As the CEO of Moz, Sarah Bird sets the company strategy and drives execution through alignment, authentic company culture, and transparency. She regularly speaks about entrepreneurship, business models, search marketing, women in tech, and fostering an inspiring company culture. Sarah was named a Geekwire CEO of the Year Finalist three times and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, Puget Sound Business Journal 40 Under 40 and a Top 100 Women in Tech.
I had the opportunity to interview Sarah recently. Here are the highlights of that interview:
Jill Griffin: Where did you grow up? Describe your early childhood and its significance on your life.
Sarah Bird: I grew up in unincorporated county land outside of Tacoma, WA. Having three older brothers meant that I was exposed to a lot of tech that other young women in my generation might have missed. I was raised on the Apple IIe, playing Star Wars, building motorbikes — I didn’t even notice that they were “boy” things.
That theme has held true through today: for better or worse, I find myself comfortable in the male-dominated tech field. For me, it’s just business as usual in an environment I’m used to. I feel lucky to have that privilege given all the social barriers women face both in tech and in leadership.