It seems that every couple of weeks or so, there is one or another article about the subject of women in tech. These articles can be of various levels of cheerleading or condescension, but rarely do they focus on one simple fact: there are women in tech – young women – who are bringing serious money to their ventures.
An article on CNN Money does just that, profiling Brienne Ghafourifar, who became the youngest college graduate in history to raise $1 million for her business. Ghafourifar graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Economics at the age of 17. Immediately afterward, she and her brother founded Entefy, a cross-device platform meant to aggregate your various type of electronic communication into one usable interface. By last summer, Entefy had brought in $4.1 million in investments and had a private beta that was scheduled to launch by the end of 2014.
Ghafourifar is one of four young, female entrepreneurs that will be profiled in an upcoming documentary entitled, She Started It which aims to shed light on the women who begin companies and the effects startup culture has upon their lives.
According to PitchBook data, women-founded businesses account for only 13% of venture capital deals in the U.S., with female-led tech firms coming in dead last at only 10%. Based on the success Ghafourifar had raising capital shows, the dream of woman-led tech startups are not far-fetched. The culture simply needs to catch up to the possibilities that women entrepreneurs are offering. This is what the film’s directors hope to showcase.
Ghafourifar felt it was her duty to other girls to take time out of her 14-15 hour work days to make the film. “I want to help, mentor, inspire, guide. I’m not even old enough to do all that,” she says. “But if there’s anything I can do to help, I will.”
Read the original article at CNN Money.