The Social Network Show welcomes Co-host Naibe Reynoso and her guest Laura Gomez to the December 29, 2014 episode.
Co-founder of Vyv and a tech expert, Laura Gomez shares with us what it is like to be a Latina in the high tech field and the difficulty she and her business partner face in getting venture capital for their start up. If you want to hear about an interesting business, listen to Laura talk about what Vyv does and check out their website.
Laura Gomez, Co-founder of Vyv has worked for some of the most powerful companies in high tech including Twitter and Google. As a 17-year-old, she got an internship with Hewlett-Packard. She enrolled in computer science at the University of California-Berkeley, supported by an engineering firm’s scholarship. Then she opted out of technology. She walked into an intro computer science class and felt overwhelmed as one of the few women in a class of hundreds. The experience echoed one at HP, where the only other woman in the department was an administrative assistant. She wanted to change the world so she switched tracks, pursuing languages and developmental economics. She earned her master’s degree in sociology and Latin American studies.
Laura has been featured in hundreds of publications and television programming around the world, including USA Today, Huffington Post, Glamour Magazine and Forbes México, as one of the most Powerful Women in the country. She has also been featured in, El Tiempo Colombia, CNET en español, Cosmopolitan for Latinas, Gizmodo en español, Harper’s Bazaar Spain, GQ México and the book “Found in Translation.”
Laura has been recognized by the Department of State and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for involvement in the TechWomen Program – only female leader at Twitter to participate in 2012. She is also on the board of the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy alongside with former U.S. Secretary of State George P. Schultz and Lt Governor Gavin Newsom.
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