Flickr co-founder Caterina Fake was the keynote speaker at the Allegheny Conference’s Our Next 75 Summit yesterday charging up an audience of more than 1,000 people to embrace diversity, challenge the status quo and to not be afraid to create something new. Caterina Fake co-founded the websites Flickr in 2004 and Hunch in 2011. Fake has been a trustee of multiple nonprofit organizations, and was the chairwoman of Etsy. For her role in creating Flickr, Fake was listed in Time magazine’s Time 100. Fake currently runs Yes VC and spins up the “Should This Exist?” podcast.
Her energy and enthusiasm for breaking down barriers is contagious and comes right out in this interview with the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Jonathan Kersting and Gina Winstead. Fake talks about simple, yet powerful ways to get more women and people of color into Pittsburgh’s growing tech industry. She also details the importance of growing companies that have an ethical component to their business model. These so-called “Zebra” companies are the key to building dynamic economies and communities, according to Fake. Listen for all of the details.