Sarah Leary, Co-Founder of Nextdoor
"When I started at Microsoft in the 90s, there were lots of women who started with me. However, many of them left the workforce over the years. As a result, there are far fewer senior women in the upper ranks across the industry than there should be. I was fortunate to have some great female leaders early in my career. In fact, Melinda French, now Melinda Gates, hired me at Microsoft when she ran the consumer business unit. I have also worked with many great men who have encouraged and supported my career."
"There’s a lot of conversation about getting more women into tech, especially in more technical and senior positions. As more women continue to flock to technical disciplines, I think we will see an even greater shift. I like to think that our industry is a meritocracy; that if you're good at what you do, and you work hard, opportunities will open up. We just need to offer a little more support along the way. I certainly hope to do my part and show other women a roadmap for being a successful founder and entrepreneur through my work at Nextdoor."
"I've always believed “the harder I work, the luckier I'll be." I think one of the key parts of being a great entrepreneur is being relentless. There are going to be ups and down, but the team that sticks with it will have a much better chance of success. One of the keys to that resiliency and longevity is working on something you truly love and working with people you enjoy. If you can surround yourself with fun people who make the work enjoyable, you will be able to stay the course even when there are bumps in the road. Lastly, I would encourage all aspiring entrepreneurs (especially women) to get into tech. It’s where the best and brightest are and it’s a great time to leave your mark.”
Makers, Photograph via Haute Living