Barbara Janczer

Main focus: Innovation in Silicon Valley

Twitter handle: @barbara_janczer

Languages: German, English

City: San Francisco

Country: United States

Topics: female leadership, female start ups, innovation, startup, startup mindset, female founders, entrepeneurship


I was born and raised in Austria as the daughter of business owners and entrepreneurs. I always had this unexplainable talent to get excited about problems, finding innovative solutions and recognizing opportunities in my surroundings. During my time at university, I fell in love with innovation management and all the different applications to start-ups and established companies. This was also the time I started working in the Austrian start-up scene advising and helping new founders. This allowed me to gain deep knowledge and experience in innovation and disruptive technologies. After a brief excursion into the aerospace sector, I decided to book a one-way ticket to San Francisco, the heart of Silicon Valley. I knew that if I wanted to get a foot into the door of high-tech companies, learn from the best and be at the pulse of ingenuity I had to move to the epicenter of innovation. During my Master’s at the University of San Francisco, I also co-founded Curah, an intelligent peer-to-peer marketplace for on-demand self-care and beauty services. I am also the co-founder of Global Women Innovate - GLOWIN a non-profit with the mission to empower and support underserved communities. I am also a Product Manager in the Cloud Platform and machine learning team at Splunk, a big data company in San Francisco.