Gal lost in Technology

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I came to the technology world late in life but it has not diluted my passion for it.  I had a thriving coaching business in Dublin, Ireland after getting a business visa for many years through my business plan.  I worked hard to keep the business going along with doing a lot of voluntary work for the International Coach Federation in Ireland.  (I was the founding President of the Ireland ICF chapter.)  I worked 24×7 and when I took a weekend off to visit friends in Paris, I often fell ill.  I met an Irish man who had been involved in Internet Marketing in the early days when it was multimillion dollar business.  We had a couple of brainstorming sessions about online business in particular online matchmaking & internet dating.  It planted a seed in my mind, online business could be the way to go.  As I was a mature woman 24×7 working one to one with people was exhausting and I imagined making money while I slept- mmm!   This was the beginning of my entry into the technology world.  This is my post for Ada Lovelace Day.

That was 5 years ago at the end of this month & I have followed this dream since.  I moved to London and set up a business.  I worked hard during the week days for others to pay to start my own online business.  The learning curve was often steep but I love learning.  I got up at 4am some mornings to work on my own server and came home in the evening to answer emails.  Weekends I worked on the server & business accounts.  I learnt to work with programmers who were often relating-challenged.  I mainly learnt the hard way.

I started writing a blog and using Twitter early 2007 and found a great passion arise through writing and technology.  I remember pitching to an Women’s Angel group.  There was only one woman present and I gathered that she was the token woman.  The man in charge said to come back once the business was making money.  I was confused – I thought that you went to Angels before your business was making money.  When the token woman walked me to the door at the end of the pitch, I asked whether she had many women come with technology business.  She said no – that they mainly saw women in fashion or baby clothes?????

I have never learnt code officially but have garnered a lot of information from the web and from programmers who were willing to educate me.  I still work 24×7 but not at the people coal face, now at the web coal face.  I still dream of the day when I can cut back & have a life again like others & am sure that that day is not too far away.  The foundation of hard work & focus on an online business have changed me in so many great ways. I am grateful to be a part of the technology community

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Pemo Theodore

Pemo is a Media Publisher & Event Producer. She is CoFounder/CEO Silicon Valley TV She is the Executive Producer of FinTech Silicon Valley & organizes Bay Area FinTech meetup: Silicon Valley FinTech meetup & Blockchain Music meetup with almost 3k members. She has produced Silicon Valley Events for Investors & Startups 7 years. She video interviews venture capitalists & angel investors & FinTech experts. She partners with videographers to cover San Francisco Bay area startup conferences & meetups with livestreaming, video & foto packages Silicon Valley TV She is based in Silicon Valley & has been involved in online business for 14 years. She has been in small business for 46 years in Ireland, London, Canada & Australia. She also published a free ebook (the findings of 1 year research from VCs, angels & women founders) “Why are Women Funded Less than Men? a crowdsourced conversation” She was TheNextWomen‘s most prolific contributor of 2011. Silicon Valley TV has been noted as a platform for supporting high growth women led companies in Huffington Post

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