GirlGeeks was founded in 1998 by Kristine Hanna and Peter Crosby as a documentary film project about women's past, present and future impact on computing.
Starting with on-camera interviews and an informational website, the name originally included a question mark -- GirlGeeks? -- because the filmmakers wanted to explore the stereotype of the word "geek", meeting women who considered "geekiness" to be an insult and others that considered it a badge of honor. Turns out that Geek was a powerful description and definitely chic, so GirlGeeks dropped the question mark and pioneered the use of rich content, mentored community, and career-enhancement commerce online to gather, train and promote women with technology skills of all kinds into better jobs. Fortune 1000 companies paid for sponsorships as well as recruiting services that GirlGeeks offered.
Funded by Angel Investors and Silicon Valley investors in 1999, GirlGeeks.com served as many as 50,000 unique visitors a month with a staff of 22. Some of the accomplishments along the way:
The company was unable to find a buyer and sought
court protection and dissolution in early 2002. All its unsalable media
content (website, URL, video library) were donated to the 501(c)3 non-profit
Bay Area Video Coalition. BAVC relaunched the site as GirlGeeks.org in
September 2002. In 2004, BAVC stopped maintaining the site, and it was returned to the original co-founders.
Kristine Hanna launched GirlGeeks with the mission of empowering professional IT women by providing access to career advancement tools, including jobs, mentors and IT training.
Kristine is a twice Emmy-nominated producer/writer and has spent over a decade producing in television and feature films. Prior to GirlGeeks, Ms. Hanna worked for six years for George Lucas as a visual effects producer.
Ms. Hanna holds a B.A. from the University of
Southern California's School of Cinema-Television. She was raised in Atherton,
California, and splits her time between Northern California and Central
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Prior to co-founding GirlGeeks, Peter was Site Architect/Product Manager for ChannelA.com/Business, a pioneering Asian-American Web community and commerce site.
Peter honed his start-up management and media production skills as the founding Editor-in-Chief of magazines such as Los Angeles' Character, New York City's bi-lingual Merica, and Tokyo's Time Out. And, as the creator of the multi-media documentary Belly of the Dragon - Across China by Bike, he was Executive Producer, director and writer of its programs for National Geographic TV's Explorer and Monitor Radio's Early Edition
Peter's bachelor’s degree is in economics from Trinity College, with post-graduate studies in journalism (UCLA), in film and Chinese language (Beijing Film Academy), as well as in Japanese language (Kanazawa University).
Former GirlGeeks Staff (Partial list)
In addition, these other GirlGeeks employees and contractors made huge contributions: Ann Wilmott Andersson, Elizabeth Armstrong, Rina Ayuyang, Beth Cataldo, Erika Gentry, Hrappa Gunnarsdattin, Kate Reegan, Sarah Pyle, Suzanne Preston, Danielle Stevens and Beth Whitman.
Former Board of Directors
Former Advisory Board
Selected Articles about GirlGeeks.com
3.30.01 Silicon Valley Business Ink
3.8.01 TecTimes (Argentina)
11.30.00 Spiegel Online (Germany)
11.17.00 BBC News
11.07.00 Wired News
5.23.00 Digital Coast Daily
5.1.00 People Magazine
3.1.00 AV Video Multimedia Producer
2.3.00 Ms. Magazine
5.13.99 Washington Post
11.9.98 San Jose Mercury News
8.25.98 San Francisco Chronicle