S3 | The sailing tech star behind Sweden’s #MeToo

December 05, 2017

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Carolin Solskär grew up on a tiny island in west Sweden and spent her teenage years and early twenties touring the world as a chef on sailing boats. But she switched direction, studied computer science and business in Stockholm and quickly became one of the most talked about graduates in the tech industry, after launching two startups while still a student and later being shortlisted for Sweden’s IT Girl of the Year prize in 2016. She currently works as a Programme Manager for Microsoft. As #MeToo spread across the planet in October 2017, she put the wind in the sails of the Swedish chapter of the movement, gathering politicians, artists and celebrities together to rally against sexual violence.

In this episode Carolin answers questions including:

  • What did you learn from your sailing career?
  • How and why did you get into the tech industry?
  • Why did you choose to work for a big company like Microsoft after launching two startups?
  • How have you been treated as a woman in the tech industry?
  • Have you ever told a man his behaviour is inappropriate?
  • Do you think the #MeToo hype will die down or cause a lasting change?

Our favourite quote from Carolin:

“I never thought of innovation in the way that you do in the tech industry and many nowadays see innovation. For me innovation was more about exploring and trying out new things. I think I got a different perspective of life.”

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