Meet the author

Interview on Fox TV

Alison van Diggelen: interview with Ross McGowan on Fox TV 

Alison was born in bonny Scotland and  worked in London, Paris and Glasgow before moving to Silicon Valley, California in 1994.

Amid the merry whirl of motherhood, Alison interviews Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and movers and shakers for Silicon Valley Business Journal and other publications. She also writes commentary for National Public Radio and KLIV radio in San Jose.  For several years, Alison wrote a popular parenting column in the San Jose Mercury News and a lifestyle/humor column in Silicon Valley Biz Ink. Her writing has also appeared in The Financial Times of London, United Parenting Publications and The Glasgow Herald.

Alison is founder and editor of, a non-commercial website for women who are looking for thought-provoking content, the odd belly laugh, and trusted resources on ways to live a “greener” life and reach your full potential. She created the site to give mothers a voice on the web and to connect the commonality of their experience. She knows what it is to be intimidated and feel alone as a mother in a new environment. She is particularly sympathetic to those suffering postpartum depression and has provided confidential counseling for sufferers through siliconmom. (If you’re struggling, please don’t hesitate to write, your anonymity will be preserved). has nominated as one of five finalists for its Website of the Year Award., a proudly non-commercial site, continues to grow and flourish without paid ads or annoying pop ups; simply by word of mouth.

Alison has appeared on “Mornings on Two” Breakfast Television, “Silicon Valley Business” (Channel 6), KQED radio and BBC radio. In 2001 The Women’s Fund nominated Alison for a Woman of Achievement Award for establishing

She has a BSc from Paisley University (Scotland), and a Masters in Land Economics from Cambridge University (England). Before becoming a Silicon Mom, Alison worked for an international firm of investment consultants in London and Paris.

Alison now lives in San Jose, California with her long suffering husband and two rambunctious children.




  1. Peggy Gibbs said,

    Hi Alison,
    I enjoyed reading your blog about Teens Plugged In. We were there too, as a sponsor – you may have seen us at our table next to our banner, Camp BizSmart.

    If you have any interest, I would be pleased to tell you about this 2 week entrepreneurial camp and summer business academy which is one of the education ventures that I have co-founded with my husband. Our objective is to provide young students, completing grades 6-9, with a fun and engaged opportunity to practice entrepreneurial skills, and build business and leadership skills while working on real business problems with real CEO’s. The students will have the opportunity to identify the problem, solve the problem and come up with the solution from a teens point of view then create a business plan around it to pitch to investors.

    We have more than 16 great entrepreneurs and advisors working with us – see our website for a list. Our camp will have teens much like those you met at Teens Plugged In, as well as those who would love to be like one of these teens.

    If you would like to learn more you can call or email me.


    Peggy Gibbs
    co-founder, Camp BizSmart
    office: 800-475-0869
    cell: 408-472-2861
    Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs

  2. Sejal Hathi said,

    Dear SiliconMom,

    A friend of mine just recently alerted me to your post and I was incredibly honored to be deemed “eloquent” and to have my website linked to in your blog. Kudos to you for creating this website to bring together women and girls to speak about relevant issues!

    I desired to converse with you further about my work with Girls Helping Girls and perhaps how you may help me to promulgate its message to the larger community. Any way that you could support me in making known its mission and impact through the media would be profoundly appreciated. Would you be interested in helping me in this mentor’s capacity? Please let me know. I would be humbled to have your support.

    I will look forward to hopefully receiving your response.

    Best regards,
    Sejal Hathi

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