Throughout my career, I have launched four startups in the real world, and dozens more in my head. Some of them, like Lazada – Southeast Asia’s largest eCommerce group, have gone on to be incredibly successful. Most of them have failed, but I am proud of every one of them.
Although, in nearly every business I have been the only woman in the room.
I think this is partially because we get told a lot of myths about building a startup. For example: you need to be “technical,” or building a business is an innate talent, not a skill that can be taught, or even that you need to commit everything to the business, including your full-time job, your life savings and your family time.
It is these myths that impact women the most. Women are less likely to have a technical degree, but that doesn’t mean they can’t build successful businesses. I don’t have a computer science background, neither does Mel Perkins from Canva, or Cyan Ta’eed from Envato, or Naomi Simson from Red Balloon.
Building a business is also a lot easier when you have the support of a coach or a network. I learned a lot from other entrepreneurs and advisors when I was building Lazada, as well as from my boss Mark Coulter now that I work at Temple & Webster. But these people and groups aren’t always easy to come by.
These are all issues that entrepreneurs looking to establish startups face and for female founders, it’s always a much more difficult path to walk. Through the Antler program, all these matters are addressed. You don’t need a startup. You don’t need a team. You don’t even need an idea. Antler helps with all of that. Build the next wave of tech and join Antler today.