>> It's not everyday you see this.
woman ringing the opening the bell to mark the IPO of a tech company, her tech company. She has a Blackline, a Cloud based accounting software provider surging 39% on their first day of trading. Making founder and CEO, Terese Tucker, part of a very exclusive club of female tech entrepreneurs.
She points to her childhood for giving her what it takes to break through one of the toughest of glass ceilings, the one in Silicon Valley.>> I grew up with very little gender profiling. There was never, in my entire upbringing, a, you can't do that because you're a girl message, ever.
And that's an important thing when people are profiling in their own way, is to not put those limitations on kids. Because it lasts their whole lives.>> Tucker earned a computer science degree and started BlackLine back in 2001. She's grown annual revenues to $84 million and taken on 1500 corporate customers, including big names like Coca-Cola, Under Armour, and Costco, to name a few.
All from this Southern California headquarters that looks a lot like those Silicon Valley tech campuses up north, but things are not always the way they appear.>> There was one meeting that I was with my Chief Revenue Officer, and a gentleman walked in, sat down across from us, completely ignored me.
And turned to my 6'3" chief revenue officer who's a white male, okay. And said, so tell me about your company? And he's going
rying to get him to. He just wouldn't. And I finally said, since I founded it, why don't I tell you about it? And he, and I said something about it after the meeting.
And he goes, well you know, he goes you were kind of elderly and matronly and I just assumed that he was the CEO.>> The well received IPO raising an impressive $146 million by the way. Tucker plans to use the proceeds to pay of debt and give her company a higher profile.
As she continues to prove that high-tech success doesn't always have look the same way.