“Getting told no a million times can be really disheartening,” writes one founder. Nevertheless, she— and many other women surveyed— persisted to start big, expensive, investor-backed businesses.
Women need more credentials to be taken seriously: 20% 30%
have their MBAs and have other graduate degrees. Compare that with survey answers from this year’s Inc. 5000 CEOs, who are 87% male: 15% of those respondents have MBAs and 20% have other graduate degrees.
“I’ve seen men with really bad ideas, no traction, and no path to traction raise millions of dollars. It’s just not that way for black women,” writes Tanya Van Court, CEO and founder of kid-focused savings platform Goalsetter. “Everything is scrutinized and the conversation starts at no. You have to move them to yes.”