Have No Fear the Woman Founder Really is Here
If you’ve read some of my previous posts – you might have seen me talk about the question that I get asked 70 times a week. 10 times a day.
Do you have kids? Do you plan on having kids? Or my personal favorite – Do you have kids yet?
I know these are normal points of conversation – but these questions come up in the midst of major business discussions. Ok I’m exaggerating – (About how many times I’m asked – not the actual questions – those are real!) – but then the New York Times did a fantastic article that summarized my experience beautifully - Nursing a Baby and a Start Up
Check out the NY Times Video Here: Entrepreneurship and Motherhood
And then I knew I wasn’t nuts – well a little bit less nuts.
Carley Roney, 43, co-founder of the XO Group, a public traded company worth $300 million – (you may know her from a little site called – theknot.com) wasn’t shy when she was interviewed for the Times piece.
And either was this VC (Paige Craig) in his blog VC Confession:
“I Have Doubts Once I Think Of Women Founders Having Kids And Being Distracted From Work”
What was cool about Paige – was that he freaked out (and didn’t like it) when he realized his assumption. And he wrote the post to make sense of it.
And Carley Roney agreed when asked about women raising capital “…I can pretty much guarantee you, behind closed doors it is a factor,” she said in the Times piece.
I’m in a unique situation – I’m in ed tech – I’m in this murky, weird water – where kids are tattooed across my forehead like the Scarlet Letter. I’m creating products that will be used by students aka “kids” – and if not by kids – by people who work with and design FOR kids – publishers, teachers, schools, content providers. I’m looked at like Mary Poppins – I MUST love kids – why else would anyone be in ed tech?
So along with our company’s valuation, revenue, gross margin, operating margin, the list goes on -
I’m including how many kids I plan on having:
That’s how many kids in K-12 education that I plan on having…. an impact on through Unbound’s technology.
And that’s what I call investment for the long term.
OnWord. UpWord. Unbound.
Posted on June 18, 2012, in Education, Everything!, Inspiration, Katie and tagged Angel investing, Carley Roney, ed tech, Entrepreneurship and Motherhood, female capital, Nursing a Baby and a Start Up, Scarlett Letter, startup, VC Confession, Venture Capital. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.