Tech Startup Ladies… Where Are You?

Nov 30, 2012 in Startups

When you walk into the office of a tech startup, there are many common themes: empty coffee mugs, worn-out hoodies, ping pong tables, backwards hats, and a tremendous amount of dudes.

Where are all the females?! 

There’s been a lot of buzz around this subject recently, but even with heightened awareness around the lack of women in tech, the landscape in early-stage startups hasn’t changed all that much (that I can see). What’s the deal?

We’ve had a few job offers out recently for developers, and haven’t had a single female applicant. The big take-away is that we NEED more women, so I’m sending out a plea to my fellow ladies.. come and join this community. It’s fun, it’s challenging, and WE need you!

To prep any interested parties, here are 3 things I’ve learned as a female working in the male dominated tech startup world.

1. Women are in high demand. If you’re smart, driven and want to be part of something great, you should investigate the scene.

2. It’s not scary, it’s not intimidating. If anything, you will intimidate these guys.

3. You may feel like you have to prove yourself even more as a woman, but trust me, it’s worth it.

Let me finish this post by saying that yes, I am a female co-founder of a tech startup, but I’m not a developer. I run sales. There are plenty of opportunities at startups that aren’t for developers, and we need you just as badly, so don’t be discouraged if you aren’t a programmer.

Ladies…  start your own company, apply for open positions, apply for OUR open position, become angel investors… generally, just join the party!