Journalist and Author, Alpha Girls
Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination
Julian Guthrie is a journalist and author based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She spent twenty years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she won numerous awards, including the Best of the West Award and the Society of Professional Journalists' Public Service Award. Her feature writing and enterprise reporting were nominated multiple times for the Pulitzer Prize.
Her new book, Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took On Silicon Valley's Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime, was released April 30, 2019 by Currency, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Alpha Girls is the unforgettable story of four women who came to California to try to make it in a world stacked against them. Through grit and ingenuity, the women became stars in cutthroat, high-stakes, male dominated Silicon Valley and helped build some of the most important companies of our day. They were written out of history — until now.
Alpha Girls is Ms. Guthrie’s fourth nonfiction book. In all her work, she is drawn to underdog stories, and stories that combine great human drama and improbable dreams with technological innovations and breakthroughs. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, loves adventure and travel, loves speaking to groups big and small, is a self-professed word geek, an obsessed storyteller, an avid reader, and a proud mom. She looks at stories as her "little pieces of immortality."