This January, before our New Years Resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more and stop playing Fruit Ninja go out the window, it’s time to get inspired by a true Boobypack #Girlboss. Evelyn Cordner has the four B's- brains, brawn, beauty and a boobypack. With a degree in computer science AND math from MIT, she's an engineer at Strava– an app for athletes that just raised $18.5m in their Series D. Out of 40 engineers at Strava, Evelyn is the only girl, so while she might not see herself as a BAMF lady pioneer in the male dominated tech world, we do. And so do the producers of a new documentary called Code: Debugging the Gender Gap. Check out her cameo here.
Before she ran an ultramarathon (50k!), Evelyn had to wear a heart monitor for a couple weeks. Like a lot of young athletes, Evelyn’s heart is larger than most. An apt condition since Evelyn’s BAMFness is matched only by her kindness. (Seriously– she’s Lara Croft mixed with Mother Teresa and a touch of Snow White– just ask her rescue dog Orion. Find him on Instagram as @official_orion) The device was the size of her phone and had four wires that attached to her shoulder, rib cage and abdomen– an awkward gadget for such an active lady. After experimenting with different hanging methods (attaching it to a necklace, strapping it to her stomach with an ace bandage, sticking it in a sports bra) she found that the Boobypack was “the perfect solution!”
SO, while we can’t take full (read: any) credit for Evelyn’s achievements we can say that our rack pack lent a little comfort to one of the fastest, smartest, toughest Boobypack #girlbosses yet and that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy. :)
1. Tell me about Strava.
Strava is a social network for athletes. We build software for runners and cyclists that allows them to access more data on their training, share their activities with friends, compete with other local athletes on segments, and much more. Check us out at Strava.com!
We have ~85 employees, and ~40 engineers, of which I am the only female. In October we raised our series D funding of $18.5m. Our goal is to make Strava the #1 social network for athletes.
2. What's your job title at Strava? What is your typical day like?
I'm an iOS engineer at Strava. My typical day depends on where we are in a release cycle. Getting started on a new feature means my day involves meetings with product, UX, and design to provide engineering feedback, and to task out the feature into parallelizable chunks. Once designs, interactions, and animations are decided on we get to building the feature, which means I'm spending most of my day coding. Finally, we go back to fix any bugs that might have happened along the way. My typical day often includes testing the product we're building, which means lacing up the sneakers and heading out for a run.
3. What's the biggest difference between your current job and your last job?
Tangibility. I love that I can hold the Strava app in my hand and reflect on all the parts of it that I've built. It was a bit harder to do that as an exotic derivatives trader.
4. What keeps you motivated?
I'm a power user of my own product. I've made so many friends through years of running in CT, Boston, NY, and now San Francisco, and I love that Strava keeps me connected to all those wonderful people. When I go to work every day to make Strava a better app, I'm doing it for them.
5. If you could have dinner with one famous person (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
Do they have to be real? Because it would definitely be Harry Potter. My childhood hero.
6. Who are your role models?
My mother. She is the strongest and kindest person I know.
7. If you had to pick one quote/phrase to live by, what would it be?
"Dirt don't hurt." Because getting dirty means you're outside exploring this amazing country. That's why the American Flag boobypack is my favorite.
8. What are your top three personal/professional highlights or achievements from 2014?
Leading two new Strava features targeted towards runners (Matched Runs, Progress Goals). Getting involved with the women in tech movement through Code Documentary. Finishing my first ultramarathon, setting a new road marathon PR, and finishing 6th at TNF Endurance Challenge Marathon.