Heather Shoemaker was used to being the only woman in the room, both from her experience in graduate school and later working in artificial intelligence, where women make up only a quarter of the industry. But she didn’t expect the blatant gender bias she experienced when attempting to scale her company Language I/O, an A.I.-powered SaaS platform that provides real-time, multilingual customer support in more than 100 languages.
"I talked to so many people that were just a nightmare," she says. "I don't know why they think what I'm doing is easy."
Shoemaker could tell that the VC firms were not used to seeing a woman, especially one with technical skills as opposed to an MBA. During one meeting in Silicon Valley, a partner learned that Shoemaker was pitching hard tech and had written the original code herself. He asked, "How hard can it be to replicate what you coded?" Shoemaker says--insinuating that if a woman programmed the software, it must be simple for any other developer to copy, making it less valuable.
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