From these interactions over a mere several hours, I discovered two main differences between WEB and the normal boys club startup events that have unfortunately become customary.Although I certainly didn t have a chance to meet every attendee, the ones I spoke with – and overheard speaking with one another — were driven by similar traits as other entrepreneurs: passion and hunger.
They never started with how revolutionary or ground-breaking the company is, its impact on the industry, the amount of funding raised, or who the biggest customers were.For example, a woman I spoke with before the event told me she had created her company Cocosine, which offers frozen food products focused on healthy, responsibly-sourced ingredients as part of kids dining options at school cafeterias, because she was fed up no pun intended with what children were being served at school.
In my experience with networking, male founders of early-stage startups will rarely reveal their challenges it s all good because, in their eyes, it s a sign of weakness.
The protectiveness may break down eventually, but it initially costs time and energy on both sides.The women I met, however, were candid and unapologetic about the issues they re facing and were receptive to giving and getting advice.
Of our five largest clients, three have either female CEOs or VPs leading the charge at their organization.
We understand the existing community to support female entrepreneurs is growing, but as consultants and leaders, we have to do a better job of using our knowledge to help women continue to make their mark in the startup world.