May Pownce Be An Example To You, Young (Not Math Challenged) Lady

Leah Culver, 25, of Pownce is one of Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Web 2.0.”
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Culver started out as an art major at the University of Minnesota, but found her calling in a required programming class. “Before that I didn’t even know what programming was,” she admits. She built Pownce, a file sharing soc net, from scratch using a programming language called Python.
“As a programmer the route to your own company is easy — you build a site and get people excited about it,” says Culver.
Pownce hasn’t needed venture capital — Culver has relied on funds from family and friends.

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I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.