In her new book WTF — Women Tech Founders on the Rise — tech investor Nisa Amoils profiles 13 female tech-company founders making a profound impact on their industries.
These entrepreneurs discuss the processes of technological innovation and the role of venture capitalists in spurring new offerings to market.
They also share their experiences in emerging technology fields such as robotics, where only a small fraction of available venture-capital funding goes to women-led startups.
Amoils herself is a venture investor and former securities lawyer; she writes for Forbes and Blockchain Magazine and appears regularly on Fox News, CNBC, MSNBC, and Cheddar. Prior to investing, she worked in business development at companies such as Time Warner and NBC Universal. Women profiled in this book include:
Dawn Song of Oasis Labs
Carrie Shaw of Embodied Labs
Breanna Faye of rLoop
Marcie Terman of Panxora
Fatema Hamdani of Kraus Aerospace
Cristina Dolan of iXledger
Melonee Wise of Fetch Robotics
Elizabeth Rossiello of BitPesa
Olga Egorsheva of Lobster
Leanne Kemp of Everledger
Allison Clift-Jennings of Filament
Tongtong Gong of Amberdata
Rachel Thomas of fast.ai
The book is collects Q&A-style interviews in which these leaders comment on paths to leadership; gender imbalances; inspiring female millennials and other young women to enter STEM fields; and educating VC on investment opportunities for alpha generating financial returns — opportunities they might otherwise miss. Some of the topics are well-tread; others seemed to yield some rather pithy insights. Here’s a passage from the interview with Kemp of Everledger:
Other entries (as this one from Thomas of fast.ai) are straight-shooting explanations of seemingly insurmountable challenges and disadvantages (unrelated to being female) yet overcome in a way that inspires: