Her Domain of Austin
In 1995, I worked at the first Internet directory search engine, EINet’s Galaxy, right here in Austin at UT’s MCC Research Consortium. Galaxy was launched before Yahoo!, Lycos, etc. Unfortunately, we never succeeding in making it become what we envisioned. It’s intellectual property was eventually purchased by another company and Galaxy is still online, although in a not-so-great format. Also in 1995, a networking group for women in the blooming Internet industry called Webgrrls was formed. I was one of the early members of the Austin chapter and found the group an excellent way of meeting and talking with other women in the Internet business (not many of us back then). The Austin chapter eventually broke from the Webgrrls because we wanted to remain a not-for-profit group. This led to the formation of Her Domain. While the Her Domain forum is still concerned with Austin women in the technology industry, the focus is also centered around being a virtual place for local women to network about all types of interests. Membership is free and not just for techies, so ladies, please join in the discussion.