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.
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 *