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What The Pregnancy Gym & The Wing Say About Investing in Women

Two articles about women-only organizations popped into my feed today and struck me for one reason: businesses that cater to 50 percent of the global population - women - are raising money, or at least considered viable enough for some form of funding. This sounds exclusionary, but think of all the startups that serve the male demo. The list is long.

The Wing, a women's only co-working space that also feels like a club with lots of millennial pink and great programming, announced it raised a $32 million B round led by WeWork (clearly a potential acquirer). And Fast Company wrote today about a gym dedicated to pregnant women called FPC (no details of how it has been funded were disclosed).

When we started PowerToFly in 2014 and then raised a $7.5 A Round, one of the most frequent questions we got from Venture Capitalists was whether we'd expand the platform to include men. Our answer was simple: "any gender is welcome to join PowerToFly, but we're focusing now on fixing a giant problem that currently affects over fifty percent of the population. Marketing to men would distract from our current mission." In other words, we were saying to the VCs: "is fifty percent of the global population a large enough market for you guys?"

And yes, one day we might market to men, but not until we move the needle on abysmal gender diversity numbers in tech.

The Pregnancy Gym and The Wing are two sister organizations helping lift our mission at PowerToFly and I couldn't be more excited to see that they probably overcame the same questions we did during their financing rounds.

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How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

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5 Things All Product Managers Should Do for Their Engineers (And Vice Versa)

Tips from SeatGeek's Anuja Chavan

When Anuja Chaven turns on a fan in her house in Jersey City, she can't help but think about how every piece of it works.

"There are an extensive amount of things that have to go perfectly at the same time," says the former engineer (and current product manager at live event ticketing platform SeatGeek).

It was that interest in understanding how things actually worked that drove Anuja to study engineering—first electrical, during her undergrad in India, and then computer science, during her master's program in the U.S.

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The Secrets to Balancing Work and Family Life

3 Pieces of Advice from Working Moms at Pluralsight

Being fully committed to work and family is a challenge that many working parents have to take on. It can be exhausting and thankless pursuing a fulfilling full-time career, while taking an active role as a parent. Achieving a healthy balance can help keep you motivated and productive at work, while allowing you to be fully present when you're home.

We recently chatted with working moms at technology skills platform, Pluralsight, about their best advice for striking that elusive work-life balance. Here were their key points:

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How to Make the Most of Being on a Growing Team: 3 Tips from Plex’s Adriana Bosinceanu

When the startup Adriana Bosinceanu was working for got acquired, things changed fast.

She went from being one of eight engineers on a small team building a streaming service to joining a company that was five times larger and had a much bigger scope.

That company was Plex, where Adriana has been working remotely as a software engineer for the last four and a half years.

As her team grew from two people to ten, Adriana decided to lean into the opportunity to grow; along the way, she found herself deepening her technical skills, her self-confidence, and her relationships. We sat down with Adriana to learn exactly how she did that, and to hear the tips she has for other engineers experiencing growth opportunities on their team.

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What These Companies Are Doing to Celebrate Juneteenth 2021

*Updated on June 17th, 2021 to reflect Juneteenth officially being named a Federal Holiday in the U.S.*

Juneteenth has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s, but in recent years (particularly in response to global protests over police brutality and the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and other Black Americans), there has been a surge in interest in the day that celebrates freedom.

Before it became an official federal holiday, many businesses shifted toward marking June 19th as an annual company holiday, creating different initiatives around the holiday and offering employees opportunities to learn, reflect, and take action toward racial equality.

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