Roxanne Varza (Persian: رکسانا ورزا; born 1985) is an Iranian-American company executive. She is known for arranging coding courses for women.
Varza was born in 1985 in Palo Alto, California and Zoroastrianism Family. Her parents emigrated from Iran in 1979 during a revolution. Varza obtained a bachelor's degree in French literature from UCLA. In 2007, she joined Business France, then known as the French International Investment Agency. Later, Varza decided to move to France for further studies. From 2009 to 2011, she pursued a dual degree between Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics, obtaining a master's degree in International Business and a degree in International Economic Policy.
Varza was previously the head of French Microsoft start-up activities, including Bizspark and Microsoft Ventures and currently serves as Director of Station F, a large startup incubator facility in the 13th arrondissement of Paris. Prior to working with Microsoft, she was part of multiple European start-up companies and was the editor for TechCrunch France, which she received a job offer from after writing the blog TechBaguette. Her activities also include advising Silicon Valley corporations about opening in France. She co-founded Girls in Tech Paris, Girls in Tech London, and was the founder of the website Tech.eu. Girls In Tech organizes training courses in computer code writing for women.
In April 2013, Business Insider ranked Roxanne Varza among the 30 most influential women under 30 in the technology sector.
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