Before founding StateZero Labs with her Co-Founder Tazz Gault, Katie’s career has spanned across a range of accelerators and government initiatives focussing on the cyber security and startups world across the UK, Europe and LatAm.

Katie’s expertise focusses on operations, logistics and business strategy and has used this to challenge the status quo of bridging the communications gap between corporations and startups. Having worked with many early stage tech companies within a number of industries, she’s well equipped at supporting startups through StateZero.

Here we learn of her eureka moment when starting StateZero Labs, what its like running your own business and tips for others starting out, and how she switches off from it all. πŸ’‘πŸ“ˆπŸ§³

Why is it important to be having the conversation about diversity in technology now?

‘We’re dealing with more and more problems in the world we live in and technology is a fantastic platform to be able to provide solutions to those problems. However, if we’re having the same types of people coming up with the same type of solutions do we ever actually deal with the problems truly at hand?’πŸ—£πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

What do you think needs to change on behalf of the investors in order to make the startup space more progressive?

‘I personally feel that investors have a huge responsibility to the people they invest in, even more so than the businesses. In the past we’ve put far too much pressure on founders to hit silly unattainable goals and milestones that has led to founder burnout’ πŸ’°πŸ“ŠπŸ₯΅