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South Asian woman breaking barriers in tech as CEO of Illumix

Women struggle to break into senior roles in the corporate world, and the tech industry is no different. One woman is trying to create space for other female CEOs while running her own company.

Kirin Sinha is the founder and the CEO of Illumix, a company officially started in 2017 that focused on helping people create augmented reality content without using too much time and resources.

Sinha spoke with the Brown Girl Magazine about her experience as a CEO. She noted that as a South Asian entrepreneur, she needed to learn how to balance work and family life. For her, figuring out what comes at the top of the working list and family to-do list is a good way to balance.

For the technology industry today, Sinha believes it is still 100% male-dominated and that the number of female entrepreneurs is still declining.

“I think that one of the things that always stood out to me was that there are not a lot of women who are starting their own companies, so that’s already an important space to continue to grow,” she told the Brown Girl Magazine.

According to the statistics provided by explodingtopics, the representation of women in senior vice president roles has decreased from 18% to 13%. Among the 3000 largest U.S. companies, only 5.5% of CEOs are women.

“I would love to see more women pursuing companies that are not gender-specific,” Sinha said in her interview with the Brown Girl Magazine. “To my point earlier, the largest and most impactful companies will be technology companies, and that is an opportunity for minorities and women to have a voice and really shape the future in a way that’s huge and far-reaching.

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