Beavly: Young Women In Tech Disregarding Boundaries

Kelechi Udoagwu, Monday August 22nd 2016


This all-women startup has received international acclaim and funding from top accelerators – The S Factory, and Startup Chile. Started in Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), they came together with a love for dreaming, learning, building, traveling and innovating. Hear them share their experiences about working with their girlfriends, and breaking international boundaries as African women in technology.

What is Beavly?

Barbara: Beavly is an online platform that connects people who want to learn skills with professionals who want to teach these skills. We promote informal learning to get graduates and unemployed adults out of the house and on a career path.

What are some differences between working with men and working with women?

Ijeoma: Women pay more attention to details than guys. We also settle conflicts differently. We put our emotions into the conflict at hand while guys can easily say whatever and move on.

For me, as the CEO, I have to always pay attention to how my cofounder is feeling. Also working with women, you don’t have to worry about emasculating anyone. You can be as driven and successful as you wish. Women also tolerate more, and we are patient.

Barbara: For me, when working with guys, they pamper me a lot. They want to help me with my work, and rarely let me finish a task. It gets to me sometimes because it doesn’t help me grow. Also they tend to always leave sales to me. When going on sales calls, that’s when they want me to come along. Working with females, there’s definitely no pampering. I find myself growing more because I do everything myself. There’s also this competitiveness between women. Everyone wants to prove that they are good at what they do which sometimes is unnecessary. On the other side though, the competitiveness pushes me to exceed my limits.

Would you say that being an all-women team has made you progress faster?

Barbara: I have to admit that people recognize women more these days, especially in the tech industry. We have a lot more opportunities at this time. I think we are scaling and growing faster because people are eager to help us. For example: getting into the S Factory really pushed us forward, and we would never have gotten in if we weren’t women.

Ijeoma: Before S Factory, I never thought I’d be the CEO of a company, let alone travel to a new country to do it. But other than that experience, I don't think being a lady has pushed us forward. It’s not like when you get to meet investors, they say, “Oh see, she’s a lady, let's give her what she wants.” Nope, we work as hard as guys do. We write the same code. We seek the same funding.

You can read the full interview here on True Africa. | Written by: Kelechi Udoagwu