The founder of Girls in Tech offers first-hand accounts of the realities of startup life, with the very best advice from top women entrepreneurs

You know startups are hard, but what is it like to fail, or have a falling out with your co-founder, or to go through hundreds of pitches in an effort get funded? In Tech Boss Lady, Adriana Gascoigne dives into the gritty, raw side of startups. She shares her own story – of defying Silicon Valley’s boy’s club and founding the largest organization for female entrepreneurs in the world – as well as candid true tales from more than 20 leading women in tech. The result: a no-nonsense guide for the entrepreneur, intrapreneur and Tech Boss Lady within each of us.Gascoigne goes behind the scenes of some of Silicon Valley’s hottest brands to discuss topics like failure, funding, growth hacking, and what it’s like to be a first-time CEO. Rising entrepreneurs will find inspiration and actionable advice, and experienced tech employees will appreciate Gascoigne’s refreshingly real take on Silicon Valley: the good, the bad, the ugly, and ultimately-the hopeful.

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Meet The Author: Adriana Gascoigne

Adriana Gascoigne founded Girls in Tech, a global non-profit dedicated to empowering, educating, and mentoring women in the tech industry–in 2007. Today, she’s a go-to expert and voice for change in the industry. She lives in San Francisco, CA. This is her first book.

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"If you are starting or thinking of starting a company you MUST read this book. Gascoigne gives an honest, first-hand view of managing stress, raising money, and coping with failure. Along with wisdom from twenty-two women leaders in tech, you'll be well prepared to conquer the world!"—Charlene Li, NYTimes Bestselling Author and Founder of Altimeter, a Prophet company
"Adriana Gascoigne's very personal stories in her book Tech Boss Lady inspire the reader to be the authentic 'you' as an entrepreneur and leader in a very dominated male tech world. I could not put the book down as I often saw myself in these stories. Thank you Adriana for writing a book that inspires both women and men to be better!"—p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri}span.s1 {font-kerning: none}Monique J. Morrow, President The VETRI Foundation and President, Co Founder, The Humanized Internet
"Somehow Gascoigne manages to deliver a broad range of insights into how to launch and run a business as well as bringing out your inner badass, all in such a down-to-earth, powerful and highly entertaining way. Deeply inspirational and practical."—p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri}span.s1 {font-kerning: none}Danielle Feinberg, Pixar Animation Studios
"This is the story of us-the makers and hackers and dreamers who built Silicon Valley. It's a survival manual for the girls who lead, who challenge authority, who are made to feel 'less than' even while they are changing the world....I so love that Adriana wrote this, I so love her story, and I so love her voice. And, just like back in 2007 when we *needed* Adriana to start Girls in Tech, we also *needed* her to write this book. Because as women who lead, who invent, and who strive, we will only get by with a little help from our girlfriends."—p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri}span.s1 {font-kerning: none}Wendy M. Pfeiffer, CIO Nutanix
"A practical guide to the fast paced start up world from Silicon Valley to New York to 150 chapters across the globe! Adriana has lived the lows and highs of entrepreneurship and shares the little known but important things she learned. .... every aspiring entrepreneur, girl or boy, should read this book!"—p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri}span.s1 {font-kerning: none}Anu Shula, Serial Entrepreneur: Rubric, MyBuys, Tapjoy, RewardsPay,
"There have been countless times that I have looked around a room and realized that I was the only person who looked like me. Tech Boss Lady is a practical guide for anyone who has ever been in the same situation and felt intimidated or unsure of what to do next. The honest guidance is not only actionable but refreshing - I only wish I'd had a book like this when I started my career."—p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri}span.s1 {font-kerning: none}Rathi Murthy, Rathi Murthy, Chief Technology Officer, Gap Inc.
"Gascoigne's first book refreshes with its honesty-and tons of moral support and personal anecdotes."—Booklist
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