My name is Jess Erickson. I'm an American expat living in Berlin who is building Geekettes, a global organization offering help to aspiring and current women innovators in technology.
I was born in Minnesota to parents of Norwegian and Korean heritage (I call myself Korwegian). I studied International Relations and wrote for an underground indie music magazine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and after completing my bachelor’s degree I moved to Seoul, South Korea to discover my mother’s old stomping grounds. While in Seoul, I studied the Korean language and global studies at Ewha Womans University and became a champion of North Korean Human Rights through my NGO work.
During that time I traveled throughout East Asia, which triggered a growing curiosity in global media and later led to a period of masters level studies in Media & Communications at the London School of Economics. Inspired by the late BBC DJ John Peel, I formatted and hosted two student radio shows and traveled throughout Europe on my free time.
As I bridged the gap between old and new worlds, I began building friendships with a new generation of young entrepreneurs, artists and students around the globe. After graduation, I moved back to the US and set up shop in Brooklyn, New York. I then worked for major and minor music labels until I decided to take on a new challenge. I moved on to pursue a position at Speaklike, a Manhattan-based tech startup. For me, the startup scene was love at first sight.
I am now based in Berlin for the long haul, and you can find me nerding out to all things tech. As Founder of Geekettes, I'm busy uniting women of tech and have the amazing opportunity of interacting with some of the smartest entrepreneurs, hackers and designers. In my spare time I mentor with three Berlin-based accelerator programs: Microsoft, hub:raum and Startupbootcamp. I have also had the wonderful opportunity of working full-time and part time with the following startups & companies: Deutsche Telekom, General Assembly, 6Wunderkinder, XYO, Factory and Crowdpark.
Personal blog: www.jesserickson.me
Learning Goals: UX Desgin, Adobe Photoshop & Ruby on Rails
Role Models: Zoe Adamovicz, Sheryl Sandberg & My 엄마