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Date(s) - Friday, August 30, 2013
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm



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Tickets: Dinner & Party £40

Tickets: Party only £5

Girl Geek Scotland is hosting an exciting double event on 30 August 2013 in the Dissection Room at Summerhall which will be a dinner: “Conversations with Silicon Valley”, followed by the “Summer Start-up Party”.  The dinner panel members are some of the most inspirational and high profile female sector leaders of technology and business, who are travelling from the US to speak at the event. Attendees are invited from the local tech and start-up community and this will be an excellent social/networking/learning/marketing event, and an opportunity to build more local and international links.

  • 5.30pm, networking and drinks | 6.00/6.30pm, plated dinner served
  • During dinner our guests will answer questions and be interviewed in a panel style.

The profile of attendees invited will be a mix of entrepreneurial Girl Geek members, start-up founders, investors and high profile members of the Scottish tech community.  It is anticipated that over 100 members of the Scottish technology and start-up scene will be in attendance at what will be a sell-out event.

Morna Simpson said:

“Our Silicon Valley guests have an amazing track record of investing in, supporting  and scaling software businesses. This is an exciting opportunity to learn from the very best, and we are delighted to have the perfect chair in Suzanne Doyle-Morris as well as the support of so many of Scotland’s influential networks coming together for the event.


We can’t thank Heidi and her friends enough for their patronage. It is a flattering testament to the strength of the Girl Geek network and the change we hope to inspire in Scotland. “

Suzanne Doyle-Morris commented:

“There’s never been a better time for Scottish women to build a career in technology, as part of the emerging ‘Silicon Glen’.  Smart women want to be at the fore of these developments. By coming along to the Girl Geek Scotland event, you’ll hear how from the pioneering women of Silicon Valley. Plus, I’m anticipating a good debate as each will have their own perspective – which will be a real treat and hugely reassuring to those of us looking to follow their formidable footsteps!”

Heidi Roizen commented:

“Women are leading the technology revolution in numbers never seen before.  I am so excited to be travelling with a fantastic cohort of women technologists from Silicon Valley to share ideas with the women technology leaders of my ‘second home’ Edinburgh.”


Karen White

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As President and COO, Karen is focused on scaling operations and expanding globally, managing sales, marketing, business development, finance, operations and human resources. Karen has spent over 25 years in the technology industry as a successful operating executive and investor focused on enterprise and business software.
Karen was most recently CEO and Chairman of Syncplicity, where she grew the company to more than 30,000 business customers over 3 years. Previously, Karen led worldwide corporate and business development at SolarWinds, a top network management software company. She joined the team while they were still privately held and the company debuted its successful IPO in May 2009. Before SolarWinds, Karen served as managing director at Pequot Ventures, a private equity firm with $1.8 billion under management, where she established and led the software investing team in Silicon Valley.
Karen was senior vice president at Oracle from 1993-2000, most recently heading worldwide business development. In her seven years at Oracle, she held a variety of executive management positions reporting to CEO Larry Ellison and President Ray Lane, including senior vice president of worldwide marketing.

Wendy Lea

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Wendy Lea is the CEO of Get Satisfaction. Wendy currently serves as an angel investor, strategic advisor and board member for a long list of startup companies. Wendy serves on the board of Silicon Valley Social Venture Capital (SV2.org) and Corporate Visions. She has been recognized as a Top 100 Woman of Influence in Silicon Valley and was awarded the Watermark’s “Woman Who Made Her Mark” award.
Prior to Get Satisfaction Wendy was co-founder of On Target a sales consulting firm acquired by Siebel Systems in 1999. After the acquisition, Wendy served as Vice President of eBusiness Consulting at Siebel Systems.

Ann Winblad

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Ann Winblad is the co-founder and a Managing Director of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.  Hummer Winblad Venture Partners (www.humwin.com ) is a leading venture capital firm focused on software investing and manages over $1 billion in cumulative capital.  Since Hummer Winblad Venture Partners’ inception in 1989 the firm has launched over 100  new software companies.
Ann has over 30 years of experience in the software industry as a successful software entrepreneur, strategy advisor, technical author and venture capitalist. Her background and experience have been chronicled in many national business and trade publications.
Ann has a BA in Mathematics and in Business Administration.  She has an MA in Education with a focus in International Economics from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.  Ann also has an honorary Doctorate of Law degree from the University of St. Thomas.
Ann served and serves as a Director of numerous start-up and public companies. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas, Director and former Chairperson of SVForum and serves as an advisor to many entrepreneurial organizations.

Suzanne Doyle-Morris

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Suzanne Doyle-Morris, PhD is founder and CEO of FemaleBreadwinners.com which specialises in strategic career development and leadership coaching for high-potential executive women.  She is an expert on gender equality, diversity in the workplace and career progression for executive women. Her PhD from the University of Cambridge focused on the career experiences of women working in male-dominated fields.
As a native of Washington DC, she is now based in Pittenweem, Fife and has worked Accenture, Unilever, Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Microsoft, Cisco, UBS, Barclays Wealth, Ernst and Young, Clifford Chance, University of Cambridge, Trinity College Dublin and St. Andrews University.  She is author of both Beyond the Boys’ Club: Strategies for Achieving Career Success as a Woman Working in a Male Dominated Field and Female Breadwinners: How They Make Relationships Work and Why They are the Future of the Modern Workplace.

Heidi Roizen

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Heidi Roizen co-founded software company T/Maker in 1982 and served as its CEO until its acquisition by Deluxe Corporation in 1996.  After a year as VP of Worldwide Developer Relations for Apple, Roizen became a venture capitalist with Mobius Venture Capital, in which capacity she served until 2007.
Today, Roizen is a Venture Partner with leading global venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson.  She is also currently a corporate director for TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO), DMGT (LSE:DMGT), Eventful, TrustedID, ShareThis and XTime.  Her prior board experience includes Great Plains Software, the Pacific Exchange, the Software Publishers Association and the National Venture Capital Association, in addition to numerous academic and non-profit boards.  Roizen also currently teaches the class “Spirit of Entrepreneurship” in the engineering department at Stanford University.  She has undergraduate and MBA degrees from Stanford University. More information on Heidi Roizen can be found at www.HeidiRoizen.com

Supporting organisations

Girl Geek Scotland is delighted to confirm that members from the following organisations/networks have shown their support by pre-buying tickets for the event:


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