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Flatiron Alumni Presents App in White House

Flatiron School / 5 August 2015

Suma Reddy graduated from Flatiron’s iOS 003 cohort about a year ago, and she’s already presenting her app to some of the nation’s top leaders.

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Yesterday President Obama hosted the first-ever White House Demo day, with a focus on entrepreneurship and diverse startup founders. Public and private leaders attended the event, including the co-founder of Pinterest and the President and CEO of the National Venture Capital Association.

Reddy presented the app she co-founded, Waddle, which helps people find the best places to go based on their friends’ ratings and recommendations.

“We’re pre-launch so it was a fantastic opportunity to practice our pitch, show our product, and get responses from people,” said Reddy over the phone.

Since leaving Flatiron School, Reddy has also become the NYC Co-Director of Lesbians Who Tech and remains a Managing Partner at Akula Energy Ventures.

“[Being] there as a woman, as a South Asian, as a lesbian — I think it was really powerful to represent all three of those groups there and that felt pretty special,” she said.

Click here to read more on the event and see the recorded live stream, or check out the Woman Crush Wednesday profile on Suma.

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