Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?
Hi, my name is Eileen Kerry, Founder and CEO of Glass Breakers.
Worum geht es in Deinem Job?
I'm the CEO and Founder of Glass Breakers. Glass Breakers is a peer mentorship community for women. We have an enterprise software product that goes into companies and builds internal networks for women's mentorship programs. As the CEO my job is just to get shit done. I am running around doing our legal, fundraising, HR, operations, marketing, handing out stickers to users, doing product testing. I do everything and anything that needs to get done. My job, we work out of Galvanize in San Francisco. I am either meeting with investors or talking to users or doing our Twitter sometimes. My day is really whatever happens from 7:00am until midnight.
Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?
So I'm from Dobbs Ferry, New York. I grew up right next to the city and I was always surrounded by really powerful, awesome women who mentored me. I got my undergraduate degree in creative writing and then went into the corporate world because I really wanted to be a leader at a multinational firm. I started my career at Citigroup in corporate communications, I got my MBA in international marketing. Then I moved to San Francisco to pursue my passion for technology. I got a job in enterprise software at Mark Monitor which was then acquired by Thomson Reuters. And then I met my co founder, Lauren. She's a software engineer. The two of us realized that we both really wanted to start a start up, and that we were a really good team for this. So we quit our jobs in September and I became the CEO of Glass Breakers and Lauren became the CTO of Glass Breakers. Now we've got a startup with about five employees.
Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?
Anyone can be a CEO as long as they're passionate about what they're doing. You could have a background in theater, you could have a background in computer science, you could have never gone to college, but if you know how to hustle and you know how to build and you're passionate about your product and your users, you can absolutely be a startup CEO.
Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?
The best thing about my job is the problem that we're solving and the solution and the women that we are meeting on Glass Breakers and the women that we're helping. And being able to be inspired every single day by the community that we're building is fabulous.
Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?
Being a startup CEO is exhilarating and there's also a lot of anxiety. You are responsible for fundraising, you are responsible for keeping the company alive, you are responsible for all the legal stuff and you need to make sure all of your ducks are in a row. I'd say the difficult part of my job is just staying cool, staying calm, staying focused and not letting all of the stress or pressure get to my every day.
Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!
If I were to run into my 14 year old self, I would give her a high five because I was a total badass. I was a bit of a rebel. I would tell her to stay rebellious and to stay curious and to stay loud. If anything that I would have changed, I was really good at math in high school and when I went into college, I just studying creative writing and English, and I totally dropped math. I picked it up again for my MBA, but I really wish I had studied computer science. I was really into technology, I was really into the internet. I built my first website when I was 15 and I wish I'd stayed learning how to code.