Interview with Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen

Sarah Allen is CTO of Mightyverse, a mobile startup focused on helping people communicate across languages and cultures. The technology is still being incubated, but parts of it are emerging at mightyverse.com. Currently, Mightyverse is primarily self-funded, so Sarah is paying the bills with independent consulting and training.

Sarah has led small and large teams and confidently turns vision into reality. She leads a small consulting group, Blazing Cloud, and in her spare time works to diversify the Ruby on Rails community with a focus on outreach to women. In keeping with her belief that programming is a life skill, she also regularly volunteers teaching programming to kids. Sarah believes that open source software provides solid technical foundations and compelling business models. She is an expert with Ruby and Rails and is on the OpenLaszlo core team.

In both technical and leadership roles, Sarah has been developing commercial software since 1990 when she co-founded CoSA (the Company of Science & Art), which originated After Effects. She began focusing on Internet software as an engineer on Macromedia's Shockwave team in 1995. She led the development of the Shockwave Multiuser Server, and later the Flash Media Server and Flash video. An industry veteran who has also worked at Adobe, Aldus, Apple, and Laszlo Systems, Sarah was named one of the top 25 women of the web by SF WoW (San Francisco Women of the Web) in 1998.

Interview Subject: Sarah Allen
Release Date: January 14, 2011
Duration: 23:55
Interviewer(s): Lucy Sanders, Larry Nelson, Lee Kennedy

Series: Entrepreneurial Heroes