Recently ‘women in tech’ has become a buzz phrase. Never has technology and the female among us made the news, in such an eye-opening way. Sheryl Sandberg, made us ‘lean in’ at the boardroom table, don’t sit back and feel excluded from the important discussions that men have. And James Damore got fired because he openly leaked the hiring premise at Google based on gender and/or race. Which begs the question – what is the problem? It’s not a gender issue it’s a people issue… You’re either technically minded or you’re not! Right?
From the scandals involving gender bias at Uber and Google and the resignations of two prominent investors because of accusations of sexual harassment, the last few months have seen an intense focus about how issues of workplace sexism and discrimination are addressed, especially in Silicon Valley.
Here at Think Cirrus, we’re here to support people and business owners, whether they’re male or female. However, we do believe that the Information Technology world, especially the world of I.T. support and tech businesses in general, are very heavily male orientated and jargon rich. Which is why one of our missions is to de-bunk the myths and just help you grow your business, so you don’t have to think about your tech working effectively, it just does.
We don’t want you to have to create male business partners just so you can get stuff done… we want to talk to female bosses who take their I.T. and their businesses seriously. We heard of a scenario last year, and it deeply frustrated us. Two Los Angeles artists, Penelope Gazin and Kate Dwyer, started a company called Witchsy, an online marketplace for art with an odd, unconventional sensibility. The pair bootstrapped the venture and brought in $200,000 in sales, with 80 percent of the transactions going back to the creator of the item that was purchased. But they found themselves running into the same roadblock repeatedly.
Gazin and Dwyer told Fast Company about some of what they experienced as they worked to grow their company — for example, a developer attempted to delete everything he had worked on for them after Gazin wouldn’t go out with him. While most of the time they weren’t up against outright sabotage, the reception they got to their questions was often condescending or demeaning.
Until these two female entrepreneurs came up with a solution. They created a third co-founder, a male partner aptly named Keith Mann. “It was like night and day,” Dwyer told Fast Company. “It would take me days to get a response, but Keith could not only get a response and a status update, but also be asked if he wanted anything else or if there was anything else that Keith needed help with.” Gazin noted that Keith would always get addressed by name, while the two women did not get the same courtesy.
If you are a female entrepreneur and need tech help – that’s ok. But please don’t feel like you need to create ‘a man’ to speak to us. We’re here to support female bosses blossom! From managing your cloud to supporting you if anything goes wrong. We do need men, but we don’t need them to communicate with other men!!