And - Founder, Inspiring Fifty
Believe in yourself, you can do it, you can be anything you want to be!
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I do a lot of different things around technology, talent, funding and diversity but the 2 most important things are that I invest in startups and I have a non-profit that aims to increase diversity in technology by making female role models more visible. We have also published a book for young girls to inspire them to look at technology as a career option in a different way.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
The opportunity to work in tech came on my path and I immediately jumped on it. The internet was still fairly new but I saw the exciting opportunities it offered. I always try not to plan too much on the bigger picture. I think when you do that you might miss on other things that come by that are maybe not part of your plan but still incredible opportunities.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
Building a company with 200 people that operates internationally is something I am really proud of. Especially the team we have build there was really great. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur but when I was young I could not have imagined that this would be the result.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
Working in STEM is amazing. It allows you to build something, create new things, connect to people, solve real problems, conquer the world. It really enables you to turn your dreams into a reality. Being part of it makes you part of shaping the future. What I look forward to everyday is doing exactly that with amazing people. In the end it are the people you work with that make the journey worthwhile and decide on the success you will have.
I think it is important to make sure that everybody is part of shaping our future. That is why I fight for more diversity in tech and on the investor side. The way our future looks should be decided by everybody and I strongly believe a diverse tech sector will ensure a more inclusive society.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Dive into it! Think about what you would be doing in the future and see what role STEM plays. It will play a role in almost everything you do. Find role models that inspire you. Believe in yourself, you can do it, you can be anything you want to be!
INSPO / FUN FACT
I have done a photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz!