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Sexism and other challenges of being a woman entrepreneur

A woman works on her computer at the kitchen of the
A woman works on her computer at the kitchen of the "Beta-i" startup hub in Lisbon on September 29, 2016.

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The New York Times released an extensive story on female experiences with sexual harassment in Silicon Valley last week.

The report spurred apologies from several prominent figures in the industry, including a major investor who resigned and apologized in a blog post, encouraging women with similar experiences to come forward.

In the wake of the Times’ story, AirTalk sits down with Assistant Professor in Entrepreneurship, Lakshmi Balachandra, and Aimee Sandarac, Founder and CEO of, to explore the challenges of start-up culture for women.

We want to hear from female entrepreneurs: Have you faced sexism in trying to start a business? How have you responded to such situations? Has the culture described by women in Silicon Valley hampered your interest in pursuing entrepreneurship?


Lakshmi Balachandra, an assistant professor in entrepreneurship at Babson College in Massachusetts; she is Fellow in the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she examines the impact of gender on entrepreneurial success in acquiring early-stage funding; she tweets at @proflb

Aimee Kandrac, founder and CEO of the startup,, who has written about the challenges of being a woman entrepreneur for Fortune; she tweets at @aimeekandrac