Silicon Valley-based Alka Jarvis works, teaches and writes about quality assurance and software testing. She is Cisco Distinguished Quality Engineer and has worked in the networking company for the past 25 years.
I sat down with Jarvis to find out her journey from Nairobi, Kenya to Silicon Valley and how she got started in quality assurance and software testing. We also spoke about the influence of Dr. Edward Deming, famous for underscoring the importance of quality of products in companies. Deming’s 14 points for management is an important contribution that helped improve the quality fo products in many companies, especially in Japan.
Filmmaker Alexandra Dean wrote and directed a new documentary on Hedy Lamarr, who was a Hollywood actress and an inventor. Lamarr was often described as the “most beautiful woman in the world” But, what was little known is that Lamarr was an inventor and her invention paved the way for bluetooth, GPS, wi-fi and other technologies.
In this excerpt from an upcoming interview Dean shares why she made the film on Lamarr, and how she was inspired by her.
Our 9-part series on Women in Science, Technology and Business from Silicon Valley is airing on PBS College Station, TX on Sundays at 11.30 am CST. The first episode aired on Sunday, Aug 9, 2017 and the last episode airs on Sunday, September 3, 2017.
And, starting on Friday, Sept 8th the series will air on Sacramento’s PBS channel KVIE2 at 6.30 am PST. The last episode will air on Friday, Nov 3rd at 6.30 am PST.
Earlier in July, Austin’s PBS station KLRU aired one of the episodes from our Women in Science, Technology and Business series.
A big thank you to these PBS stations for airing our series in Women in Science, Technology and Business sponsored by Zoho Corp.
And, you can catch our weekly TV show in various markets in the US. Here is a list of TV stations that broadcast our show. Or, you can subscribe to our YouTube channel to watch the weekly interviews.
We sat down to speak with Nancy Zayed co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of MagicCube, a Silicon Valley startup. Zayed previously worked for Apple, Palm and Cisco before she decided to co-found her startup. This interview is part of our Women in Science, Tech & Business TV series.
MagicCube makes security easy for mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) applications is how Zayed describes their startup. We talk to her about how they came up with the idea for their startup, the challenges of doing a startup and the toll it takes on your family. Startups are not for the faint of heart says Zayed. In early 2017 MagicCube raised its Series A round of funding. They previously raised a seed round.
Zayed developed an interest in math and science as a young girl and credits her primary school teacher for nurturing her interest.We also find out the role of her parents in nurturing her interests in math and science.
Meet SuzanneFrey, Director, Trust, Security, Privacy, Google Apps at Google. Frey has a liberal arts degree from Wellesley College and ended up working in the technology sector. After working for a few years, Frey decided to get an MBA from MIT and was on her way to becoming an entrepreneur when she got an offer from Google. She joined Google over 10 years ago and is a founding member of Google’s global Women@ leadership organization. Frey is also on the board of Motley Fool.
We sat down to speak with Frey about her journey from her home state of Pennsylvania to Silicon Valley. What was her journey like? How did her father’s hard work influence her? How did she go from a liberal arts background to working in the tech industry? Tune in to find out.
How did she do it? What was her journey like to working in the tech industry? How did she do it?
Shalini Govil-Pai is an engineer and author of two books on computer graphics. She fell in love with computer graphics as a teenager. Unsurprisingly she went on to get her under-graduate and graduate degrees in computer engineering. And with persistence and single-minded focus she got a job at Pixar Animation. As technical director at Pixar she worked on Toy Story and A Big’s Life. In 2005 she joined Google and now works for Google/YouTube.
In this interview we talk to Govil-Pai about how she discovered her love for computer graphics when she worked on a SGI graphics computer in her father’s lab. What was the first piece of code she wrote? What was it like to be the only female undergraduate student in a class of 35 at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay? How did she land her dream job at Pixar Animations? What is her advice to young girls who want to study engineering? Tune in to find out.
Meet Danielle Applestone of Other Machine Company that makes desktop milling machine. Applestone talks about how growing up in Arkansas and discovering her love for math and science and how she decided to study engineering. She went to MIT to study chemical engineering and discovered that what she really wanted to study was material science. She got her PhD in material engineering. She headed to Silicon Valley,which is where she wanted to learn the ropes for starting a company. Tune in to find out how she did it.
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Nicole Lazzarois CEO of XEO Design, a San Francisco Bay area company. She has over 20 years experience designing and developing games for various platforms.
Here are highlights from an upcoming interview from our Women in Science and Tech series where she talks about the joy of wonder and developing games for virtual reality. What advice does Lazzaro have for those who want to develop and design games? Learn to code and read lots of non-fiction work is her advice.
Meet Anarghya Vardhana, a millennial investor, marathoner, math whiz and dancer. We spoke to Vardhana on how she developed her interests in science, technology & sports and how did they turn shape her professional career. For instance, we were curious to find if participating in sports activities helped develop her confidence level. How did sports help hone her skill as a team player?
Vardhana credits her parents for helping develop her interests in science, technology and sports. When we asked her whom she turns for advice her prompt reply was “My father.” She counts her father as her best friend.
Vardhana graduated from Stanford in 2005 and immediately joined Google. After 4 years at Google she left to work at a startup for a brief period. She then worked for a non-profit organization and Rothenberg Ventures of San Francisco that is often referred as a millennial VC firm. At Rothenberg she focussed on Virtual Reality (VR) and women in VR. She recently joined Maveron, a VC firm focussed on consumer-only business.
This interview is part of our Women in Science and Tech series sponsored by Zoho Corp. The interview was broadcast on TV in San Francisco Bay area.