As a female working at a tech company, this book naturally caught my attention. Many of the employees at ClassPass were excited to read this new release by Samantha Walravens and Heather Cabot. What was even more exciting was seeing ClassPass and our founder, Payal Kadakia, get a couple of mentions! Here’s why you need to read this in-depth look at women in the tech world.
Author: Samantha Walravens and Heather Cabot
GoodReads Rating: 3.73
My Rating: 4
Who Would Love This Book:
Women everywhere but particularly women in tech.
Synopsis in 140 characters or less:
Walravens and Cabot explore the women who are making waves in the tech industry through a variety of interviews and anecdotes.
Why You Should Read It:
Silicon Valley has been predominantly known as a “boy’s club” but the landscape has been changing and women have been squashing the male hacker stereotype. When you think of women in tech you’ll often think of the Sheryl Sandberg’s and Marissa Mayer’s of the world but Walravens and Cabot intentionally steering clear of those stories to focus on the lesser known women in the industry.
The title Geek Girl Rising may lead you to think that this book is mostly about women engineers but it’s actually more of an in depth look at women entrepreneurs and how they are creating companies in the tech space. The stories of these entrepreneurs are truly inspiring and you will walk away from this read feeling excited and read to tackle your career. If you’re like me and are a woman working at a tech company, this should be a mandatory read. If you’re not working at a tech company, I still highly recommend picking up a copy for the inspirational tales of creativity and sisterhood alone!