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Start-Up Companies Work Better Without All That Pesky Diversity

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In an article on, "The CBS Interactive Business Network", writer Penelope Trunk says that start-up companies should be as single-gendered as possible — and preferably, men only.

If you want to know why you shouldn't do a startup with women (if you're a man), read on.

It's a distraction.

I have done three startups and each time it has been with a male co-founder. And each time, the fact that I am female has been a distraction to us. It has been a source of friction. When I was young, people thought my co-founder and I were a couple. (This is not surprising. The majority of male-female co-founder situations for a funded startup have a sex component.)


Plus, women are always crying and as everyone knows, there is no crying in start-ups:

In my last company, Brazen Careerist, I had two male co-founders. Sometimes I'd cry. Or throw a fit. And the guys would say I was so difficult. I am a woman who has been in tech startups for 15 years. I thought, if anyone can deal with men, it's me. And still, I was too emotional for these guys. You know what? Most women cry at work. And most guys throw a fit.


The author would also like you to know that when she left, she replaced herself with a male CEO.

Hopefully, no one confused he and his co-workers for life partners.

Are Startups Better as Single-Gender Affairs? [BNET]

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Dude, I work with children who have been raped, beaten and neglected. I work with children who assault me and use their toys as weapons when I try to get them to go to bed. I work with children who were born to meth-heads and have such severe attention problems that they literally cannot have a conversation. Last week, a child went in depth in an explanation about how they were going to stab me to death and "watch the blood drip down to [my] toes". On Wednesday, a kid shoved an action figure down his throat to induce projectile vomit to use as a weapon against me.

And you know what? I SUCK IT UP AND I DON'T CRY AT WORK. I don't think "most women" means what you think it means!