Co-founder & CEO, Built In
Maria Katris is the founder of Built In, a leading US platform for tech recruitment. Maria grew up in a Greek-American family who ran their own business, and was surrounded by the entrepreneurial spirit from a young age. After running her own successful nanny-placement agency, she decided to turn her attention to a new vision: helping Chicago become a tech hub. Founded in 2011, today Builtin.com connects 2 million visitors with over 1,800 tech companies, helping potential candidates tap into their local tech communities. Maria talks about the family pharmacy she grew up around, how she became one of the first female entrepreneurs in Chicago to raise 22 million dollars and why work has become an expression of identity for young people.