We’re so excited today to introduce you to a women who is a founder, angel investor, writer, and entrepreneur. (!) We spoke with Katherine Hague, co-creator of #SheMadeIt and Women In Tech, to tell us more about what she is doing and how she got there.
Tell us about what you do and your path to get here.
I founded ShopLocket, an ecommerce platform for hardware entrepreneurs. The company was acquired in early 2014 by PCH, a company creating custom product solutions for the world’s best brands. I now act as VP of Community Engagement & Hackathons for PCH.This year my team brought PCH hardware meetups and hackathons to more than 13 countries.
Since selling ShopLocket, my passion for supporting other entrepreneurs has led me to becoming an active angel investor. My investments tend to focus on seed stage companies in the consumer hardware and lifestyle space. I was named one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women and was named one of 5 Women to Watch in Wearable Tech.
In addition to my investments and my work supporting hardware startups at PCH, I am currently writing a book to help other entrepreneurs build companies and raise financing. The book is called “Funded: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Raising Your First Round” and is being released in early 2016.
Can you tell us more about PCH?
PCH designs custom product solutions for startups and Fortune 500 companies. Whether design engineering and development, manufacturing and fulfillment, distribution or retail, PCH takes on the toughest challenges. If it can be imagined, it can be made. At PCH, we make.
Describe Women in Hardware.
As part of my role at PCH, I helped launch Women In Hardware. Through Women in Hardware, PCH shines a spotlight on women founders building the future and connects readers with visionaries in the industry. It is a destination for women who work in hardware to learn, connect and help each other navigate the industry. Through the site we publish content (books, podcasts, blogs, interviews) to inspire women that work in the industry and those starting their own companies. PCH’s hardware startup accelerator, Highway 1, has seen 19 female founders go through the 4 month program, and we want to continue supporting female founders.
Tell us about the #SheMadeIt interviews and podcasts.
#SheMadeIt came about a year and a half after we launched our interview series with hardware entrepreneurs. Among the interviews, we realized we had amassed a collection of more than 30 interviews with female founders and influencers in hardware. We wanted to create a place where we could showcase these women together and highlight their achievements, with the hope that it will inspire the next generation of women in hardware.
Where do you see Women in Hardware in the future?
Women in Hardware will continue to grow into a platform to support the conversation around women in the hardware industry and will be a place for women to learn new insights and forge new connections.
Women around the world will continue to innovate, creating products they actually want to buy and building world class companies. There will be many more Ringlys. Women will continue to be trailblazers in creating technology. We will see more women behind companies like Jibo’s, Hendo Hoverboard and Ouya. Through our site we hope to help inspire and support this next generation of entrepreneurs.
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