Starting Up in a Man’s World
In 2010, I took the stage at an entrepreneurship competition. While I stood up there, I didn’t notice that the other four finalists were male until the organizer gave us our awards. Along with a plaque, they gave me a man’s watch and a bottle of cologne.
Women start only 3% of technology companies and are generally absent from the core teams. I co-founded my company when I was only 15 -- while I was still too young to realize that women are treated differently in the startup world. I’m realizing that my journey as an entrepreneur, the way I am treated in the tech space, and even my demeanor is very different from my male counterparts, but I think the personality traits I have that are stereotypically female, can be a huge strength in the entrepreneurial adventure.
I will discuss how I co-founded a company at the age of 15 and merged with a public company in a $100 million deal shortly after graduating from college.
Additional Supporting Materials
- How did I co-found a tech company as a teenage girl?
- What are some of the unique challenges women face in the startup world?
- What are some of the unique advantages women have in the startup world?
- What traits that are stereotypically female are especially important when starting up?
- How do we get more women to join the startup world and embrace their strengths?
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