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My Story

Once, in Johannesburg, a recruiter labeled me "unemployable" after an aptitude test. The title stung, especially as a young actuary aspirant dreaming of America and entrepreneurship. My journey had humble beginnings—from selling my father's old suits for roller skates to navigating the challenges of a crime-ridden city, even enduring a gunshot wound.

But here's the twist: Today, I'm in Silicon Valley, leading an investment firm dedicated to nurturing and funding cutting-edge tech startups, primarily in AI. My path taught me that being "unemployable" isn't a setback—it's a unique strength, especially in our AI-driven age.

Whether you see yourself as an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, or a dreamer looking to chart your path, my book "Unemployable: How I Hired Myself" offers insights into turning perceived barriers into launchpads. Discover how and why in my transformative tale.

Where Alysia Has Spoken

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This master storyteller manages to deliver an invaluable message within 168 pages which many before her have failed to accomplish. 
I was so invested in this book that I had to read it again to take notes. The passion, power and love within its pages are palpable and resonated with my soul like no other before it... if I could present you with a thousand stars, I would do so...

Lorna Philip Enslin

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"A must read for anyone seeking to innovate, create and thrive in the age of AI"

"The world change meter is spinning exponentially faster now...This story of an adventurer and her adventures is a testament to the type of wayfarer the world needs right now — someone who is ambitious, determined, self-confident, restless and creative.

We can all learn from her, as I have done from reading this book. Alysia, by her own definition, may be “unemployable”, but more than that, she has proved herself to be unshakable in the pursuit of her dreams. This unputdownable book is the proof."


Tim Draper, Venture Capital Investor 

(Baidu, Hotmail, Skype, Tesla, SpaceX, AngelList, SolarCity, Ring, Twitter, DocuSign, Coinbase, Robinhood,, Twitch, Cruise Automation)

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About The Book

My Books

I'm super excited to have written and finally be publishing my book for AI enthusiasts and entrepreneurs like us, “Unemployable, How I Hired Myself" ❤️

📚 Diving into the pages of my book….👇


It all started with a pair of pretty pink roller skates. I was just a little girl, living in Johannesburg, South Africa, my heart set on them. But I knew my parents couldn’t afford them. So I formulated a plan.


I started my first “small business,” selling old suits on the street until I’d made enough dough for the purchase. The start of my life as an entrepreneur. A life that would rescue me from years of childhood trauma—from abuse, and turmoil, and even a gunshot wound—and eventually bring me all the way around the world, to Silicon Valley. This is my story. A story of pain, and perseverance. Of love and romance. Of the “American Dream” we all gravitate towards like the green light in Great Gatsby.


A story I want to share so that I can inspire you to change your life for the better. To guide you on your own extraordinary journey to personal and financial growth.


So put on your roller skates and get ready—you’re in for the ride of your life! 

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