Uncomfortable Conversations

Susan Scrupski

Yesterday was my 60th birthday. (#sayyourage) From the moment I decided to pursue a professional career, I knew I was going to pursue a career in technology. Over the 40 years I’ve spent in tech, it has gotten better for women, but baby, we have a long way to go.

In 2019, I want to start doing video interviews with influential women in Tech for the purpose of having a dialog about what, if anything, we can do to help move things along to speed up progress for the next generation/s.

My first interview is with Daphne Kis. Daphne, like me, is a Boomer. Unlike me, Daphne is a pioneer in tech and belongs to an elite club that helped create the platform I’m writing on today in many ways (and I don’t mean Medium; I mean the hardware and software running the Internet). She’s seen it all. I’ve written about Daphne before. I was thrilled and a little surprised she agreed to do this.

Here are the questions I asked her:

  • You’ve been an outspoken supporter for women-led startups. Yet, women are still an embarrassing fraction of funded new businesses. What’s the truth behind that inequity?
  • What’s your (fill in the blank)* professional story? We all have at least one.
  • How can we use the power we have today as influencers to turn the tide against a hardwired culture of misogyny in tech?

*blatant sexism, disenfranchisement, oppression, harassment, abuse, assault, worse…

As I listened to her answers, I could hear some of the feminist responses in my head, but I realized that’s why we’re doing this. We’re having uncomfortable conversations.

The interview in total runs about 25 minutes. I’ve broken it in up in two parts. Take a listen.

Susan Scrupski

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