Hi, Could you introduce yourself?

Hi, I’m Angie from the Netherlands. I have always had a keen interest in innovation. I have a masters degree in Business Administration with innovation as my specialty. My dissertation was about age and the relation with innovation. The outcome of my research was that age doesn’t matter but experience does. This is a strong message proving that we don’t have to overestimate youth when it comes to tech or other different fields where CEOs innovate.

What are you working on?

I’m working on Femwyse, a website showcasing startups and businesses founded by women. Femwyse features different CEOs varying from tech to education.

Since my launch I already connected 3 founders to an investor. That has been a rewarding experience for me.

What are the challenges and successes you've faced at Femwyse?

The challenge I had initially was finding the right CMS software to build an MVP of Femwyse. Femwyse is still growing so I wanted to invest in a CMS which had the necessary basics for the website at a low cost.

I launched Femwyse on July 3rd and was in the top 10 of new products  on Product Hunt that day. I also got a lot of positive feedback after I launched. What specifically stood out for me is women being very excited about getting a platform on Femwyse. A founder mentioned she is even more motivated to work on her business with the exposure on the website.

Since my launch I already connected 3 founders to an investor. That has been a rewarding experience for me.

Femwyse features female-founded stand-up

What are your goals?

My goal at this moment is to have investors and founders connect through Femwyse.

Do you mentor anyone?

I don’t mentor anyone at the moment, but I have been a mentor for friends acquaintances when it comes to startups.

I have been a mentor at Micromentor for a while where entrepreneurs who need professional advice can reach out to professionals in different fields worldwide.

What could the tech industry do to better foster female talent?

I think working together with different groups should help. This is already happening in some degree, but if more fields join forces it would be more impactful. Companies can work with schools, colleges, and universities to lower the barrier of entrance for women.

What advice would you give to people getting into your field?

Ask for input from your peers and explore the field you are in. When you have an idea write it down and if possible, let it rest for a while.

Are you still passionate about your project? Then go for it. I noticed I have a lot of ideas I could work on but sometimes I’m not as passionate about the idea as I was in the beginning. Ask yourself, do I want to do this a year from now? Why do I do this? Does this idea give me energy?

What's the best and worst advice you have received?

The best advice I have received is not to make important decisions when you are very happy or very sad. The state your are in could cloud your reasoning behind that important decision.

As for worst advice, I can’t really recall one example specifically as I tend to discard bad advice easily.

The worst advice people can give you is that you can’t do something without them giving you a valid reason for the opinion they have.

You have the strength to believe in yourself and make anything work for you. Do not let negative influences corrupt your positive mindset.

Who do you follow? What blogs do you read?

I follow people who inspire me. From different leaders in tech, to athletes who keep achieving their goals.

What's the best way to keep up to date with what you're doing?

You can follow @femwyse on Twitter and Instagram where I will be posting the latest updates. You can also check out femwyse.com as it is still expanding.