The evening was special as we got to listen to amazing woman entrepreneur panel and got to know other women in technology over dinner. Shouvick VP - Yahoo! gave the keynote & like him we all too had a question as to why is the head of Yahoo still a male. Why few women in leadership roles? In my company to be very frank I am never comfortable sitting across the round table along with only male leaders…but with time I have realized the problem is in me. I let the thought of being a female cross me each time & that what makes me uncomfortable.
Bala the director at Yahoo! who was intimated to see only girls around him came over to moderate the panel discussion on “Starting & Succeeding as a woman entrepreneur”.
The panellists comprised eminent names from the Industry:
- * Apala Lahiri Chavan - Chief Oracle and Innovator, Human Factors International
- * Jaya Jha Founder, Pothi.com
- * Valerie Rozycki Wagoner Founder & CEO, ZipDial
- * Jessie Paul CEO, Paul Writer.
Few highlight & my take away from the panel discussion:
- There is a difference in knowing that you always wanted to be an entrepreneur & being one
- It’s not always gonna happen that you will find answers to all question, but it’s always better to take calculated risk before getting into any business
- Behind every successful entrepreneur there is a salaried spouse
Have the conviction to do it & let it never be ruled over by emotions
- Learn to milk your way, take advantage of being a pretty, cute & sensate women that you are
- Round the business table let the thought of you being a women never cross your mind…does it matter…may it never
- Have clarity in your confusion, it’s always better to be sorted out
- Good to have big companies name in your resume
- Life is too short to be in a wrong job
- You don’t need a great idea, finance or atmosphere but you need right ppl around to kick off the start-up
- A strong financial backup for a year as you might see a down fall in income as u get started
- Specially in India being an Entrepreneur is not a highly looked upon career option, so do it for ourselves & not for other
- Passion + Perfection + Profit in a bit is always need in a start-up
- Don’t fear failures or downfalls, it is needed to know if you are doing it right
- Network well, build a brand of yourself & few assets before getting’ into a venture
- Many around would say don’t do it, but be with people who will tell, “you are totally worthit”
Many thoughts & inspiring discussions happened. Want I have to say is… why just talk about it, go ahead into the field and do it. In all it was a total fun event. I got to interact with many other tech ladies and it was nice to get some compliments & admiration for a change this time from the ladies which I totally adore.
Cheers to the girl power & will be nice to hear some inspiring stories & start-ups created by…