17 Women Start-up Leaders Name Their Modern Day Heroines
By Ginni Chen on September 09, 2012
A lot has been said about the scarcity of women leaders in the tech start-up world. As the lone woman in a tech start-up company, it’s a subject that fascinates me both personally and professionally.
Working with iDoneThis, I have long noticed that there are vastly more men than women in the start-up world. Often, the individuals who can exert great influence over your start-up’s future are men. The people you network with, get advice from, collaborate with and befriend are also men. And once in a while, the people you have to say no to, who you have to argue with or tell something they don’t want to hear, are also men.
This intimidates me, but I’m not entirely sure why. I’m not intimidated by law, medicine, corporate business, or any other traditionally male-dominated career paths. Could it be that I never had any role models in tech? I decided to ask leading women in the tech start-up world this simple question:
Which woman in tech start-ups do you look up to, and why?
I got an immediate flood of responses from CEOs and founders who were eager to applaud and promote other women start-up leaders. Their responses were personal, insightful and full of pride at other women’s achievements.
“Katie Rae, Managing Director, TechStars Boston. She’s brilliant, funny and patient. No, strikethrough “patient,” she is a saint. She kicks ass and has made TechStars Boston into something truly epic, capturing the attention of even aloof elements of Boston’s startup scene. She knows how to apply just the right mix of nurture vs. beat up to struggling entrepreneurs, and can hold them to high standards even while building up their spirit. She has saved my ass too many times to count.”