Co-founder and CEO of Musiio Hazel Savage sat down with JAXenter for an interview forming part of their “Women in Tech” feature.
Hazel Savage spoke with JAXenter as part of their “Women In Tech” feature, which explores the highly topical issue through interviews with prominent female figures in the tech inudstry. Detailing the path that took her from working in HMV, to landing a job at Shazam, to founding her own software company, the Musiio CEO commented on the obstacles roadblocks that many women face when trying to find a place for themselves in the technology sector: “I think it goes back as far as education, in subconscious ways women are pushed out of certain subjects, areas of study, or even clubs and they face the same naysayers I faced very early on, and sure, I could ignore the messages telling me “I couldn’t” but not everyone can, and frankly why should they, it’s a disadvantage from day 1.”
She also offered invaluable advice for any women seeking to build a career in tech: “As with all the Gen Alpha’s, learn to code! It’s such a valuable skill. Also when starting out, look for great startups to join. It’s said 80% of all jobs are never posted publicly, so learn to tap the unlisted job market and find opportunities (and there are tonnes of ways to do this), and then…hustle.”
“In startups the challenge is that early-stage founders often hire people who are ‘just like them’ and since most founders, and funded founders are male it’s super common to see startups of 5 to 10 people or more and they are all male. So it’s hard for women to access these roles.”Hazel Savage