We need perspectives on the startup scene

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com

This is a woman talking about the startup scene in Bangalore, but I think this is true everywhere, and on many fronts:

We need more voices — voices who are unknown AND/OR don’t speak because of shyness — of women in leadership positions in Bangalore startups. For instance, rarely have I heard from Leena SN about her experiences of being the ‘woman’ CTO of Multunus and raising two daughters at the same time. Leena has spoken at several HasGeek events, conducted workshops and is one of the regular supporters and contributors to our conferences on DevOps, Android and JavaScript. The subaltern, if that’s how we want to see ourselves, must speak.

The fear that women (and men) experience is also the outcome of social, cultural and filial conditioning as much as it is personal. I moved to Bangalore from Bombay in 2006 to pursue a PhD. I used to live in Tilaknagar, Jayanagar 4th T Phase, which was known as a ‘notorious’ area. I chose to live there to be close to my PhD field site. Sometimes, male friends and friends of friends were afraid to visit my home because of the locality (and fear of the geography).

Irrespective of our genders — and especially more and more women — need to travel more and experience more of the world. Attend conferences in different parts of the world! Take a trip to a place in your bucket list! Go to an adventure hike or cycling trip with your friends! Do anything that gets you out of your comfort zones. The world is not as unsafe as our newspapers, television channels and the internet tell us it is.

Simply going to new places, meeting new people and experiencing that which we may not have earlier, opens our minds and lightens our bowels (the gut that courage and shit cohabit).