Inspirefest 2017

Tracy Chou

Entrepreneur, software engineer & diversity advocate

Tracy Chou is an entrepreneur, software engineer and diversity advocate. She is currently exploring and advising a range of new projects across the start-up world, civic tech and engagement, and diversity activism.

From 2011 to 2016, Chou was an engineer and tech lead at Pinterest, with roles in home feed, recommendations, ads, products, web, infrastructure, API, email and growth. Before Pinterest, she worked at Quora as one of its early engineers. During the previous federal administration, she was on reserve with the US Digital Service as a technical consultant.

Alongside her engineering career, Chou is most well-known for her efforts to promote 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. She is now a founding member of Project Include and is focused on driving solutions in the space. She was named in Forbes’ Tech 30 under 30 in 2014, and has been profiled in Vogue, WIRED, The Atlantic and other outlets for her advocacy.

Chou is an adviser to Homebrew VC and enjoys working with start-ups on engineering, product, culture and diversity. She graduated from Stanford with an MS in computer science and a BS in electrical engineering. There, she was a Terman scholar and Mayfield fellow, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi.