ELLE's ​Tech Titans: Kate Unsworth

Tech Editor Robyn Exton meets the women ruling Silicon Valley

Kate Unsworth is the founder & CEO of London based start-up VINAYA, a research and design studio that creates wearable technology. 

As part of ELLE's Tech Titans series, she shares her tips for how to make it in the digital world.

MY CAREER IN TECH BEGAN WITH A DIGITAL DETOX

Whilst working as a management consultant I was always online and connected to email for more than 16 hours a day. 

I started to notice how much it was affecting me, so I decided to take a two-week digital detox.  

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It was after my detox that I set out to improve my digital habits (reducing the time spent interacting with technology) in order to create space in my life for more meaningful activities. 

However, I quickly realised that I didn't have access to the necessary 'tools', to make this work. I explored the idea further and spotted a gap in the market, and so Vinaya was born.

I CHECK MY EMAILS ONLY ONCE A DAY (AND SOMETIMES NOT AT ALL)

I used to read emails in bed as soon as I woke up and right before I went to sleep. 

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I would go to dinner with friends and still be compulsively checking my inbox. 

I was convinced that being on email all day meant I was doing a good job, when actually it was the opposite. I wouldn't focus on the task at hand and easily got distracted.

Nowadays I check my emails at most once a day (sometimes not at all), reading roughly 10% of the emails that come through and my productivity has skyrocketed.

I BECAME INTERESTED IN TECH BECAUSE I WANTED TO BECOME A DJ

Tech has been in my blood from an early age. 

When I was 15, I wanted to become a DJ and convinced my Dad to teach me how to rewire my own sound systems.

This was my first exposure to electronics and the miracle of technology.

WE MEDITATE DAILY AT WORK

I meditate every day and have embedded this into the company DNA.

Everyday at 4pm we have a group meditation session to recharge and gain perspective.

THE BOOK EVERY WOMAN SHOULD READ

'Eastern Body, Western Mind' by Anodea Judith.

MY MANTRA IS…

'Don't be afraid to tread in unchartered waters'.

MY FAVOURITE EMOJI IS…

The crystal ball! 

I walk the fine line between science and spirituality, the crystal ball captures that perfectly.

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