Techlandia September 2017 - Page 44

Photo courtesy of Jewel Mari Mlnarik 42 Kathryn Brown, Founder & CEO of ScoutSavvy BOOTSTRAPPING A STARTUP TO BREAK STEREOTYPES People used to underestimate ScoutSavvy founder and CEO Kathryn Brown because of her youth and positive outlook. But don’t feel bad for Brown: As a woman in the male-dominated tech field she’s bucked the stereotypes and launched a startup designed to give everyone a fair shot at meaningful employment in the tech industry. ScoutSavvy is an online hiring tool designed to connect women in tech with opportunities. At first, Brown researched investors and pitched her recruitment software idea in competitions, but the process was slow- moving. Potential angel investors wanted to see a product and revenue before talking to her.