Taking a company public is perhaps one of the best days in a founder’s life — but out of the 7,000 companies that have IPO’d throughout history, only about 30 of them have been founded and led by women. One of those female founders is Julie Wainwright — and she’s done it twice.
Julie’s adventures in Silicon Valley are the stuff of legend. For more than 20 years, she’s been at the helm of leading tech companies, notably as CEO of Reel.com in 1997 and Pets.com in 1999 before founding The RealReal in 2011 and taking it public in 2019. We also get to hear details about her newest venture — this time in the health space — Ahara.
Julie gets candid about her success and struggles as a female founder in tech, and details how her entrepreneurial spirit always served as her guide.
At first, Julie says she found entrepreneurship intimidating, but she quickly got over that fear when she realized creating and leading companies was the only way she was going to be happy. “I was really jealous of entrepreneurs, and I think if you’re really jealous of something, it’s because you’re not doing it,” she says. One day, after shopping for consignment luxury clothes with a friend, the idea for The RealReal was born, “and I just ran with it,” she says, “I knew from day one it was going to work.”
Listen in to hear more about Julie’s incredible story — including details how she secured funding, and the ageism she had to combat. Subscribe to How She Does It on Apple Podcasts, and leave us a review if you’re loving the show!
Plus, to learn more from a female founder in tech, check out HerMoney CEO Jean Chatzky’s conversation with Ellen Pao, on diversity, inclusion and the future of tech.
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