Tracy Chou is a software engineer currently contemplating her next adventure. She was most recently at Pinterest on the home feed and recommendations team, previously a tech lead on the ads and web teams, and worked on infrastructure, API, email, and growth as well. Before Pinterest, she worked at Quora, also as an early engineer there.
In addition to her engineering career, Tracy is most well-known for her work pushing for diversity in tech. In 2013, she helped to kick off the wave of tech company diversity data disclosures with a Github repository collecting numbers on women in engineering. Tracy is now a founding member of Project Include and focused on driving solutions in the space. She was named Forbes Tech 30 under 30 in 2014 and has been profiled in Vogue and WIRED for her advocacy.
Tracy is also an advisor to Homebrew VC and on reserve with the U.S. Digital Service.
Tracy graduated from Stanford with an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, where she was a Terman Scholar and Mayfield Fellow and elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi. Tracy has spoken at SXSW, Google I/O, Techcrunch Disrupt, Venture Beat DevBeat, WIRED Business Conference, Bloomberg Tech Conference, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, among other events.
Tech Diversity: How did we get here and where do we go from here?
Tracy describes how we got to where we are in terms of the lack of diversity in tech, why it matters, and ongoing efforts to address the issue.
A story of sexism in Silicon Valley, and some advice for women entering the field
Tracy tells her own story of becoming a software engineer and shares some advice for women who want to enter and succeed in the field