Since the advent of the web back in 1993, Molly E. Holzschlag has been a mover and shaker in the developer and designer world. She's deeply focused on evangelizing and educating when it comes to creating standards to increase the long-term viability of websites.
Ranked among the top 25 most influential women on the web
From her earliest days working in IT in the late 1980s, Molly has held on to a passionate belief in the online world. Ranked among the top 25 most influential women on the web, her techie ardor has made her one of the planet's savviest experts in the areas of HTML, CSS, accessibility and best practices in web design.
Geek yes, boring no, diva well, probably. This energy ball is both popular yet outspoken and certainly colorful. At the end of this photo-shoot in the icy-sleek lounge of a chic Stockholm hotel, she's buzzing. She literally slings herself onto a tiny couch, laughing and talking animatedly. "Gosh that was such fun," she says
Molly is no stranger to the stage. She has a strong singing voice, plays great guitar and once had a successful duo with her band, Courageous Sisters. She's a regular conference speaker, listened to by the likes of Bill Gates. Yet this lady comes across as a zesty-warm, life-inspired human rather than an IT-driven big shot. As she discusses the trailblazing territories she's visited since 1993, the web evangelist, who once wanted to be a school teacher, soon unleashes the love and passion she feels for the industry she's helping evolve.
The web is challenging every structure of human life
"The web is disruptive technology. Everything it touches it changes. In creating a global village, the web is challenging every structure of human life; buying, selling, prices, politics and intellectual property rights. What goes in one country, such as file sharing, is not necessarily legal in another. So whose law rules?"
Molly believes the explosion of social networking as reflected by Facebook and now, especially, Twitter has lowered the bar in the way the web is used with more open data, structured data, apps that filter content effectively, real-time, personalization, and locationbased mobility.
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