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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

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.

Sangita Verma

Interview with Sangita Verma

July 3, 2007

Sangita Verma saw a void in the marketplace: games on TV, piped directly through your cable line.

Donna Auguste

Interview with Donna Auguste

June 26, 2007

Donna Auguste has had an interest in technology and engineering since she was just a girl. She used to take apart household appliances just to see how they worked.

Elaine Wherry

Interview with Elaine Wherry

June 19, 2007

Elaine Wherry is co-founder of meebo.com, which provides free, web-based instant messaging to all of the major network services.

Lucy Sanders

Interview with Lucy Sanders

June 4, 2007

Lucy Sanders is start-up CEO and Co-founder of the National Center for Women & Information Technology. She is a former VP at AT&T Bell Labs, Lucent Bell Labs, and Avaya Labs, and holds six patents.