Went to another great networking/pitch event last night here in NY for tech founders, which not unsurprisingly had 6 male founders…for all 6 pitching slots.
Shrugged off the blindsided typical all-male lineup and enjoyed the rest of the night, but found it really strange when the event host asked at the end of the event for leads for female founders to pitch at upcoming events because he was having difficulty finding them…I raised my hand not only because I am one, but because I had also applied to pitch for the same event that night. Another female founder and I both applied, actually.
Did I expect to be chosen to pitch just because I applied and I happen to be a female? Absolutely not. But — if the search seemed so difficult as conveyed by the event host to find female founders (in NY of all places?), I was scratching my head why they didn’t just ask me (as a female founder who applied) for any leads here in NY that I might have on other female founders…
So I go and speak to the event host at the close of the event and explain to him that there’s no shortage of female founders in NY, and he looks at me like i’m from outer space. He summarizes that they’re no where to be found.
Was basically this…
Followed by this:
And after trying to help him understand — to which he continued to insist that its impossible to find female founders, I was left feeling like this: