We all know there is a lack of women in the tech world but those who have plunged in are doing an amazing job. Here are 10 women we believe are making their mark in a tech career:
1) Sarah Wood co-founded Unruly Media which is the leading global platform for social video marketing. Sarah ensures they deliver the most awesome social video campaigns.
2) Michelle Zatlyn co-founded CloudFlare which kills spam and improves the speed and performance of your website. Michelle continually tests what works to provide what customers want.
3) Julia Hartz left her job in TV development to co-found Eventbrite, a company that enables event creation, promotion and ticket sales; while also helping people discover events that match their passions.
4) Michelle You co-founded the live gig discovery tool Songkick which tracks the music you listen to, then sends you updates of when your favourite bands are performing in your area.
5) Sheryl Sandberg is COO of Facebook. Her bestseller “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” promotes gender equality in the workplace.
6) Marrisa Mayer started her career as the first female engineer in Google and is now the CEO at Yahoo. Marrisa’s string of acquisitions has almost tripled Yahoo’s stock.
7) Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Samasource. Somasource is a non-profit that aims to tackle poverty by giving digital work to impoverished people around the world.
8) Susan Wojcicki is Senior Vice President of Advertising & Commerce at Google. Susan has continually found new ways to engage Google customers.
9) Rana el Kaliouby is co founder and Chief Science Officer of Affectiva. Rana created technology to recognise people’s emotions towards advertising, brands and media from facial expressions.
10) Joanna Shields is Chairman of Tech City UK and has recently joined the board of the London Stock Exchange.
Danielle is on our General London course. She started Code First: Girls last November and has since created her own blog on Tech City. Read on to find out about her experience with Code First: Girls.
"The first time I heard about Code First: Girls was at a graduation party at Level39 of a previous Code First class. I interviewed people who had taken the class and was inspired by their journeys and what they had created. I also told a friend of mine about Code First: Girls and we both applied. We were both ecstatic that we made it into the program.
Through the program I have learned how to code, but I have also created friendships and forged ideas and had a supportive network of inspirational people. I also feel that I can be a part of the London Tech Scene and participate fully rather then as a superficial outsider. I know the vernacular, and I can interest others in my ideas. I have even bought myself a domain name and created a website and am currently learning as much as I can about the fascinating work of London's Tech Scene. Please visit my website at www.techcityblog.co.uk. Through the Code First: Girls Women in Tech panel I learned about what it is like to be a woman in the Tech Scene and I realised that there are others who are equally excited and who can be role models to people such as myself who aspire to get involved.
Code First: Girls has opened the doors of the whole startup scene for me in London by giving me the courage to take steps that I would never have done had I not taken the course. It has also given me the skills to create a website on the London Tech Scene, a subject about which I am interested. The course has introduced me to people, ideas and organisations that I have never had the opportunity and ability to engage with before. Furthermore, taking part in Code First has allowed me a certain amount of legitimacy to participate in the London Tech Scene. I can get involved and help others and I do not feel that I have to make excuses for myself."
Code First: Girls