Entrepreneurial Heroes

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

NCWIT Entrepreneurial 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.

Entrepreneurial Heroes Interviews

Beth Marcus

Interview with Beth Marcus

January 22, 2010

Beth Marcus has been Founder and CEO of several successful startups, most notably EXOS, Inc., which was venture-backed and sold to Microsoft in 1996. Since then she has been involved in 14 start-ups in a variety of fields as a founder, investor, or advisor.

Caterina Fake

Interview with Caterina Fake

November 16, 2009

The creation of Flickr, says Caterina Fake, was "very much a phoenix from the ashes...a story that ended happily."

Emily Olson

Interview with Emily Olson

June 29, 2009

Like many entrepreneurs, Emily Olson saw a niche, got an idea, and ran with it. Foodzie uses technology to share great food from smaller producers with a larger audience.

Elisa Camahort Page

Interview with Elisa Camahort Page

June 1, 2009

"Women are quite multi-faceted creatures", says Elisa Camahort Page -- women are interested in technology, the economy, parenthood, politics, and much, much more. That's why the BlogHer network comprises 2,500 women writing about a broad range of "verticals", attracting more than 14 million unique visitors per month.

Ellen Siminoff

Interview with Ellen Siminoff

June 1, 2009

Entrepreneurs are "people who would be just dreadful employees", says Ellen Siminoff. For those who go the entrepreneurship route, however, the appeal is in "the idea and the people and the excitement of creating something."

Lisa Rau

Interview with Lisa Rau

April 27, 2009

Lisa Rau wanted to create something rewarding, something of her own, something of value when she created Confluence. As she discusses here, entrepreneurship is scary but incredibly satisfying: "with the risks come the rewards."

Rashmi Sinha

Interview with Rashmi Sinha

April 27, 2009

"It was entirely an accident" that Rashmi Sinha became an entrepreneur, she says. After backing into technology and entrepreneurship, however, she advises that it's important to decide what interests you, and then follow your interests.

Carol Realini

Interview with Carol Realini

April 7, 2009

Carol Realini is an imaginative pioneer whose foresight and business acumen have changed the landscape of technology, and whose global vision is providing hope and a future for people in developing countries.

Mena Trott

Interview with Mena Trott

March 1, 2009

When Mena and Ben Trott started Six Apart in 2001, starting an Internet-based business in a stagnant, post-9/11, post-Internet-bubble economy seemed like a big gamble. But their success can be credited to some fundamental entrepreneurial tenets: Know your business model. Be passionate. Aspire to sustainability. Be open to new ideas.

Anu Shukla

Interview with Anu Shukla

February 7, 2009

Anu Shukla and her co-founder Mitch Liu brainstormed the idea for Offerpal in response to a good cause: helping friends donate to a favorite cause by participating in offers. They built an application to connect clicks with causes, made it vailable to a variety of other applications, and watched as the idea took off.