Like almost everyone in San Francisco, Eileen Carey moved there to start her own business. And like every other Bay Area CEO, she met her co-founder online.
“Lauren [Mosenthal] and I both moved to San Francisco…to start our own company,” Carey told Femsplain earlier this year. “We connected on the Internet via a mutual friend and got together to talk about all our ideas. And from there we decided to start the research.”
That research was for Glassbreakers.co, which celebrated its first birthday this month. Billed as “Mentorship for the modern woman,” Glassbreakers offers individual and enterprise solutions to tech’s pipeline problem.
The Glassbreakers consumer app uses algorithms to introduce women with common career goals (disclosure: I am a member). Users can connect through the Glassbreakers platform, then pursue offline mentorships as needed. So if a twenty-something product manager in DC wants to learn more about venture capital, she can use Glassbreakers to connect with an experienced VC and learn more about the business. Matches can either occur online to transcend distance or in person based on geography.
But that online platform is just the beginning. To celebrate their first year in business, Carey and Mosenthal announced that they will launch an enterprise software solution for diversity next year. They saw that big businesses spent $8 billion on diversity initiatives in 2013 — yet none of that money went towards software solutions. Carey — who earned her BA at the University of Maryland — and Mosenthal want to help diversity divisions measure and scale their impact.
All of these efforts point towards a high level goal — to make the c-suite a 50/50 split between men and women. It’s the same reason why Flip the Ratio exists; without conscious efforts to make tech more inclusive, there is little hope that current numbers will improve.
That’s why Flip the Ratio is honored to name Glassbreakers its digital partner. In the week leading up to Flip the Ratio this Friday, Glassbreakers will promote the event through its own online networks.
They are strong networks full of true trailblazers. The Glassbreakers community is 12,000 strong. And its co-founders have raised $1 million from some of tech’s most successful women, including Jocelyn Goldfein (Facebook’s former engineering director) and Susan Kimberlin (Salesforce’s former product marketing director).
Glassbreakers is also inviting us to share lessons learned from this weekend on their blog. If you plan to attend Flip the Ratio and want to share your experience, reach out to Bridget at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you’re a woman in a large enterprise, you can sign up to help Glassbreakers with its UX testing via Skype or Google Hangout next month.
Flip the Ratio is honored to partner with one of tech’s most inclusive initiatives. We hope this is the start of a long term partnership to accomplish the shared goal of a more equal workforce.
We also believe in the power of technology to turn shared online interests into offline mentorships. And we know that the more united our networks are, the better chance we have to smash the glass ceiling.
Glassbreakers and Flip the Ratio are both ideal ways to learn more about different areas of tech, from back end development to product marketing. You don’t need to have all the answers; you only need to take the first step towards connecting with mentors whom you can learn from.
Haven’t bought your Flip the Ratio ticket yet? Sign up here.