Yasmine Mustafa: Tech Girlz

“Everyone should definitely learn about technology. But it’s women and girls that are turned off by it, they are more intimidated by it. ” – Yasmine Mustafa


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In Smart Talk Episode 086 with Yasmine Mustafa you’ll hear about:

  • Her family story and how she got to the US
  • How she motivated herself and started a tech-company
  • Whey is so important for women and girls to be involved in technology
  • How she started Girls Develop It Philadelphia

Girl Develop It

There are so many reasons that I invited our guest today, it’s really hard to know where to start.  She’s a woman who has lived the American Dream –a refugee from the Person Gulf War who eventually builds and sells a thriving technology business. And while she was working her butt off, she found time to also give back to her community in a very unique way, by helping young girls learn technology and engage in entrepreneurial conversations.

It’s funny, I found an old profile of my guest on line and in it she wrote, “Just a girl who wants to leave her mark in the world and make a difference.”  I think she’s done jus that! My guest is Yasmine Mustafa

Yasmine Mustafa headshotYasmine Mustafa was the Founder of 123LinkIt, a blog advertising company that was acquired in 2011. She was a non-techie running a tech company which is why she started Girl Develop It Philly, a national organization dedicated to empowering women of diverse backgrounds to learn how to develop software. Yasmine just came back from a six-month trip around South America and is currently working on her next venture(s).

Girl Develop It is an international organization, certified by the Board of Education, that exists to provide affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction. TechGirlz is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that aims to bridge the gender gap in the STEM fields by introducing adolescent girls to technology.

Yasmine’s Website: Girl Develop It and blog about entrepreneurship, marketing and challenging the status quo. 

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Yasmine’s recommendations

Favorite Quote(s):

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” – Steve Jobs

Favorite app /business resource(s):




Book pick(s):

Rolf Potts: Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

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