Things that many founders share are: having sleepless nights and spending more money on their ideas than expected.
Well, first of all, I need to say that I consider myself as a lucky woman. I grew up in Germany, was raised as a self-confident girl and even if we were anything else than rich, I knew I could become whatever I wanted to. I went to university, lived and worked in Italy, changed jobs, traveled a lot for business and felt free to take my own decisions for my career and my private life.
But all the time I was aware that this is far from the norm. My female friends around did not behave the same way and women from other countries and cultures had even less chances to choose their own path. As long as I remember, I was feeling the desire for equal opportunities and wanted to encourage others to discover the world. Even more as I experienced personally how collaborating and becoming friends with people from all over the world was enriching my life. I realized that this is not only eye-opening and inspiring but also stronger than any prejudice.
With all this in my personal DNA my business idea found me (see also ‘The story behind’).
After a while, by working on the womenected idea, I understood that this could be my part in ‘changing-the-world-a-little-bit’. womenected connects people across borders and it can encourage women to discover the world. Furthermore, the platform gives women more visibility, eases networking and supporting each other, while keeping up privacy.
All in all, initiating this startup (ad-)venture was not an option, it just felt to be the right thing to do. Having now started the Live-Pilot-Phase and receiving a lot of positive feedback and requests from users, companies and associations, is a great payback.
And now I do use my sleepless nights for dreaming big.
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