#252: From War-Torn Childhood to Tech Billionaire: Dame Stephanie Shirley’s Unbelievable Journey


Imagine this: It’s 1939, you’re five years old and World War II has just begun. Together with your sister, you’re forced onto a train departing Vienna with thousands of other children, to escape unthinkable horror. You arrive in London as a refugee and orphan, riddled with fear and uncertainty – unsure where life will take you next. This is the start of Dame Stephanie Shirley’s story – one of the world’s greatest tech entrepreneurs who went on to build a 3-billion-dollar empire. Continuing our exclusive series in London for The Spencer Lodge Podcast, Dame Stephanie shares her incredible journey, which led her to become one of the world’s most esteemed technology pioneers. In this episode, we delve into her extraordinary life journey, her entrepreneurial success, her definition of happiness, and much more. This conversation has the power to transform your life and change your perspective on hardship and rejection. Tune in now and get ready to be inspired by one of the most extraordinary women in the world.

Show Notes

04:16 More about Dame Stephanie Shirley

18:08 What sparked her entrepreneurial journey

22:02 Why she chose a computing career

30:22 Dame Stephanie’s definition of happiness

37:48 How autism played a role in her life

42:52 The people that inspire her

44:17 Why salespeople are frowned upon

49:09 How she handled resistance

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