In the heart of Silicon Valley there’s a start up that has its heart set on changing how the world views autism. And they’re doing it one story at a time…
On January 1, 2014 I resolved to step out of my comfort zone, step away from the computer, and start networking in person so I could meet my autism community face-to-face and to also meet those who could help me grow Geek Club Books. With that intention, I set myself to the task of finding the best opportunities for outreach. Through a chain of introductions, I discovered The Women’s Start Up Lab, a unique incubator that helps female entrepreneurs accelerate their businesses through leadership coaching, business advisors, workshops, and peer-to-peer co-working and support.
I am not a typical Silicon Valley Start Up…I will not be going for venture capital or attending VC pitch events. I am following a not-for-profit business model. I have the 24/7 fortitude, commitment, and passion every start up founder must possess, but I was searching for clarity of vision, a rediscovery of my leadership skills, and the ability to tap into the minds of Silicon Valley’s movers and shakers for advice and support. I found this and more at the Women’s Start Up Lab.
I was quoted in an article that appeared yesterday, June 2, 2014, in the San Jose Mercury News Business Section:
I have no fear, says Jodi Murphy of San Mateo County who joined the Women’s Start Up Lab in February to build Geek Club Books, story apps about children with autism. Everything that I have done has led to this. Even though I am older, I literally leap out of bed every day, because this is my time for doing this.
I grew personally and professionally from being a part of the Winter 2014 cohort. I couldn’t be clearer on Geek Club Books vision…
Geek Club Books, autism storytellers of hope through mobile children’s story apps, autism education and positive autism advocacy. We go beyond the story to entertain and educate with a social mission.
On June 11, my cohort peers and I will be giving our 5 minute ‘pitch’ presentations as our graduation ceremony. I am so excited to be the founder who represents the Autism community, to speak out for our children, and to continue on this journey to profoundly change the way the world views autism…one story at a time.