This week’s women in tech interview features Nesrine Amrani. Nesrine is a 28 years old Product Owner, who decided to found her own company a year ago. She studied at the same Engineering School as I did, same years. I’m happy to see how brave she is to engage in such an adventure. If any of you can help her and give her some support on this journey it would be amazing.
Could you start with a small presentation, so we can get to know you better?
Hello! My name is Nesrine, I’m 28 years old and I was born and raised in Morocco. I moved to France almost 10 years ago, and I currently live in Paris. I used to work as a product owner in tech, but I quit my job to found my company a little over a year ago.
I’m a bit of a bookworm and a podcast addict, and I also enjoy the outdoors very much!
What motivated you to work in a tech field?
I had my mind set on becoming an engineer, and because the tech field is an ever-evolving landscape, I found excitement in the idea of working on cutting edge projects and being part of something that was never done before.
How did you learn your technical skills? (self-taught, college, bootcamp...)
My technological skills developed mainly at college at first, and my enthusiasm for tech kept me always on the watch for new trends. However, it was after starting my startup adventure this past year that my skills grew the most, as I came to need and develop a lot of versatile knowledge.
How is it to find a job in tech?
Finding “a” job in tech isn’t that hard I would say, but finding the right job for you, where you’re in adequacy with the company’s values and their business culture, is a much more complicated process.
Have you experienced imposter syndrome? If yes, could you tell us a little about it?
Impostor syndrome is a reality that a majority of women experience through doubting themselves and their achievements constantly, as well as living a feeling of lack of legitimacy. I would say that it’s mainly because, as women, we’re missing that sense of rightfulness that men usually have, especially in fields where we’re a minority, and we’re therefore quick to feel as we don’t belong.
Being a female CEO in the tech field holds more challenges than for our male counterparts. But in my experience, it is feminism that prevented me from developing this issue. Being aware of this phenomenon, and especially the causes that lead to it, helped me realize that it is due to societal and systemic biases, rather than some kind of lack of skills.
How do you feel about being a minority in tech as a female? Have you had any uncomfortable situations to share? Or a funny situation?
It can be a challenging situation. In my past jobs, I’ve had a couple of managers call me “little missy”, I found it very demeaning, but it led me to want to prove myself even more.
Today, as a female co-founder of a tech company, I embrace the fact that I’m part of a minority, as I feel part of a new wave that’s paving the way for future women to choose a career in tech, without having to think twice about it.
What do you like about your job?
What I love most about being an entrepreneur, is the ability to create a product from scratch, see it come to life, and experience the satisfaction of customers actually using your solution and finding value in it.
Are you happy with your career choice?
Eventhough it’s been a rocky road since I started my company, I’m absolutely happy and convinced with my choice!
How do you expect to grow in the future?
It is a fact that it takes time for startups to take off and find success. I would say that in my experience, the biggest challenge has been the uncertainty that’s felt during that time. Therefore, what I long for the most is reaching that achievement so it can be a full circle for this adventure.
What would you say to a girl/woman who wants to start a career in tech?
“Growth and comfort can’t ride the same horse”. This is a quote that I love because it speaks to the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone. Although the safety of a familiar situation can be reassuring, the thing with familiarity is that it won’t allow you to discover new experiences or live new challenges.
Be willing to feel the fear and discomfort, it is the only way to reach your goals, and there is no shortcut around it.
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If you want to follow Nesrine's company, here is its LinkedIn and official website :
Tools I use for this site
- I buy all my domain names on Namecheap, as thetrendycoder.com
- The hosting of this website is made on Bluehost.
- The website is created with WordPress.org (and not WordPress.com).
- I use the page builder Elementor because it makes it easy to create modern pages with drag and drop.
- I have multiple websites, and on most of them, I use themes from wpKoi. I love their design, they are very original and work well with Elementor.
- All the designs and images are created using canvas.
- I use Grammarly and languagetool to correct all my spelling and grammar mistakes.
- SEO is a big thing on a website, I use a WordPress plugin called YoastSEO to help me with the basic analysis. I also use a tool called Keysearch for choosing the right keywords.
- To handle affiliate links, I use two platforms: impact and ShareASale.
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