Lauren Kay of Dating Ring Discusses Her Experience of Startup Podcast Featuring Her Company
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Many of them too. She explained some of the most difficult aspects of running the company under such a powerful microscope. Gimlet Media is, after all, a media company looking to uncover and share great stories.
When they wanted answers, Lauren explained, they really wanted answers. Imagine the absolute worst thing you could talk about, and then diving into that topic for hours and hours with your friends, family, and colleagues.
Recording those moments took an emotional toll on us.
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We had to prove most things too, and sometimes there were moments or things that happened that were just naturally difficult to prove.
The other side of that happened too, where Emma and I thought Gimlet would pull apart the situation, and instead, they flew right by it. That happened just two months before recording started too.
Also, the cross-country love trip campaign that we ran was another thing. That got quite a bit of press, but Gimlet thought it was already pretty well known, and decided to step over it. Most podcasts are created, and never see the amount of attention that Startup Podcast receives, let alone any significant traction in general.
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Tessler and Kay, for example, are speaking to Business Insider and also published blog posts detailing their journey fundraising as females. However, neither are naming investor names out of fear of labeling someone. Ellen Pao was the most recent high-profile case of gender discrimination in Silicon Valley.Guest Host Jennifer Lawrence Surprises People on Hollywood Blvd.
She lost her trial on March 27, What an awkward mistake to make," she remembered thinking at the time of the incident. I think it's what a lot of women experience with a myriad of events," Tessler said about her thoughts in the moment. Maybe I'm being overly sensitive. The three said they were being strategic about which investors they were choosing to partner with.
That decision was not easy and led to a lot of self-doubt and worries that they may have deprived the young company of important momentum. I wouldn't be in this position of denying my company money that would really help us. The result was only so-so. VC's who invited her to events as personal invites, investors who described her as "beautiful" with "beautiful" cofounders.
But to her the more pervasive problem is the subtlety of it all.
Companies with female founders get funded all the time. Many companies with female founders also crash and burn not because of sexist actions, but because of bad ideas, bad execution, bad luck, or any of the other factors that can sink a company. After all, they can't change the fact that they are female, so they couldn't change anything about the amount they raised.