Female entrepreneur: It’s hard out here for a bitch

Rebekah Campbell, CEO and founder of Posse.com, told me when I interviewed her that only 3% of tech CEO’s are women. It truly is a field dominated by men, and sometimes that imbalance can be a problem.

Yunha Kim, CEO and founder of Locket, wrote an article on Business Insider about three good things and three bad things she learned during her first year as a CEO.

The young entrepreneur posted a screenshot of an email she had received from a male developer she was trying to hire for Locket, a next generation Android lock screen app that brings stuff you care about to your lock screen based on your interests, swiping habits, and time of the day.

The unnamed developer responded like this:

Here are the other things she disliked:

“If you are aggressive, you are a bitch. If you are emotional, you are PMSing. If you are soft, you are too feminine. Whatever way someone finds you, they can always justify it is because you are female.”

“You may get more sales meetings because some of the guys that you are pitching to have a different agenda. Since it’s difficult to distinguish it early on, you may end up wasting some time. If you turn down their advances (and it gets awkward), doing deals with their companies can become difficult.”

Rebekah Campbell spoke of similar problems when I interviewed her, saying that you’re either alienated or you’re given too much attention.

It’s definitely a struggle out here ladies! When in doubt, stock up on some girl power from Lily Allen 🙂


  1. Stephanie Peacocke says:

    Alana, well said. 1. You have to fight & prove yourself to be taken seriously as a women entrepreneur 2. You have to do it better than a man to be seen as valid (not hard) Just joking boys. But it is a battle, that is for sure however when you love what you do and believe in it.. its not so bad 🙂
    Stephanie Peacocke

    1. Jose Mathias says:

      Well said Stephanie! “But it is a battle, that is for sure however when you love what you do and believe in it.. its not so bad :)”

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