Wendy Pfeiffer is the CIO of Nutanix and on the Board of Girls in Tech. She was born and raised in San Jose and is a 5th generation Californian…I did not even know that was possible. She saw the Valley transform from a place where one could walk through orchards on the way to school to the Silicon Valley of tech innovation we know today.
Wendy’s introduction to tech started with a job she had at the NASA Ames Research Center. She loved math and science and worked on a project called Space Biology Research while she was still in high school, giving her the opportunity to work on large scale UNIX systems. She also worked on what was called ‘Man-Machine Interfaces’ and Computer displays of Traffic Information, which was a heads up display used on the Space Shuttle.
Wendy’s career spans some of the best known companies in Silicon Valley, including Cisco Systems, Yahoo! and GoPro. Her choices were always driven by companies where the product was incredibly meaningful to her and the concepts of digital transformation and innovative uses of data.
We talked about the convergence of consumer tech and enterprise tech and how complexity on the front end has been abstracted from the technology that we all use. We also discussed the flexibility of technology implementations and the necessity to ‘future proof’ tech to the extent possible.
We ended with a conversation about the role of women in the technology space and the work that Girls in Tech does to promote this.