But my business partner, Katie Zenger, raved about femme x COLUMBIA. It’s a social club and coworking space that aims to curate progressive spaces that use the power of community to advance women. She was adamant that femme x’s atmosphere, mission, and gorgeous castle-like historic location were perfect for our next venture.
I had to know the details, and so I grabbed a few minutes with Nell Fuller, founder and CEO, to find out how she runs a company that’s nothing like “WeCrashed.”
How do you make the experience of working in a femme workspace different from any other cowork spot?
Our mission and vision are grounded in moving women forward through community, so right out of the gate, the culture and the energy of the space set us apart. We’re housed in a historic home built in the 1830’s and restored in 2020. Most coworking spaces tend to have warehouse, tech-bro vibes with concrete floors, classic ping-pong table, and red solo cup vibes.
I wanted to build out a space that catered specifically to folks craving beauty and comradery in their workspace. It's inspiring just to be in the space enjoying incredible local artwork, unique furniture, warm wood floors and antique Persian carpets.
Even more important, we create a culture that celebrates our need for social relationships and supportive networks. An escape from the hyper-competitive masculinity that plagues the start-up world. Isolation is taxing on our mind, body, and soul. Together at femme x, we catalyze community, making Columbia the destination in the South for ambitious, imaginative, creative women entrepreneurs who value community, excellence and a commitment to mutual support and growth.
How do you know when you’re not being taken seriously as an entrepreneur?
The signals are the same signals we have all felt as women: mansplaining, eye rolls, unsolicited advice on how what we are working on could better fit into the capitalist economy that they are most comfortable with.