Lean into Empathy, My Journey into the Tech Industry

June 6, 2018

I feel very passionately about women in business. Female entrepreneurs. Women helping women.

I have been an entrepreneur for more than 15 years. Along the way, I learned that to be successful you have to have faith in yourself and unwavering belief that this will not fail.

You also have to surround yourself with women who are walking the same march. Together, we are stronger. When we support each other, we are unstoppable.

I am very grateful for the women leaders, entrepreneurs, moms and friends who have supported this entire process. I’ve turned to them for guidance, partnership and advice.

Pursuing a start-up isn’t a new venture for me, but being a woman in tech is. I never imagined myself in this position, but it’s the unpredictable nature of life that led me here in the first place.

I am used to running my own show and when I got sick I felt very out of control because I couldn’t trust my body anymore. In the first year after my diagnosis, I became senseless from all the appointments and medication I had to manage. The idea of losing cognitive ability and not being able to manage myself terrified me. Especially after I had been doing it on my own for so long.

I went searching for an app that could act as a project manager for my healthcare. A virtual assistant. What I discovered was that every type of app exists from, mood and exercise to diet and activity tracking. What was missing is one app for everything.

Anyone dealing with a diagnosis or chronic illness knows you need one app for everything.

This is how my life and the tech industry collided. My first realization was that I needed an assistant and there wasn’t one, so I decided I would build one myself.

My second thought was that I couldn’t do alone and I know some women who would be willing to share their experience and valuable insight with me.

The more hits you take, the more life experience you gain and the more empathy you have for people.

My life experiences helped me form Chronically Simple.

Kristy Dickinson

Founder of Chronically Simple