Katherine worked for Silicon Valley tech companies for 25 years before becoming a writer. Her awards-winning non-fiction book Starting Up Silicon Valley: How ROLM Became a Cultural Icon and Fortune 500 Company (Greenleaf Book Group, April 2014) tells the inside story of one of the Valley’s most important companies—ROLM Corporation—from start-up to IBM buy-out and beyond.
A Kirkus Best Book of 2014! An Eric Hoffer Award Winner!
“An engaging story…a corporate history unusual in its candor…intense emotions and exuberant personalities…Few authors have Maxfield’s knack for describing both the forest and the trees….enough drama for a movie.” —Kirkus Review www.kirkusreviews.com
“There are two great ways to learn about what goes on inside a start-up—work for one or read Starting Up Silicon Valley.”—Bill Davidow, technology columnist for The Atlantic.
Katherine’s first published short story, “Talents Like Mine,” won first place in the Jack London Short Story Contest. Others have been published in literary journals across the U.S. Her non-fiction personal perspective pieces have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Katherine hosts conversations with accomplished authors at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA.