Ep. 51: dLocal CRO Michelle Vautier Blazes A Trail in Two Male-Dominated Industries
Michelle Vautier is on the founding team of dLocal, a tech company that gives people living in emerging markets access to e-commerce and helps companies expand their reach. In her career, Michelle brought Netflix to Latin America by enabling the platform to accept payments there. She even built Facebook Messenger payments, though a man is widely credited for the patent in her name. With both the tech and payments industries being male-dominated, Michelle is used to being the only woman in the room. But she has used this as an opportunity to lift other women up and has continued to say yes to opportunities that come her way, even when she didn't feel ready.
"Things disappear. Experiences don't. Experiences and things that happen in your life, you can't erase those. Invest in them. They make you a whole person, and that's always been a big driver for me."
We discuss her innovative career path, her experiences being the only woman in the room, finding her passion, letting go and seeing where things take her, being aware of opportunities and going for them, her experiences as a woman in Silicon Valley and technology, learning how to advocate for yourself, using your network to accomplish what you want, and the importance of not underestimating yourself.
"I cannot count the endless times I've been in a meeting and I'm the only woman in the room. That for me has been a challenge but it's also been an inspiration to blaze through that, to make that room. At Facebook, I was the first woman on the payments team. When I left, I think it was 70% women. Even at dLocal, I'm the only woman on the founding team and I made sure my team had a good mix. Both men and women have different skill sets and together they can build really amazing things."
In this episode, you'll learn:
"The no is already there. Try to go for the yes. Put your best foot forward. Take what you've learned and see how it translates into your next experience. Create a path for yourself."
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