This year at DLD Women, we had the honour of moderating a discussion between two of Silicon Valley’s leading females: Twitter’s Editorial Director Karen Wickre and Facebook’s Angela Zäh, who has been responsible for the platform’s entrance into the German, Russian and Korean markets for the past three years. One of the longest standing females in the tech hub, Karen’s background before Twitter includes nine company-formative years at Google, where she developed the company’s corporate content strategy and built up its iconic blog and Twitter platform into global channels.
“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
To open the discussion, I used a Facebook truism, asking each what fears they’d overcome to get to their current responsibilities. While Zäh answered by detailing her experience as a native German (with a Diploma in Kulturwirtschaft from Passau University as well as an MBA from Stanford) moving to San Francisco, Wickre responded by explaining her entrance into the tech world from a non-tech humanities background.
The discussion as well as both opening speeches include a lot of engaging material, from what it’s like to be a German in Silicon Valley, what kind of person is especially good at internationalisation and the US market versus the international…