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Caroline Ramade, founder and CEO of 50inTech
Learning Inspiration 🌈 #41
Caroline has a pretty unusual career. Among other things, she participated in Bertrand Delanoë’s campaign for mayor of Paris in 2008 and she was at the head of Willa, the incubator for start-ups founded by at least one woman. With 50inTech, Caroline aims to have 50% women in tech. Today, women represent only 10% of start-up co-founders, 9% of investors and less than 30% of digital employees.
Who is your biggest source of inspiration?
I have enormous admiration for feminists and activists, those people of thought and action who fight to make a difference. Like Simone Veil and Gisèle Halimi who are fighters who act to change the law. In all of our history, there is a time when things just don’t happen naturally, it has to be written into law to make things happen. We have seen this with the law obliging boards of directors to have at least 40% women. Everything that happened in women’s rights, it was Gisèle Halimi who put it in her program: The Common Women’s Program. It’s incredible to say that almost everything that was done came from its program.
My grandmother is also a great source of inspiration for me. She was the wife of an entrepreneur husband who passed away very early. When she died, she had to go back to business when she wasn’t ready to handle it all and just because she wasn’t competent she hadn’t been trained for it. She almost went to jail because of her ignorance of management. For me it was a huge realization of the problem of women’s lack of access to education and the handicap that this represents for them in their life and their professional success.
The mentors and people in my everyday life are great sources of inspiration. People who inspire me deeply for who they are and who are experts in areas I know less about. There are many: my best friend, Marie Outtier who set up her box and sold it to Linkedin, Gerladine Le Meur, Caroline Zemi. Some of them are now part of the 50inTech investor board.
How do you learn on a daily basis? What are your learning routines? 🧠
I don’t have a routine because I have children. The only routine that works is a to-do list with priorities. I stop working at night and try not to work on weekends. If I see that I am not going to be successful in carrying out all my tasks, I delegate.
What are your favorite books 📚 ?
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. A real lesson on faith, freedom and the condition of being a woman. Unbelievable. This is a really great book
- Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Pérez. It exposes the gender data gap – a gap in our knowledge that is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and that has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives.
- Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet by Claire L. Evans. It gives these unsung female heroes their due with her social history of the Broad Band, the women who made the internet what it is today : Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Stacy Horn…
What are your favorite podcasts 🎧 ?
There’s a whole new generation of feminist podcasts, even erotic ones, that I find absolutely nuts.
If you were to stay alone on an island and only be allowed to bring one item, what would it be 🏝?
Tons of books and especially not my phone, it will be useless.
What would you say to the 18 years old version of yourself?
The fundraising that we carried out this year was a trying one. The context was very particular. First there was the 4 month strike in France at the end of last year and then the Covid at the start of the year. We launched a recruitment SAAS in the midst of Covid. The least we can say is that the context was not obvious. Despite this we launched the product in June and we have achieved over 50% of our sales this year. And now I am mentally preparing to raise a seed round in June 2021 and accelerate our growth.
If there is anything else you would like to share please do so 😊
I’m really happy to have created 8 full-time jobs this year. This is my real pride.
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