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Why Julia Hartz’s move to CEO was a big move for her, her daughters, and women in tech

By Sarah Lacy , written on July 26, 2016

From The Gender Wars Desk

Only 3% of all venture-backed companies have female CEOs. Imagine how many unicorns have female CEOs.

My latest guest on the “Uterus is a feature not a bug” podcast is one of the few: Julia Hartz of Eventbrite. Hartz just recently became CEO of the company she cofounded a decade ago with her husband...the same year she married him. Two years after that she was answering customer support emails during contractions with their first child. They sought to fundraise in 2008 with a fledgling company and a new baby, and were turned down by everyone.

By 2009, things started to get easier, and nearly $200 million in capital since, Eventbrite has been a long-rumored potential IPO candidate.

I discussed all of this with Hartz-- including why Kevin stepped down as CEO and why she stepped up. We also discussed the importance of more female co-founders and prominent women in the Valley actually becoming CEOs. Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer was one of the few.  

We spoke about the confidence gap that holds many women back... Including Hartz until recently.

 You can listen to the whole show below.

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