heidi Roizen, Venture Partner with Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Director for TiVo, Eventful, TrustID, ShareThis and XTime

She is a Venture Partner with leading global venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson. She is also currently a

corporate director for TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO), DMGT (LSE:DMGT), Eventful, TrustedID, ShareThis and XTime. Her prior board experience includes Great Plains Software, the Pacific Exchange, the Software Publishers Association and the National Venture Capital Association, in addition to numerous academic and non-profit boards. Roizen also currently teaches the class “Spirit of Entrepreneurship” in the engineering department at Stanford University.

Karen White, President and Chief Operating Officer, Addepar

Karen has spent over 25 years in the technology industry as a successful operating executive and investor focused on enterprise and business software. Karen was most recently CEO and Chairman of Syncplicity, where she grew the company to more than 30,000

business customers over 3 years. Previously, Karen led worldwide corporate and business development at SolarWinds, a top network management software company. She joined the team while they were still privately held and the company debuted its successful IPO in May 2009. Before SolarWinds, Karen served as managing director at Pequot Ventures, a private equity firm with $1.8 billion under

management, where she established and led the software investing team in Silicon Valley.

Ann Winblad, co-founder and Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

Ann Winblad is the co-founder and a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. Hummer Winblad Venture Partners (www.humwin.com ) is a leading venture capital firm focused on software investing and manages over $1 billion in cumulative capital. Since Hummer Winblad Venture Partners’ inception in 1989 the firm has launched over 100 new software companies.

Wendy Lea, CEO of Get Satisfaction recognised as a Top 100 Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley

Wendy Lea is the CEO of Get Satisfaction. Wendy currently serves as an angel investor, strategic advisor and board

member for a long list of startup companies. Wendy serves on the board of Silicon Valley Social Venture Capital (SV2.org) and Corporate Visions. She has been recognized as a Top 100 Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley and was awarded the Watermark’s “Woman Who Made Her Mark” award.

Dr. Suzanne Doyle-Morris – Chaired the session and 

is author of both’ Beyond the Boys’ Club: Strategies for Achieving Career Success as a Woman Working in a Male Dominated Field’ and’ Female Breadwinners: How They Make Relationships Work and Why They are the Future of the Modern Workplace’.

She is a Saltire Fellow has recently founded a new tech company, inclusIQ uses gamified e-learning to help managers reduce unconscious bias in the workplace to create smarter and more competitive teams.

At the end of the night there wasn’t one person who didn’t feel a little more energised, a little more determined to succeed with their venture.

Well done Girl Geeks and well done Morna. I am very much looking forward to the next event.

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