The Credentialed Podcast: Gender Transition as a Startup CEO

Think a tech podcast isn’t up your alley? You haven’t heard The Credentialed podcast on XRAY.fm. Hosted by XRAY’s own occasional record-spinner Calamity Kate, a.k.a. Kate Kaye, The Credentialed is not your average tech podcast. The show features talks with fascinating people in technology and innovation who don’t fit the tech exec stereotype. (Translation: no tech bros allowed.)

One of our most riveting episodes so far is a two-parter featuring Allison Clift-Jennings, who visited the XRAY studios recently while in town for a Tape-Op workshop. Clift-Jennings is CEO of a company called Filament which modernizes old-school industrial, municipal and manufacturing equipment. Hey now – hold your horses! You might think that sounds like a snooze-fest, but not only does Clift-Jennings make the discussion super interesting, mentioning sci-fi author Cory Doctorow and explaining how digitized equipment can create efficiencies and help stop machines – and people — from lying, she shares a far more intimate story.

“When I came out as transgender I was in the middle of a fundraising cycle for the company,” said the Reno, Nevada-based entrepreneur. Clift-Jennings worried that going through a gender transition while pitching tech investors “could go really south really fast,” but it turned out her transition had an unexpected – and positive — impact on her business.

Listen to Allison Clift-Jennings share her story on The Credentialed podcast (part one & part two), and check out video of the chat, filmed at the XRAY studios!