Laura I.'s Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Code Trip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Palo Alto, CA

LAURA I. GóMEZ

Founder
Atipica

“Stay true and loyal to your potential—not anyone else’s but your own.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Technology

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Courage Determination Family Focus Hard Work Struggle Desire Individualism Perseverance Confidence Doubt Fulfillment Failure Money & Financial Security Societal Pressures Exploration Opportunity Acceptance Success Passion Talent Dedication Self-Reflection

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

adversity, ambition, burden, can't give up, coding, diversity, empowerment, entrepreneurship, first generation, happiness, immigration, insecurities, insecurity, learning experiences, prove yourself, social media, stereotype, technology, try, undocumented

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Her family immigrated to America when she was eight years old and settled in the Silicon Valley area.
  • She was an undocumented resident until she was 17, when she got her work permit; shortly afterwards, she got an internship with Hewlett Packard.
  • No one at her internship looked like her, and she hated it; it made her want to stray away from tech.
  • However, her mother—who’d come to the U.S. to make a better life for her children—saw that tech would be an incredible opportunity and pushed her daughter to continue.
  • Determined not to let the industry make her into a victim, she decided she’d work in tech, “whether the industry embraced her or not.”
  • Believes she made the right choice going forward with tech; now, years later, diversity is dominating the conversation in the industry.
  • Since then, she’s worked at huge companies like Twitter and YouTube, helping them translate and localize their applications for a global audience.
  • Her latest endeavor, Atipica, helps tech companies find and hire diverse candidates; says she’d rather fail trying to solve the problem of diversity in tech than to never tackle it.

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