The technology world is historically known for being a male dominated field. But things are changing as more women are being encouraged to pursue a career in computer science. Tech areas such as coding, software development, and app development are soaring through the roof. Needless to say, it feels like every day we wake up to a new car sharing service and/or service app.
As the technology world is always changing, so are the people behind these magnificent ideas. Women are slowly growing in the tech industry. Behind every successful startup and tech giant, there’s a team of women managing the product development, business strategy, sales, and finance department. Each Wednesday, I will be introducing a woman in the technology world that is breaking down the gender barrier and leading the way to equality in the technology world.
This week’s woman in tech is April Underwood. She knows no gender barriers in the technology world. At just 36 years of age, she has held very high positions in well-known companies. She currently holds the position of Product Manager at Slack and is also a founding member of #Angels Investing Group.
Before Slack, she worked at Twitter, Apple, Google and Climate Corp. She is an alumni of University of Texas Business Management and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley. She knows how to write code and has written code. But her true passion is building and leading product teams.
At Twitter, Underwood was known for getting things done. She led the company to a whopping 2 million users since it went public.
Slack CEO, Stewart Butterfield, admires April’s knowledge in both business development and engineering he believes that she has already made a huge impact at Slack.
“April’s leadership and ability to recruit will be very important as the company grows.”- Butterfield
There is no doubt that April will accomplish much more in the tech world. She is a powerhouse and a leader with admirable traits. Whoever said that woman won’t succeed in the tech field needs to meet April Underwood. She is paving the way for more women to hold high positions in big tech companies.