Menlo Park lab offers women path to entrepreneurship

Menlo Park lab offers women path to entrepreneurship

Founders Jaclyn Baumgarten, left, and Ari Horie discuss a project during a… ( Patrick Tehan )

By Heather Somerville 

In an unassuming office building in Menlo Park, there’s a group of startup founders working feverishly to fulfill their entrepreneurial dreams, and not one of them is a Stanford University dropout in his 20s.

You won’t find baby-faced coders hunched over MacBooks, empty ramen soup containers or kegs of beer. Instead, you will find moms and other women, most in their 40s and 50s, with backgrounds in fashion, music and law. Many have never worked in the tech industry or attempted a startup. Despite the odds stacked against them in the youth- and male-dominated Silicon Valley startup world, they are forging ahead.

“I have no fear,” said Jodi Murphy, 57, of San Mateo County, who joined the Women’s Startup Lab in February to build Geek Club Books, a storytelling app about children with autism. “Everything that I have done has led to this. Even though I am older, I literally leap out of bed every day, because this is my time for doing this.”  Continue reading

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