Femventures is a podcast about some of the adventurous women currently shaping the future of the tech industry. You’ll hear from women who head innovation departments, founded their own business, or are running start-up accelerators. Hosts Lisa and Leonie put the spotlight on female experiences in a male-dominated field and invite you to listen to the stories of these trailblazers as they talk about overcoming challenges, taking risks, and embracing failure. This show is an opportunity for people looking for actionable advice and inspiring female role models working in tech. The podcast is presented by SAP, the world’s largest provider of enterprise application software.
Building a Diverse Team
Tonja Erismann is best described as an enthusiast for all things creative and innovative. From founding her own start-up early in her career, to currently managing an SAP Services Ventures team and getting a degree in interior design on the side, Tonja is not one to easily get bored. Just as much as cultivating diversity in her own life, she passionately believes that empathy and diversity within teams are essential to generate innovation. Tune in to hear all about passion, balance, optimism, open communication and trusting your instincts!
Founding your Own Business
Creativity has always been at the core of who Erin Dierker is. When she was younger, she tried everything from pottery, to learning how to sow and even making her own puzzle books. She was always testing out news ways of exploring her creativity, and while her focus is different now, she still applies that same drive on a daily basis through her work as Founder and General Manager of Paid Pronto. In this episode, we’ll hear about Erin’s journey from strategy consultant to founder, her overcoming insecurities, the importance of scrappiness and how to build a “personal board of advisors”.
Investing in Female Founders
Vanessa Liu dreamt of becoming an astronaut but became an entrepreneur instead. She is a business builder, digital media entrepreneur and technology innovator. She has been founding, launching and re-launching six businesses for more than 20 years and has always been at the forefront of innovation. After launching a digital media venture fund, she now heads SAP.iO Foundries in North America, which are SAP's accelerators for B2B enterprise startups. In this very first episode of our podcast, we’re getting her insights on her own journey, her take on why few women receive funding and what we can do to change that. Tune in for clear insights, actionable advice and personal stories (like the one about her 79-year old mom counting Cardi B among her clients).