Get To Know Jenny Kim, Crowdfunder Developer

 

jennykimJenny Kim is one of our developers at Crowdfunder.

We interviewed her about being a woman in Tech and her experience working on our team.

Jenny has a background in neuroscience research and education research in the STEM fields at UC Riverside. During her time at UC Riverside, she made a purposeful effort to seek out female mentors who were doing research. She soon became interested in developing and building her own software applications. Jenny’s background as a pre-med student drove her to make a positive impact on people and society, this time through the democratization of code.

Jenny believes that

“Public policy and the democratization of Tech should work in tandem with each other. You can use Tech to provide people access to healthcare, knowledge and resources who otherwise wouldn’t have access.”

That’s what she does in her spare time. 

As for her work at Crowdfunder, this is Jenny’s first job in Tech.

“I did a computer programing bootcamp with General Assembly and was developing and working on my own apps. I was applying to jobs and attending networking events to meet with founders and other developers. I met Steven Mcclurg (President of Crowdfunder) at a startup fair. I talked about my background, what I was doing and what I was developing outside of my job search. He seemed interested and introduced me to Crowdfunder’s CTO, Mark Schwartz. I met with him the next week and became involved in the company soon after.”

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Being a female developer can be challenging. Stack Overflow's research shows that only 5.8% of developers are female, an upsetting statistic. At Crowdfunder, our developers are over 65% female and our entire team is over 50% female. Crowdfunder believes in equal opportunities and encourages its employees to learn and grow in their positions. Jenny said,

 “I think it’s really reflective of the management that we have more female employees than male employees. In Finance and in Tech that’s unheard of. They take on female junior developers who don’t have extensive experience but grow into their roles.”

A study by Comparably shows that women in Tech in Los Angeles (our home base) make 34% less than men. At Crowdfunder, we believe in pay transparency and our management has partnered The Pink Ceiling with to provide support for women's led or focused entrepreneurial businesses. Jenny said

“Crowdfunder is really committed to empowering their employees.”

 “In my career, I’ve always been driven to do meaningful work that I am passionate about."

Crowdfunder fits that criteria for Jenny. The Tech and Finance industries have a lot of work to do when it comes to gender equality. At Crowdfunder, we try to lead by example. We work to hire women for equal pay, and support women led companies. We’re proud to have Jenny on our team. Her creativity, skills and intelligence have helped our company succeed.

 

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