Silicon Valley has been engulfed by stories of sexual harassment and discrimination over the past five years. Yet anyone who knows the US tech sector knows the headlines and lawsuits represent only a small number of cases that have bubbled to the surface of a much bigger pool of discontent about the maleness of the industry. It is this discontent that forms the basis of journalist and author Julian Guthrie’s latest book. Through a series of meticulously detailed portraits, Alpha Girls charts the lives of four impressive female businesspeople and investors who made it, against the odds, in Silicon Valley: Magdalena Yeşil, Mary Jane Elmore, Theresia Gouw and Sonja Hoel. They are not household names, but between them these women helped build businesses including Salesforce and Facebook and made it to partner at elite venture capital firms such as IVP and Accel. By painting a picture of their hopes, challenges, frustrations and victories, Guthrie writes a revisionist history of America...

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