[Episode 150] What makes a great entrepreneur and other words of wisdom from Dame Stephanie Shirley ⋆ TechPixies

[Episode 150] What makes a great entrepreneur and other words of wisdom from Dame Stephanie Shirley

What makes a great entrepreneur? It’s a BIG question for a BIG episode. 🥳🎉🥳

Yep, it’s time to get the bunting out and let off a party popper (or two!) because the TechPixies Sparkle and Thrive Podcast is celebrating its 150th episode with a dream guest. As a woman who blazed a trail for women in tech, she’s one of our heroes, and we’re still squealing with excitement that we got to spend some time with her. 

Dame Stephanie ‘Steve’ Shirley needs no introduction. She’s a tech pioneer who has used her wealth to help those with Autism lead long, happy and healthy lives, and at 88, Dame Stephanie is still thinking about what she can achieve next. She’s so not done yet. 🙌🏽

Here’s why you need to tune in

Focusing on her brilliant memoir Let It Go, this episode delves into the meaning of letting things go and why Dame Stephanie has tried to follow this as a guiding principle in her life. We cover kindness in companies and why women, in particular, are needed in the world of tech. We ask whether you can have it all and how you can overcome the challenges that come your way. 

And as Dame Stephanie is one of our greatest entrepreneurs, you’ll want to tune in at about 17.5 minutes to discover if you identify with any of the entrepreneurial qualities she mentions. 

Ready to be blown away? 

Here’s what to listen out for:

[00:30] Hear a quick overview of Dame Stephanie’s story.

[04:51] Learn the meaning behind Let It Go.

[11:00} Can you balance it all? 

[17:40] What is entrepreneurship? 

[22:10] Why is technology so powerful? 

[25:46] Dame Stephanie shares her happiest memory. 

[28:19] Learn more about Dame Stephanie’s work around Autism.

[32:29] Learn why women need to get into technology. 

[34:50] At 88, there’s still more Dame Stephanie wants to achieve.

[36:23] What will kindness do for the workplace? 

[38:38] How do you overcome challenges?

📚 If you’d love a signed copy of Let It Go, email [email protected]. All proceeds go to Autistica, the charity Dame Stephanie founded to research and campaign for breakthroughs in Autism. 

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Useful links and resources mentioned in this episode:

Let It Go: My Extraordinary Story

Dame Stephanie’s philanthropy 


Adrienne Herbert – Power Hour: How to Focus on Your Goals and Create a Life You Love

Join the Joy Book Club

Connect with Dame Stephanie

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