STEMinist Profile: Miranda Nash, Co-founder / CEO –


Miranda Nash

Co-founder / CEO (Pre-launch tech startup)

What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
The foundation for my interest in STEM was laid early, in about third grade. My dad would spend evenings giving me word problems that required increasingly difficult algebra. That was fun! I competed on the high school math team and have always loved strategy board games but had never been into video games or anything more directly related to technology. In high school I had an amazing physics teacher who brought the subject to life, and I thought I would major in Physics at Stanford.

As a requirement, I took my first computer science class and loved the combination of theory and practice (not to mention I got better grades in CS than physics). Then, I got accepted to be a “CS106 Section Leader” – an undergraduate teaching younger undergrads how to program in C. From that point, I was hooked. The fact that computer science could actually be lucrative never entered my thinking until much later.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
Cool has never been a label I adopted easily for myself… The most *gratifying* projects cover a wide range, depending on the career phase. Early on, I was able to get the database development organization at Oracle to change the way we handled versioning and source control to be more useful and efficient. Later, I found a little-known data integration company that cleverly used heterogeneous databases for data transformations, which we acquired and I led into a new business unit at Oracle.

Most recently, I am starting an online curated talent marketplace. Our mission is to use video, data, assessment, and automation to bring qualified non-traditional professionals into the workplace, while helping companies sidestep the escalating talent wars. A disproportionate number of highly qualified women choose not to participate in paid work, and by embracing non-traditional work models, we can change that.

Role models and heroes:
Famous role models include Sheryl Sandberg, Safra Catz, Rachel Maddow, and Mika Brzezinski (all feminists, some STEMinists). Other role models include male and female senior managers I have worked with closely at Oracle, Oxygen Equity, and Jobscience (Thomas Kurian, Barbara Mowry, Chuck Rozwat, Rich Kelley, Vicki Appel). Finally, my two sisters who are both STEMinists and my mom who raised three STEMinists are personal heroes.

Why do you loving working in STEM?
I am a pretty competitive person, and STEM is the playing field that is changing the world and ultimately making it a better place. First, I want to be on the right playing field. Second, I want to win.

Advice for future STEMinists?
Don’t get discouraged from a STEM path because the labels don’t fit. For example, I have always felt excluded by the labels used for great computer science people: “rockstar programmer” and “hacker”. Or, some of you may feel uncomfortable with “feminist” or “STEMinist”. It doesn’t matter. Do something you can do well with passion for a sustained time, and the labels will go away. You will construct your own meaningful career.

Favorite website or app:
Most time spent: LinkedIn
Favorite for personal organization: Trello
Favorite for business: Envato Marketplace
Favorite innovative apps/businesses led by women:,

Twitter: @mirandanash


5 Pieces of Career Advice for Women Tech Entrepreneurs

More than 250 attendees flocked to the inaugural event for keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, and shorter ‘lightning’ talks from prominent women in the innovation and technology sectors.

[ via Mashable ]

20 must-attend tech conferences for female entrepreneurs in 2014

Earlier this month, I asked members of the Young Entrepreneur Council about the top events for founders in 2014. But we thought we’d dive a little deeper and get opinions from our female members. We asked 20 women of YEC the following question: What is one must-attend conference or event you’re looking forward to in 2014, and why?

[ via The Next Web ]

STEMinist Profile: Gina Trapani, Co-founder and CTO of ThinkUp


Gina Trapani

Co-founder and CTO of ThinkUp



What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
As a kid, I was shy and socially awkward, but very curious about figuring new things out. When my Dad brought home my family’s first computer I spent as many hours on it as I could, tinkering, playing games, writing BASIC. Later in life, I didn’t have a definitive moment where I made a conscious decision to pursue a career in STEM. But when I graduated, the dot-com boom was in full force and developer (particular web developer) jobs were everywhere. I was obsessed with the web, and programming was something I loved and was good at, so it just seemed natural to get onto that track.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
ThinkUp ( is a social media insights app I started building a few years ago, which I’m creating a company around right now. It’s the coolest project I’ve ever worked on because I’ve learned so much from dozens of open source volunteers from all over the world who have contributed code, filed issues, debated on the mailing list, and installed the app on their own servers. It started out as a very small-scope idea, and thanks to my cofounder and the community, it has blossomed into a pluggable platform that generates insights for any social media source, from Facebook to Twitter to Foursquare, YouTube, and Instagram. ThinkUp’s open source community has welcomed and mentored young coders and converted them into passionate, knowledge OSS contributors. I love being involved in something that helps people learn and grow through building software.

Role models and heroes:
Even the most heroic people are flawed, so I tend to not admire individuals as much as their work. That said, my role models are usually people who have redefined their jobs or industries, produced great works, endured extreme hardship, or all of the above. A few names that come to mind: Amelia Earhart, Eleanor Roosevelt, Alan Turing, Emily Dickinson, my grandmother.

Why do you loving working in STEM?
The possibilities. At this point in history, it feels like the possibilities of technology are limitless.

Advice for future STEMinists?
Don’t overthink things. Just follow your gut and do it.

Favorite website or app: The web!

Twitter: @ginatrapani


12 Female CTOs You Should Know – And Follow on Twitter

Female CTOs are role models for women looking to pursue a career in engineering, from the young girls in Black Girls Code and Girls Who Code, to the women studying at the accelerated engineering school Hackbright Academy.

[ via Women 2.0 ]

STEMinist Profile: Irish Perez, Co-founder, Lead Online Business Developer


Irish Perez

Co-founder, Lead Online Business Developer




What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
Ever since I can remember, I have loved to design and draw anything from the scratch. I even have my own collection of comic books. My passion of designing and writing is always the main factor why I pursue my career online. Whenever people out of nowhere will encourage me or adore me just because of the blog I am writing or some designs that I have been playing, it pushes me further and let me think “Hey! I can do it also and I am good at it!” That magic feeling of satisfaction.

What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
The coolest project is the startup I co-founded, Nerover. It allows me to use my skills on talking with a large group of people, encouraging, doing sales talk while I can play with the designs of features and interface online. What is more cool is that I don’t only focus on one niche but as a startup I was able to converse with different types of group of people. That teaches me a lot of facts and adaptability techniques.

Role models and heroes:
I found it funny whom I adore: Courage the cowardly dog. Courage is always afraid of everything but in the end he will be the one who will have a solution for any mishaps happening. These always remind me that its okay to be afraid; it’s part of the experience but make sure at the end you have a solution to conquer your fear. ;)

Why do you loving working in STEM?
Why do I love it? Because it is very exciting every day! Every day, it’s a different situation. On a daily basis I get some problems to solve, goals to achieve – it is always different from one another. I mean, compared to an office work where you have to do one work for how many years, working in STEM will not bore you. There’s no dull moment and there’s a lot of things you can learn. It’s like a school every day.

Advice for future STEMinists?
Don’t stop learning and do the things that you love. It may be cliche but it really works. Even when you are working on different things and working the job that you don’t want, there will always be a way to include your craft on it and put your character on it every time.

Favorite website or app:
My favorite website is Udemy, they have a lot of free online courses and inspiring stories that push me as well every day.

Twitter: @irishjoy_s


Dear Marissa Mayer Critics: It’s Time to Rally Around Great Leaders Everywhere

Some have claimed that Mayer’s not an accurate representation of a woman working in technology. Above all, a high-fashion woman like this could certainly not be relatable. But who’s to say what a role model should look like? And when have we ever been happy with a leader’s representative realism? It’s always going to be something, and it’s time to live and let live and celebrate the increasing diversity of those among us who dare to lead and be themselves along the way.

[ via Fast Company ]

Kathryn Parsons, Decoded Founder, On The ‘Dangerous Illusion’ That Keeps Women Out Of Tech

The importance and impact of [Facebook CEO] Sheryl Sandberg and [Yahoo CEO] Marissa Mayer’s stories, visibility, and success can’t be underestimated. Technology is not just for boys. Coding is about thinking logically, problem-solving, collaborating, innovating. In what world are these not female skills?

[ via The Huffington Post ]

Bias Claims Surge Against Tech Industry

“Despite the tremendous success of a few women in tech, the sad truth is that it is an industry plagued by gender stereotyping and bias,” said Kelly Dermody, a partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein. “It may be a relatively new and undeniably innovative sector, but it has remained remarkably traditional in terms of maintaining an old-style gender glass ceiling and in underpaying women.”

[ via Connecticut Law Tribune ]

‘Maker Movement’ enabling more women to launch tech businesses?

Laura deLeon, who works at TechShop on a daily basis with 3D desktop printer specialist Type A Machines, suggested that the Maker Movement also doesn’t necessarily demand an extensive background in programming and engineering. Rather, it could welcome anyone with ideas, ambition, and a willingness to learn.

[ via ZDNet ]