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NCWIT Heroes is a series of magazine-style audio interviews highlighting women entrepreneurs in information technology (IT) careers. 

NCWIT Heroes are women innovators from startups, small companies, and non-profits, whose ideas and products are changing the way we think, work, play, and communicate. Listen as these successful, creative, and technical women discuss their lives and their work – how they first get involved with technology, why they chose to be entrepreneurs, and what advice they would give to young people interested in IT or entrepreneurship. The series is sponsored by the NCWIT Entrepreneurial Alliance with support from EMC.

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Entrepreneurial Heroes Interviews

Anousheh Ansari

Interview with Anousheh Ansari

October 12, 2007

On September 18, 2006, Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer.

Marketta Silvera

Interview with Marketta Silvera

September 20, 2007

Marketta Silvera is an accomplished visionary, entrepreneur, and chief executive in the voice technology, Internet and telecommunications industries.

Judy Estrin

Interview with Judy Estrin

September 13, 2007

For Judy Estrin, an interest in science and technology is in the blood: her older sister is an MD; her younger sister is a professor of computer science; and her parents both have PhDs in electrical engineering.

Ping Fu

Interview with Ping Fu

August 24, 2007

With clients that include prosthetic limb manufacturers, NASCAR teams, the Cleveland Clinic, and even the Statue of Liberty, Ping Fu and Geomagic are poised to change the way we process the world -- not to mention the way our shoes fit.

Heidi Roizen

Interview with Heidi Roizen (Heroes)

August 15, 2007

Born and raised in Silicon Valley, Heidi spent the first part of her career founding and growing tech companies. Now she enjoys helping entrepreneurs build companies as a coach instead of a player.

Gillian Caldwell

Interview with Gillian Caldwell

August 9, 2007

Gillian Caldwell is the Executive Director of WITNESS, which uses the power of video to open the eyes of the world to human rights abuses. A film-maker and an attorney, she has always believed in the power of images to change people's minds.

Selina Tobaccowala

Interview with Selina Tobaccowala

July 30, 2007

When Selina Tobaccowala co-founded a little web company called Evite as a junior at Stanford, she was one of just 18 women majoring in computer science.

Elizabeth Charnock

Interview with Elizabeth Charnock

July 24, 2007

Starting with a good idea and a group of four kitchen-table employees, and funded entirely by revenues from clients (without any outside investment), Elizabeth Charnock has guided Cataphora into a profitable company with three consecutive years of at least 100% growth in revenue, customers, and employee head count.

Kim Polese

Interview with Kim Polese

July 17, 2007

Kim Polese has technology -- and innovation -- in her blood. Ever wondered who coined the term "Java"? That was Kim.

Eileen Gittins

Interview with Eileen Gittins

July 10, 2007

Eileen Gittins wanted to create a beautifully designed and produced photo essay book, something that looked like a book you'd buy at the bookstore, but she only needed 40 copies. This turned out to be remarkably painful, expensive, and time-consuming, and she thought that was just wrong. So she founded Blurb.