One of the hardest steps in transitioning into the start-up life is that you’re building everything from scratch and you’re doing so with a tiny fraction of the resources you would have in the corporate world.
We won’t sugar coat it. This whole journey is definitely hard. But we’ve learned that when you believe in something enough, nothing can stop you. Running a start-up isn’t easy, but it will be worth it.
The tipping point for us was when Susan Fowler published her blog post about the harassment and discrimination employees faced at Uber. As women in the tech industry, we were all too familiar with her experiences. We were pretty fed up with this reality, so we decided to do something about it.
We first launched our guide for targets of sexual harassment to inform employees about their rights and options in the workplace. Thousands of individuals accessed our guide and shared their stories with us about how they wished this guide existed a long time ago and what resources they needed most. We knew we were onto something.
Since then, we created a nonprofit dedicated to empowering employees to create a safer and more inclusive workplace! We create content and tools for employees to learn more about their workplace rights and options; and we have a resource center where we connect employees to different organizations and groups that offer legal guidance, therapy, support, and more.
We have more tools and resources in the works for both survivors and allies, so definitely stay tuned for those developments at BetterBrave.org. 🙂
Many of us spend more time at work than at home. It’s a basic human right to feel safe in the workplace. Our goal with BetterBrave is to create a safe space where victims and allies are empowered with the best information and tools to take action in a way that is right for them.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler
We joke about how co-founders are basically married couples, but it really is the best analogy! A successful partnership is grounded in trust, respect, and communication. We trust each other to take ownership of the responsibilities related to our roles, have tons of respect for each other, and are not afraid to openly talk about the good, the bad, and the ugly related to work.
We also like to get shit done and have the complementary personalities and skill sets to make it happen together too. It’s so important that founders fill in each other’s gaps and support each other in focusing on their respective strengths.
This approach seems to work well for us since we’ve successfully worked together for nearly three years!
Grace: Reconnecting with nature and spending time with friends and family.
Tammy: Filling my spare time with all kinds of random hobbies. Some of my faves include sketching, writing haikus, escape rooms, and yoga.
Grace: Comfort above all else.
Tammy: Wear what makes you happy.
Blue Bottle Coffee, Tartine Bakery, Dolores Park, SF MOMA, Boba Guys, Exploratorium, Palace Games Escape Rooms
Grace: “Be gentle with yourself. There’s a lot of work that we have to do. There’s always going to be a lot of work to do. But you have to take care of yourself. Taking care of yourself is part of the work. I challenge you to find joy in your life. I challenge you to lean in to that joy and let that joy lead you. I want you to live and let your living– let your existence be resistance.” – Tarana Burke, founder of #metoo
Tammy: ^Ditto. Life is a marathon, not a sprint. As a workaholic, I personally struggle with following this advice. But it’s so, so important. If we want to live to create the world we want to see, we need to take care of ourselves (especially our mental health).
Grace: Speak your dreams into existence! (It truly works.) Have the confidence level of Kanye West. Don’t chase the destination so hard that you forget to enjoy the journey.
Tammy: Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want or need in life. Worst case, you’re back to where you were two seconds before you asked. Best case, you get what you asked for.