Eileen Carey and Lauren Mosenthal, founders of Glassbreakers
May 26, 2015
This month we are celebrating two young, inspiring entrepreneurs, #Noisemakers Lauren Mosenthal and Eileen Carey. They’re not only disrupting the tech industry and work environment they’ve inhabited for years, they’re also creating mentoring opportunities for female peers with the launch of their networking site, Glassbreakers. This newbie startup (launched in January and already has 10,000 women signed up) is all about partnering women in tech and advertising with women mentors. Impressed? Mosenthal, CTO, built the algorithm for the matching herself, and Carey, CEO, worked in corporate communications for Citigroup and MarkMonitor before starting Glassbreakers in 2014. Their philanthropic and feminist mindsets, along with their entrepreneurial and tech skills, make the perfect combo. We are excited to see what’s next for them!
Here, we speak about what inspires them to make noise these days, their favorite fashion brands, off-duty activities and what advice they give to professional women out there!
NM: What do you feel is important to make some noise about in today’s world?
Generally, equality for all people—anyone should make noise and actively work toward whatever cause or problem they are passionate about solving. You become a stronger person by making noise when you encounter or see injustice in the world.
NM: Through Glassbreakers, you have made it easy for professional women to find mentors and be introduced to a professional community. Tell us about your own mentors and how they’ve inspired you in your careers:
Eileen: Before working on a startup, I only took roles working directly for strong women mentors. They were instrumental in my success navigating multinationals. Now with Glassbreakers, I have dozens of peer mentors I can rely on for support. I have monthly meetings with other women who are startup CEOs, and we just help each other with whatever problems we’re facing.
Lauren: Mentors have been crucial to my career. At AKQA, my mentor Chris Miller showed me that anything can be built with software, and the only limitation someone can run into is time. Chris and I worked together on hardware engineering, and it really opened up my understanding of how powerful software can be. I’ve had an amazing peer mentor, Kinsey Ann Durham, who started coding the same time as I; learning from one another’s experiences has made me a more confident engineer. Our Glassbreakers mentor, Jocelyn Goldfein, who was the former Director of Engineering at Facebook, is my inspiration for who I’d like to become.
NM: What advice would you offer young women starting off in your industry?
Don’t be afraid to fail, and always ask for what you want. In startup world, you will learn more by doing than by waiting for the perfect moment.
NM: How much does being a woman influence your work as entrepreneurs and leaders?
We’re more aware of the challenges of balancing work and family. Though we don’t have children, we are very careful to make our company culture inclusive for parents. For example, we created our maternity/paternity policy the moment we built our benefits package.
NM: What’s the most rewarding part about helping fellow professional women in tech and advertising?
Instead of just going to work every day, we wake up knowing we’re making the world a better place every day. We love what we do, and the women on Glassbreakers inspire us so much.
NM: If you could share a meal with any woman, present or past, who would it be? What would you ask her?
Gloria Steinem. We’d ask her to be on our advisory board so we could just keep hanging out with her. She’s our role model.
NM: What do you like to do when you’re off-duty?
Hiking! We love nature, and Northern California is full of beauty.
NM: Describe your closet in three words?
All Black everything.
NM: Designer crush:
NM: Latest tech obsession:
/giphy integration on Slack
NM: What’s next for Glassbreakers?
We’re a SaaS (Software as a Service) company so right now we’re focused on expanding our enterprise product and delivering the best experience to our end user.
Make sure to check out our conversations with other trailblazing women with bold voices here.
Photos by Guy Lowndes.