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Why Working Moms Make Great Entrepreneurs, Investors and Employees with Sarah Lacy of Pando

Posted June 26, 2018

Matt Hunckler

CEO, Powderkeg

Let’s face it: in the tech world, motherhood is often viewed as something undesirable. Many employers and professional women think that having children will distract them from work, decrease their productivity and make them less effective leaders. But what if the opposite is true? What if working moms actually make some of the very best entrepreneurs, investors and employees?

This is the opinion of Sarah Lacy, a Silicon Valley tech journalist turned entrepreneur. After writing and editorial stints at TechCrunch and Businessweek, Lacy launched Pando, a web publication offering analysis and commentary on the Bay Area tech community, in 2012. She’s also the author of three books focusing on tech and entrepreneurship. Her most recent title, A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug, focuses on empowering professional women and proving through cold, hard data that working moms are often better at their jobs than their childless peers.

Lacy dropped by the Powderkeg office in Indianapolis, IN for this candid and inspiring interview. During our conversation, she shares her thoughts on the importance of good role models, evidence that working moms are some of the best people you can hire or invest in, and strategies for getting and keeping them on your team. She also shares some exciting behind-the-scenes info on her latest company, Chairman Mom, a guilt-free, judgment-free, troll-free community for professional women and moms.

In this episode with Sarah Lacy, you’ll learn: 

  • How good role models inspire people to live up to their full potential (3:20)
  • Why Millennial women will be instrumental in driving workplace gender reform (13:45)
  • Research that proves working mothers actually outperform their peers (19:34)
  • Strategies for attracting working moms to your team and making them feel valued (28:00)
  • About Chairman Mom and its mission to support and empower women professionals (35:07)

Please enjoy this conversation with Sarah Lacy!

 

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Links and Resources Mentioned in this Episode:

Companies and Organizations:

Pando

Chairman Mom

Salesforce

Wiley

Sunrun

Stitch Fix

Madison Reed

Venture Capital Firms:

First Round Capital

Coworking Spaces:

Industrious

Universities:

Rhodes College

Publications:

TechCrunch

Bloomberg Businessweek

The Wall Street Journal

Fortune

Books:

Once You’re Lucky, Twice You’re Good

Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky

A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug

Lean In

Podcasts:

A Uterus Is a Feature, Not a Bug

Websites:

Winnie

People:

Sarah Lacy (@sarahcuda)

Meg Whitman (@MegWhitman)

Carly Fiorina (@CarlyFiorina)

Sheryl Sandberg (@sherylsandberg)

Lynn Jurich (@LynnJurich)

Katrina Lake (@kmlake)

Susan Fowler (@susanthesquark)

Amy Errett (@AmyErrett)

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COMMENTS?

What stood out most to you about what Sarah shares in this podcast?

For me, it’s the importance of good role models to inspire people to live up to their full potential.

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Matt Hunckler

CEO, Powderkeg

Matt is the founder and CEO of Powderkeg, a network of local communities with global reach for tech entrepreneurs, investors, and top talent. Powderkeg entrepreneurs have collectively raised more than $1 Billion in capital and are disrupting industries, creating wealth, and changing the world from areas beyond Silicon Valley. Hunckler has led successful teams with his own ventures, as well as Inc. 500 companies and venture-funded tech startups. He's been named an Under 30 CEO Entrepreneur to Watch and an IBJ Forty Under 40 Honoree for his entrepreneurial endeavors. @hunckler