What is it that makes some women more successful than others? Despite feminist propaganda (built for nothing more than profiteering), the wage gap between men and women has disappeared in the west (and Australia).
The technology sector/industry is mostly dominated by men because men tend to find it more interesting, but what about the women that find the industry interesting?
Here are four women that entered that industry and excelled:
1. Victoria Ransom
Victoria Ransom, the innocent looking blonde woman, was a co-founder of Wildfire Interactive. Though if you were to Google her name today, the first suggestion you will see is her net worth. Few people know how much this she is worth, but Google paid her and Alain Chuard $350 million to buy Wildfire Interactive with a further $50 million each in retention bonuses. She is now the CEO of the Google owned Wildfire Interactive Company.
She attributes her smartest move as being taking social media seriously before Facebook made it a global phenomenon. After the purchase, Oracle was believed to have offered Google $300 million for the company, and SalesForce.com offered them $700 million for it.
Maybe she was lucky for investing her time in something that others were not interested in, or maybe she had a sufficient vision to see what would and wouldn’t be popular.
“Even if you don’t have the perfect idea to begin with, you can likely adapt.” – Victoria Ransom
2. Cathy Edwards
Cathy Edwards was the co-founder of Chomp and the CTO app search, which is the program used by Apple apps as an app directory. She is one of the reasons why browsing apps is easier. The company was bought by Apple for $50 million. Cathy left Apple in 2014 to retire in her early forties and people ask her why, but why not?
If she put all her money into a savings account, she would earn more from interest payments than she can make in a year at her job at Apple.
Cathy learnt programming in college because it was full of boys. She was one of only two girls in the class. She didn’t find a boyfriend because they were all nerds, but she did find a love of programming. The trick is to find what you love and do it until you have millions in the bank.
“Get ready to fail. If you want to succeed, of course.” – Cathy Edwards
3. Amy Jo Kim
Kim is the co-founder of ShuffleBrain, the company that was once at the forefront of the brain training game craze. She has also contributed to the success of popular games such as the mobile version of The Sims, Bejeweled 2 and Rock Band.
She is now a writer and a speaker, and attributes her success to jumping on a trend and riding it until it has no legs. She does seem to have a talent for getting herself onto projects that are part of a craze or fad.
“If you want to look for good ideas from the history of communities, look at religion because those guys are the champs of repeat business.” – Amy Jo Kim
4. Annie Chang
Annie Chang is the co-founder of LOLapps. It is used to allow other people to create their own apps. At the moment, they have thousands of users and over 300,000 user-built apps. Annie was named one of the Most Influential Women In Technology in 2010 by Fast Company magazine.
She has a slew of qualifications and experience in some of the most highly advanced tech labs in the world (most of which exist in Japan). She doesn’t attribute her success to her love for technology roles because she says it is hard work. Her motto is that if you are good at something, then do it a lot.
“I wish there were more intelligent people, so I could have more partners.” – Annie Chang