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Let It Go: My Extraordinary Story - From Refugee to Entrepreneur to Philanthropist

Dame Stephanie Shirley



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Penguin Books Ltd
04 April 2019
Autobiography: business & industry; Memoirs; Charities, voluntary services & philanthropy; Information technology industries
Let IT Go is an inspirational memoir from a woman who made a fortune in a man's world and then gave it all away.

In 1962, Stephanie Steve Shirley founded an IT software company when the concept of software barely existed. The company created huge opportunities for women in tech, allowing them to work on projects like the programming of the black box flight recorder from the comfort of their own home. The business thrived and Shirley gradually transferred ownership of the company to those who worked for it, creating 70 millionaires in the process.

Let IT Go explores Shirley's trail blazing career as an entrepreneur but it also charts her incredible personal story - her dramatic arrival in England as an unaccompanied Kindertransport refugee from Germany and the tragic death of her son, Giles, who suffered severely from Autism. Today, Dame Stephanie Shirley is one of Britain's leading philanthropists, devoting most of her time, energy and money to supporting and creating charities in the areas of Autism and STEM. This is an engrossing story of an extraordinary life, filled with lessons in what it means to be human.
By:   Dame Stephanie Shirley
Imprint:   Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   235g
ISBN:   9780241395493
ISBN 10:   0241395496
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   04 April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Dame Stephanie Shirley is a British businesswoman, technology pioneer and philanthropist. She founded a software company called Freelance Programmers, and transferred ownership of the company to her staff, making 70 women millionaires. Shirley has dedicated most of her life and wealth to advancing Autism research and STEM subjects. She co-founded the Oxford Internet Institute and was President of the British Computer Society. She was named by BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK.

Reviews for Let It Go: My Extraordinary Story - From Refugee to Entrepreneur to Philanthropist

Steve Shirley's autobiography is nothing short of inspiring. She is a role model for young women worldwide in her spirit, determinism, humour, and generosity -- Simon Baron-Cohen * Professor at Cambridge University * An inspiring memoir by a great entrepreneur who charted her life to do well while doing good -- Ronald Cohen * Chair of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment * There is an entire business course in this book: about the dangers of profitless growth, the difficulties of succession planning, and the problems of managing clever people. But more important, this engrossing story of an extraordinary life is filled with lessons in what it means to be human -- Michael Skapinker * Financial Times * The word 'inspiring' is greatly overused, but Stephanie Shirley's story is one of those rare cases in which it truly applies. This book is an extraordinary tale of creativity and resilience, and of the power of well-targeted philanthropy to transform the world -- Oliver Burkeman * Guardian *

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