WomenInTech: Caitlin MacGregor

Caitlin MacGregor

Years in Technology: 8
Current Title: CEO/Co-Founder
Current Organization: Plum.io

1. Why did you join the technology industry?
The tech industry offers a business model full of possibility. There is tremendous potential for growth, low overhead…but most importantly, it’s exciting! It’s a cutting edge industry full of constant change and innovation.

2. Who is the person who has inspired you professionally?

Many people have inspired me along my journey, however my husband/co-founder Neil has been a huge source of support and influence throughout my career. Twice now he has kept me going and inspired me to continue pushing forward when I felt like quitting.

3. If you could give one piece of advice to your 13-year-old self what would it be?
“You are an entrepreneur!” I never would have guessed at 13 that this is where my life would take me.

4. How do you think we can encourage more women in tech?
We need to do a better job of recruiting women from other industries and showing them the world of possibilities in the tech sector. This means better advertising the field, making everyone feel welcome, and actively mentoring individuals. Women out there need to be aware of the breadth of opportunity in tech – in all different types of positions. We need to build a strong network of women between industries – it is through these networks that people often discover new opportunities.

5. What is the best part of your job?

I am my own boss! I get to solve problems and face new challenges on a daily basis. Plus, I love being part of such a cool ecosystem of thought leaders and innovators.