Espree Devora—“The girl who gets it done”— is the founder of WeAreLATech and the Producer and Host of Women in Tech. She is a force in the Los Angeles tech scene and is a champion for Women in Tech globally.
She’s also a founding member of the Audio Collective, the hybrid live-audio creator community. She hosts multiple podcasts and is one of the first Clubhouse icon faces.
Espree has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Harper’s Bazaar, Inc, and more. She knows the power of audio after producing and publishing over 1,000 podcast episodes and speaking at everything from SXSW to USC, and Red Bull to CBS.
Espree cares about heart and integrity, not job titles. Listen in for some great takeaways about how Espree has made a huge impact in the tech world using social media and podcasting to extend her reach.
You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…
- Learn more about Espree Devora [2:52]
- How Espree got the nickname “The girl who gets it done” [8:03]
- What inspired Espree to create WeAreLATech [11:05]
- A discussion about WeAreLATech’s core values [12:42]
- What podcasts need to know about choosing a recording platform [17:17]
- Significant challenges and opportunities for the tech ecosystem [20:55]
- Espree’s advice for someone looking to expand their network [23:43]
- What Espree learned from Action and Extreme Sports Media [29:12]
- What Espree did today that put her in the right mindset for success? [32:47]
Learn more about Espree Devora and WeAreLATech
Espree daydreamed about the businesses that she would create when she was a little girl. She was working at a yacht brokerage firm as a receptionist when she met someone running a scuba diving business. He wanted to move on, so she bought out his inventory. Overnight, she owned a scuba-diving commerce store.
Soon after, she pivoted into the world of action sports (skateboarding, motocross, etc.) and created an action sports social network. When the need arose to redefine the company, she transformed it into a media company.
But Espree knew nothing about media. But she took a leap of faith and found her first videographers on Craigslist. She leveraged her background in journalism and created an action sports media network.
All of her life experiences inspired her to create WeAreLATech, which just hit its 11th anniversary. WeAreLATech is a place for everyone working in tech to connect, collaborate, and feel supported.
What inspired Espree to create Women in Tech
Espree didn’t have a large network early in her career. There wasn’t a hub for tech scenes. She had to fly to San Francisco to meet people in technology. And when she discovered women’s groups in LA, a lot of the conversations centered around the limitations and challenges that they experienced.
At that point, Espree had already raised money and built a company. She wasn’t aware that she “Wasn’t supposed to” be able to achieve what she had. She wanted to create content around what is possible and the opportunities that do exist. The point of her podcast is to show examples of possibility. It’s also why the mission is “If she can do it, so can I.”
Espree’s advice for someone looking to expand their network
Contemplate this question: What do you want to be known for?
What are people saying about you in a closed room when you’re not there? How are you making people feel? Focus on how you want to show up. And everything you do should tie back to your core values. Everything Espree does is based on her core values and the core values that she’s created for WeAreLATech.
How does a young person just starting out navigate and build their network? Start by knowing the type of people you want to surround yourself with. Why not designate core values for the types of friendships you desire?
Write down your core values and what’s important to you. Are you cultivating relationships that match what’s important to you? Or do you need to modify your life?
It’s important to Espree to love without boundaries and feel valued while doing so in both personal and business relationships. So that’s what she seeks out.
Secondly, you will receive opinions from many people from their own perspectives. But their life isn’t your life. You have your own path. Take in what resonates with you and let go of what doesn’t. Trust your intuition and let it be your GPS.
What do aspiring podcasters need to know about choosing a recording platform? What significant challenges and opportunities does Espree see for the tech ecosystem? Listen to the whole episode to hear an inspirational and educational conversation.
Resources & People Mentioned
- WeAreLATech Culture Code
- The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
Connect with Espree Devora
A prolific podcaster since 2013, Espree Devora aka “the girl who gets it done” is a force in the Los Angeles tech scene, founder of WeAreLATech and championing Women in Tech globally, she’s also a founding member of the Audio Collective the hybrid live-audio creator community. Host of multiple podcasts and one of the first Clubhouse icon faces, Espree has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Harper’s Bazaar, Inc and more. She knows the power of audio after producing and publishing over 1000 podcast episodes and speaking at everything from SXSW to USC, Red Bull to CBS. She calls podcasting ‘painting audio’. Espree cares about heart and integrity, not job titles.
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