We are proud to announce that our Co-Founder & CTO, Tanvi Bhardwaj, was recently named on Beauhurt’s list of the UK’s Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs under 30, coming in at number 3. With this achievement in mind, we thought we would take the opportunity to look back at Tanvi’s accomplishments and gather her thoughts on the topic of women in tech.
Catching the tech bug early.
Tanvi always had a keen interest in tech, especially from a young age. Some of her earliest memories of this included making a deal with her parents as a means to get her first computer.
“I made a deal in my early schooling days with my parents, which was when computers were quite still quite expensive. The deal was that if I finished in the top 90% of my class, they would buy me one. Well safe to say my motivation was high and at the end of the year, I finished amongst the top of my class, in fact, I finished in the top 90%.“
This set the course for Tanvi’s career. After completing a degree in Computer Systems Engineering where she finished with First Class Honors from the University of Manchester, she spent time at Indian-based startup Chatimity, a social chatting app. Her key achievements include building the iOS platform from scratch and helping the company reach over 3 million active users.
The challenges of the lack of gender diversity in tech.
Today as Co-founder and CTO of MishiPay, Tanvi has noticed the lack of gender diversity in the tech industry and says it can add pressure to women in the industry.
“I think there is definitely a problem with the lack of diversity in the sector – it’s an obvious statement but an important one. I read in a report that women in tech are outnumbered 4:1 in the UK. This diversity issue really filters into the other challenge which is being a woman in tech means that you will stand out in a group. This can add extra pressure to perform as there is a sense of having to prove you are there on merit, and not because of a diversity quota”
Developing a community of inclusiveness.
Realising the challenges women face in the industry, Tanvi says that there are some great resources out there to help women in the tech sector develop a sense of community and inclusiveness.
“I think local coding and technology social groups are really important. They allow you to find other people working in the tech industry but outside of your company. The friends you make here can give you support and a network outside of your own work environment. Often at events, people share some of the brilliant projects they are working on, that is one of the things I love about the tech industry – there is a real community who want to share their ideas.”
With this in mind, Tanvi says that there are 2 key tips to help women get the most out of a career in the tech industry.
“Embrace the fact that the tech industry is constantly growing and developing, so to succeed you need to sign up to be a lifelong learner. And stay focussed on the tech, remember why you enjoy it. For most people in the tech industry, it isn’t just a job, but also a hobby and a passion. If you can keep yourself inspired and driven then it will be reflected in other elements of your career.”
And for newcomers, she believes that keeping inspiration and backing your ideas is some of the best things you can do.
“I think whatever you do, just be inspired. Technology is such a creative and liberating area, something which I think a lot of people don’t realise. You might have a crazy idea, but tech gives you the knowledge and tools to make it a reality – you just need to have the guts to give it a go. There isn’t anything more satisfying than making your ideas a reality, especially when it solves genuine problems in people’s lives.”
Tanvi Bhardwaj – CoFounder & CTO
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