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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

Bambi Francisco

Interview with Bambi Francisco

October 26, 2007

As a journalist, Bambi Francisco has always loved being at the intersection of innovation, information, technology, and media.

Jeanette Symons

Interview with Jeanette Symons

October 19, 2007

NOTE: We are deeply saddened by Jeanette's tragic death in a small plane crash on Friday, February 1, 2008. She was a true technology pioneer and we hope her life will continue to inspire others. For Jeanette Symons, motherhood proved to be good for business. Her kids helped her come up with the idea for her award-winning social networking site, imbee.com.

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.

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