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She Started It screens at 3S Artspace Jan. 24. Courtesy photo.




She Started It film and discussion

Where: 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth
When: Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. (film screening at 6:30 p.m., panel discussion with local female founders at 8 p.m.)
Admission: Free, all ages welcome
Contact: 3sarts.org




Women in tech
She Started It screens at 3S Jan. 24

01/19/17
By Kelly Sennott ksennott@hippopress.com



 How many female tech entrepreneurs do you know? Chances are good the number’s small; according to stats compiled by She Started It filmmakers, women create just 3 percent of tech startups. They receive less than 10 percent of venture capital funding and run only 4 percent of Fortune 500 companies.  

“Most women don’t go into technical careers. There just aren’t a lot of women [in the field] and it’s a little intimidating, which is unfortunate,” said Lori Tiernan, who lives in Portsmouth and is the co-founder of Bhive, a service- and goods-trading tech service for small businesses.
Tiernan is one of four female entrepreneurs participating in a discussion after a screening of She Started It, a 2016 documentary focusing on getting more women in the tech industry, at 3S Artspace Tuesday, Jan. 24. 
The event is organized by HubSpot, an inbound marketing software company with headquarters in Cambridge and an office in Portsmouth. Company members felt the film presents important messages that need to be spread, said Annie Misarski, office manager at HubSpot Portsmouth. 
“Our company has a big focus on diversity and inclusion, especially heading into 2017. We want to see more women in science and technology and more women in executive roles,” Misarski said.
She Started It follows five women under the age of 30 — Thuy Truong, Stacey Ferreira, Sheena Allen, Brienne Ghafourifar and Agathe Moliner — who compete and thrive in the competitive “boys’ club” of high tech startups. The women come from all over, and filming happened on location over the course of two years. 
“This movie gets at the fact that we don’t tell enough stories about women who are kicking ass with their own start-ups,” Misarski said via phone. “The movie’s aimed at telling those stories to young girls, giving them role models and saying, ‘These are women just like you, under the age of 30, who are founding million-dollar tech companies!’”
After the screening, Katie Burke, vice president of culture and experiences at HubSpot, moderates a discussion with local female founders, including Kendall Tucker, founder and CEO of Polis; Amy Cueva, founder and chief experience officer at Mad*Pow; Stefany Shaheen, co-founder and president of Good Measures; and Tiernan.
“It’s great for girls,” Tiernan said. “It’s important to have these female trailblazers setting an example for others.”
Tiernan said she’s noticed these kinds of conversations growing in big cities like Boston and New York, so it’s nice to see that it’s moving to New Hampshire. 
“Sexism certainly exists in most industries in the United States, and we need to start talking about it,” Tiernan said. “The good thing about tech companies is people are talking about it there, and they’re trying to fix those issues.”





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