Savannah Luthi and Niree Noel started working on Connu, an app that allows users to read fictional short stories by undiscovered and well-known authors, while Luthi was pursing her Master of Arts in Professional Writing at USC Dornsife. The 10-week course in the lab allowed them to develop a prototype of the app and hone their pitching skills.
“It was nice to be in a supportive environment,” Luthi said.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Luthi, Noel and Connu joined Matter, a startup accelerator and early-stage venture capital firm in San Francisco. They are currently working on launching Connu Beta.
Luthi’s advice to women looking to go into technology: “Be tough. Do not let any of the condescension creep in or burly culture distract you or depress you. Find a strong female mentor who has been through it before.”