Myriad Live 2017 with Julie Trell from SheEO talking about Diversity in Technology

Myriad live with Julie Trell from SheEO talking about diversity in technology

Posted by BeachCity on Thursday, March 30, 2017

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Suzzanne: [inaudible 00:00:02]. I'm with Julie Trell. You can see that. I'm really excited because [inaudible 00:00:11] talk about diversity but more than that can you introduce yourself?

Julie Trell: Sure. I am Julie Trell. I'm now the head muru-D in Sydney and moved over here three weeks ago.

Suzzanne: Welcome to Australia.

Julie Trell: Thank you.

Suzzanne: What do you think of the weather?

Julie Trell: I actually really love it. The rain and all the sun, the humidity, I know that's crazy, but I'm really enjoying the weather so far.

Suzzanne: What city were you from originally?

Julie Trell: I was living in San Francisco. I moved out here. I was in San Francisco for 16 years.

Suzzanne: What's the difference? What's are the main differences between San Fran and Australia you think?

Julie Trell: Weather-wise, I can go out without a jacket or have to bring layers, which is really nice. I'm finding the Australians to be absolutely extremely authentic and real and not having to have those topical conversations. They're real great conversations that I've had with them.

Suzzanne: I feel like they don't ... We don't really care about politics here that much.

Julie Trell: Don't go there, yeah.

Suzzanne: Beside that, you're enjoying the weather?

Julie Trell: Enjoying the weather, the people are really the reason that I came here when I was interviewing and I just felt like these people want to do something. It's real, very little ego, very authentic.

Suzzanne: That's great. You're working on SheEO as well.

Julie Trell: Well, that was ... So SheEO , we've been working on in the US, which is a new fun for women, a thousand woman to contribute a $1,000, million dollar fund that then gets loaned out to female entrepreneurs selected by the women that have contributed the money. It's a way for women to engage in their capital, leverage their buying power, and support other female entrepreneurs. I do hope to bring that here once I get my feet settled doing my other work.

Suzzanne: I wanted to ask being that you are focusing on diversity in tech and just based on some of the things that you would notice about Australia, what can Australians grow as an ecosystem learn from San Francisco and from your experience?

Julie Trell: Well, I have to ... I honestly think the Silicon Valley in the US, there's a lot to learn from Australia because they're going to think different and they have to solve things out of necessity and the culture is different, so I don't want to discount that. The Silicon Valley doesn't have to be the end all be all. Maybe in a decade or two, I would love to see Australia be the centre of the tech world.

Suzzanne: High fives. That's a nice attitude and nice way of saying it.

Julie Trell: It has to be really global. It doesn't have to have one centre. That being said, there is a lot to learn. I know that I come down here with a well of knowledge, good, bad, and ugly, that I learned for my 16 years in San Francisco and it's made me who I am and seeing where there are challenges, where there's massive opportunities.

Suzzanne: What are you most excited about in the next couple [inaudible 00:02:43]? How long are you [inaudible 00:02:45]?

Julie Trell: I'm here. I am here. I'm committed. What's next? It's figuring out the whole navigating between, so Telstra is backing it and loving the people there and funding and working with an amazing team of creative new founders, people that are on a team to make it happen, the entrepreneurs and residents. My conversation when I was interviewing I knew that the next job that I had, I had to have ... There had to be diversity, there had to be social impact. That was really important. I'm really looking for companies or organisations, founders, people that are addressing social issues.

Suzzanne: Excellent. I think we should wrap it up there.

Julie Trell: Thank you.

Suzzanne: Give me a high five.

Julie Trell: All right and I will see you in San Francisco.

Suzzanne: Yes, [inaudible 00:03:28]. More than that, I want to emphasise if you want to connect with her, you should connect with her muru-D.

Julie Trell: Muru-D ...

Suzzanne: Yes ...

Julie Trell: .com.

Suzzanne: .com.

Julie Trell: Yeah.

Suzzanne: To learn more about the accelerator by Telstra.

Julie Trell: SheEO is sheeo.world.

Suzzanne: I will drop the links into the post as well. Thank you so much.

Julie Trell: Thank you, Suzanne.

Suzzanne: Bye.

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