In Her Own Words: Black tech entrepreneur Dr. Rachel Angel learns to shift
As our communities reopen, women reflect on what the pandemic has meant to their families, colleagues, customers and communities. Dr. Rachel Angel, founder of Peerro, an employment app, grew her business despite the challenges of being a Black female in tech.
"I am standing on a balance beam, eyes closed, heart beating, a drop of sweat falling just slow enough to make seconds feel like minutes. My hands are stretched out, so I don't sway too far left or too far right. Inevitably, I find myself rocking back and forth until I find my center. Covid was the gust of wind that came moments after I found my balance.
The journey to raising a million dollars came with much heartache and growing pains. Being a black, female tech entrepreneur is best experienced, not always explained. It is hard to describe the weight of resource deprivation and the silent dismissal of your abilities. There is often a nagging state of confusion. You wonder if you are limited by an unidentified shortcoming or the shortcomings of society. We know the dream is not impossible, it just feels disproportionately hard as if I am often standing on the wrong side of favor.