Nine Inspiring Lessons From Boston’s Women In Tech Story Slam

Nine Inspiring Lessons From Boston’s Women In Tech Story Slam

It’s an incredible time to be a part of the Boston tech industry.

That fact couldn’t have been clearer last week when LaunchSquad’s own Erica Orthmann hosted a Women in Tech Story slam at Microsoft’s Cambridge outpost. The event, which brought together six powerhouse women in Boston tech, was part of HUBWeek, a seven-day celebration of Greater Boston’s tech, science and art community.


Each of the storytellers, representing some of Boston’s most influential female executives, shared a 10-minute “only in Boston” story about career collaboration. We heard from:

Julia Austin, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School
Cynthia Breazeal, Founder and Chief Scientist at JIBO
Laura Fitton, Inbound Marketing Evangelist at HubSpot
C.A. Webb, Partner and Co-founder at
Daphne Zohar, CEO at PureTech
Sheela Subramanian, VP of International Operations at JANA

It’s safe to say everyone in the room left feeling more inspired than when they walked in the door. Here’s a small sampling of the stories and lessons LaunchSquad’s Boston office is still buzzing about days after the Story Slam:

    1. Chase your obsession—always. It doesn’t matter if that’s Whole Foods’ company mission or robots.
    2. Networking is like stepping stones. Start with the people who know you and work up to the people who can directly help you do what you want to do, making connections along the way.
    3. Sometimes it makes sense to stick around when the going gets tough and find a way to break through. Other times, if you’re not bringing your best self, it may be time for the next step on your journey. Listen to your gut when deciding what will get you where you want to go.
    4. Don’t compare your insides to other people’s outsides. You are enough!
    5. If you’re not sure what your passion is yet, that’s okay. Talk to everyone about what you love and want to do until you figure it out.
    6. Always be curious and take advantage of every opportunity. You never know where that curiosity will take you next—and who will provide that next opportunity.
    7. Don’t be afraid to embrace what makes you weird.
    8. It’s amazing what happens when you start making connections—especially if those connections are happening in Boston.
    9. And finally, a good story is a very powerful thing!

When it comes to Boston tech, C.A. Webb said it best: “I’ve doubled down on Boston. I’m here to stay.” C.A. let us in on a story about her first date with her now-husband. She needed to know if he planned to stay in the city long-term, because if he didn’t, it would be a deal-breaker for their relationship. Thankfully, he saw the same amount of potential as she did.

Thank you, Julia, Cynthia, Laura, C.A, Daphne and Sheela for telling your #WomenInTech stories and for making Boston such an awesome place to build a career in tech.

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