While tech companies and venture capitalists are starting to actively support rising female stars, often women entrepreneurs are unheralded, and they remain still too rare.
In 1983 Heidi Roizen cofounded software company T/Maker and served as CEO for over a dozen years until its acquisition. After a year as VP of Worldwide Developer Relations at Apple, she became a venture capitalist, and is now the operating partner at DFJ. She serves on the board of directors for DMGT, ICIX, Intematix, ShareThis, and Zoox and lectures at Stanford on entrepreneurship.
Michelle Zatlyn is cofounder and COO of CloudFlare, a web performance and security company selected by the Wall Street Journal as the “Most Innovative Internet Technology Company” for two successive years with a private valuation of more than $1 billion. Zatlyn has been named “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum and “40 Under 40” leaders by the San Francisco Business Times.
In a conversation with the Exponential Center’s Marguerite Gong Hancock, Heidi and Michelle discuss their personal paths to innovation and entrepreneurship.
This guide is intended to introduce provocative questions to enhance and extend what you learn through watching the video. It is suitable for mature high school students and college and adult learners in an educational, professional, or social setting. It may be particularly interesting for people who are curious about innovation, entrepreneurship, and the start-up ecosystem of Silicon Valley. Consider the discussion questions below or download a PDF of the Discussion Guide.
Think about your idea of the typical tech startup founder. What is this person’s sex, age, race, educational background, career field?
Note any of Heidi Roizen’s and Michelle Zatlyn’s personal characteristics, experiences, or opportunities that in your mind mark them as innovators or entrepreneurs. How are they similar or different than your stereotypical tech entrepreneur?