--- This is what we asked the Dreamers // Doers community ahead of our Y Combinator interview.
--- This is what you said:
"It's a place that's truly authentic. It's about co-creating and lifting each other up versus the old model of competing."
"A HUGE part of why I love D//D so much is because it truly seems like it's for the women, community first. I love the candidness of the posts and responses, and the openness and randomness of it all. Minimal awkwardness and politics, maximum community and support. It's clear that everyone cares about helping each other, not just about helping themselves."
"D&D provides an opportunity for me to be more me. I've also found a renewed spark for what I'm doing and a renewed sense of joy for what I'm doing."
"I've started other businesses before and it felt incredibly isolating and there was a lot of pressure. I always quit and went back to a day job. This time though having D&D has made a difference. I feel like I have a community and lots of support. I think if I'd had a support system before, I wouldn't have quit my entrepreneurial endeavors."
"The network of women gave me the confidence that I could start a business. Without role models with whom I could identify, I don't think I would have had the courage (or possibly the realization that it was actually possible) to take the leap."
"None of the girlfriends I grew up with are starting companies, and this was the first time that I found true peers willing to listen - and provide advice from a woman's point of view."
"Seeing other women who have already done things makes it seem real and attainable. That makes it easy to bypass self-doubt because you might feel like no one else is trying to do what you are doing."
"The most valuable part of being involved with DD is having access to a community of highly engaged women who are rooting for each other to be successful. DD is different than other groups in its level of enthusiasm and activity. It has truly developed a culture for allowing women to enable the success of other women."
"We discuss anything from raising capital, maintaining personal balance, to how fertility issues affect our professional choices."
"The major benefit is that I need not GO ANYWHERE to experience the rewards of D&D given its online nature. Other offerings seem so much to rely on in-person get-togethers which are extremely difficult for me primarily because I have a son and when he's not with the nanny I am 100% devoted to making his life wonderful and incredible. And if an event does not guarantee something special (and most cannot) I do not bother going."
"SO valuable to see other women doing various projects, you get to see the steps they are making. Helps break it down in your mind and makes it real and attainable. When someone asks for help for an event or a client you get to look under the hood."
"Being part of a majority: having a safe space to discuss issues related to the full spectrum of what it means to be a woman in business. I've found that women are surprisingly unwilling to use their voices in public forums and social media. This for me reinforces even more how powerful D//D is, because women are not having important discussions in other places online."
"It has improved my productivity and since joining I've had that extra boost to hit a number of key milestones. As a bootstrapper, it's also easy to get sidetracked since there's no investors breathing down your neck for milestones.Somehow with this group I get a sense of accountability to push forward "succeed for the group", even if no one is really keeping tabs on me like that. It's sort of like "earning my keep" I suppose."
"I love the interaction with younger women and older women. I can't tell you how much I love this aspect of D&D. I have learned so much from that. I have loved working with women 10+ years younger than me and seeing posts from older women in the group."
"Having an accountability group that's unbiased and not hyper-connected to my day to day. Sometimes I feel more comfortable sharing personal life events and struggles with everyone because they are outside my immediate network."