Photographer: Gina Tamer Saad ©
Make-up artist: Olena Tvorcha
I didn’t grow up wanting to become a tech founder, because whenever I thought about tech founders, I thought about Elon Musk, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. I didn’t think it was something for me because I didn’t recognize myself in them. By joining this campaign I hope we can show young ladies that this is something for them too, because the world needs more women to actively pursue a career in tech entrepreneurship and leadership.
Co-Founder & Head of Product at Breeze
” I’m the Co-Founder of Breeze, the fastest-growing dating app in The Netherlands. While I was studying in Delft to become an industrial design engineer, I grouped up with 6 friends. Together we wanted to tackle problems, one of them being the broken dating industry. We saw so many people wasting time and energy swiping and chatting on these dating apps without actually meeting each other face-to-face. That’s why we designed Breeze to be the datingapp for actual offline dates. If you match on Breeze, you cannot chat, you directly fill out a datepicker instead. We then organize the first date for you at our safe and partnered restaurants and bars.”
Why do you think is important that Role Models need to be visible?
“Tech companies are shaping our future, and if we want this future to be a more sustainable/ethical/social/inclusive future, we need more diversity in founding teams. Currently +-90% of venture capital still goes to all male founded teams. In order to break that cycle we need to actively show young ladies that this could be a career path for them too.”