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Let’s get straight to it. I’m a young, female Managing Director working in the field of tech startups. Apparently, those facts alone are enough information for people to bombard me with the following questions: Is it difficult for you as a woman? Are you treated differently? How do you look at other women in tech?

Female leadership is a hot topic and I’m aware perspectives need to change. But to me, asking whether I’m treated differently doesn’t do the trick. My response to that question? To be honest, I do not think about ‘being a female entrepreneur’. Throughout my career…


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Ensuring each person in your team can succeed in their goals is essential. At least it is to me, and the people I surround myself with. As explained in my latest article on company culture, investing time in the diversity of personalities on your team is key to stay in motion. So who are they as individuals? What drives them? And what kind of activities ab-so-lut-ely drain your team members? I’d love to share some of the things I’ve learned.

The joy of choosing a role that suits you Within our startup studio Builders, we find it of utmost importance…


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Creating something out of nothing is a powerful feeling. When I got on a plane to China at sixteen, I was thrilled to do just that — start something fresh. Getting a grip on the material, exploring the mechanics of my first business. As an entrepreneur, I’m fascinated by implementing new structures and kickstarting processes. What is the switch that clicks the entire company into place, ready to grow?

Over the last ten years, I’ve built nine companies, and I’m still involved in operating three of them. In my entrepreneurial journey, I’ve tried to personally haul systems into place. …


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tl;dr Before growth comes company culture. Here’s our approach.

Company culture is becoming a buzzword, and for some, it may already is. Since everybody is talking about the importance of company culture, you might wonder who actually walk the talk. As we continue to grow our studio and ventures, we put great effort into creating an inspiring workplace. To be more specific, an environment to support a culture where people genuinely want to be part of. We said it once, and we’ll repeat it; we celebrate a work environment where people can grow towards their full potential and even beyond…

Sharon Klaver

👸🏻🥂 Gets excited about spreadsheets and champagne as Managing Director, and partner at builders.studio.

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