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  • Jose Candelaria

    Excellent post! I am in total agreement working in the field myself. I have a niece who is currently looking to join the ranks of IT professional women and is currently starting college. If you can provide any advice on where there may be resources that could help her in any way, it would be greatly appreciated. We need all the diversification we can get and I know there are many brilliant women out there who can really make a difference if only given a chance.

  • Jaclyn Hawtin

    Totally agreed, thank you for writing about your experiences. I am also a female tech entrepreneur and have had similar experiences.

    • Daniela

      Thank you Jaclyn, embrace the experience and keep working toward your dreams.

  • Pam Cooper

    I wholeheartedly agree with your post, and feel like I could have written it myself! One good thing about being in the minority in these meetups, etc is having the bathroom all to yourself.

    I am a woman who came to tech in her 40's by marrying a brilliant CTO. I had owned and operated a small business with a few employees for 20 years, but tech startups were a wild west frontier to me. I became fascinated with the culture, and soon had my own startup, Boosterville. I realize how lucky I am to have a technical co-founder in my husband, but it still took me a long time to come to terms with my non-tech side, and understand that not everyone in the startup has to know how to code. In fact, the startups where everyone's a coder seldom succeed. Instead, I bring the balance of being the domain expert, the one who knows how to talk to the lawyer and CPA, get appointments, get press -- everything BUT code. There's a lot of value we can bring to the rest of the business.

    • Daniela

      Hi Pam, let me say it must have been an amazing advantage to have your husband to guide you into this culture. To be honest the tech culture is still somewhat "wild west frontier" but hey, we can't let these things intimidate us. And to elaborate on your point about being a non-tech individual, as a business person we are also key to the success of a start up. Techies + business people in a good team, complement each other. We both bring skills and knowledge that allow the idea as a whole to gain momentum and succeed.
      I am very glad, you liked this story. And hope you are doing well.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I like the solutions that you pose to make it easier for women in tech to enter the workforce. Have you heard of groups like Women.Design.Build? They're a fantastic community that aims to help women figure out why they're resistant about building things/making things. Christina Mirando is the founder. I'd be happy to connect you!

    • Christina Mirando

      Thanks for the mention, Alessandra!

      I love this post, Daniela. Would be happy to connect sometime!