Dame Stephanie Shirley

Why do ambitious women have flat heads?

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Dame Stephanie Shirley is the most successful tech entrepreneur you never heard of. In the 1960s, she founded a pioneering all-woman software company in the UK, which was ultimately valued at $3 billion, making millionaires of 70 of her team members. In this frank and often hilarious talk, she explains why she went by “Steve,” how she upended the expectations of the time, and shares some sure-fire ways to identify ambitious women …

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Dame Stephanie Shirley · Entrepreneur and philanthropist

In 1962, Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley founded Freelance Programmers, a software firm with innovative work practices — and (mainly) women employees.

In 1962, Dame Stephanie "Steve" Shirley founded Freelance Programmers, a software firm with innovative work practices — and (mainly) women employees.