Terri talks to Andrea Barrica of O.School about how she is taking her successful startup experience with inDinero ,where she developed her vanilla cred, and is creating a safe place on the internet for women to learn about sex and pleasure and to ask for what they want both inside and outside of the bedroom.
Who is Andrea Barrica?
Andrea is CEO/co-founder of O.School, an online shame-free platform for pleasure education, powered by live-streaming and chat to help people unlearn shame, process trauma, and learn about sex and pleasure. Previously, Andrea co-founded YC-backed accounting and tax platform, inDinero.com, where she led sales and operations. She also served as a venture partner and entrepreneur-in-residence at 500 Startups, one of the world’s most active, global seed funds.
Andrea talks about how she went from being a linguist to being a co-founder of an accounting software startup in the Y Combinator accelerator that had raised $1M and how she never saw being an entrepreneur as an option. She simply wanted to help her friend.
Andrea talks how she would have been better off without any sex education rather than what she received. She talks about how learning about sex and pleasure from porn is like learning how to drive while watching the Fast and the Furious
Terri asks about what sex education is available both offline and online and how Andrea is trying to bring some of the magical courses available offline, online broader audience with O.School
Andrea talks about the importance of consent and giving people permission to have their desires; these are life skills.
Andrea talks about economic and social agency and agency over your own body
Terri and Andrea talk about economic opportunity and the shifting demographics that are creating new product and service opportunities for startups and investors
Andrea talks about raising funds for O.School from investors who really don’t understand the problem or the scope of the problem and resistance from investors because of their LPs (limited partners) as well as limitations on payment processing (or exorbitant fees and charges) or ads (like on Facebook) because of subjective things that put a company into a ‘high risk’ category
Terri and Andrea talk about the new and huge opportunities in FemTech, how some investors don’t know what FemTech is, and the investors who have been supportive and share her vision of making sure that everyone with an internet connection can get access to good, sex education
Andrea would wave a magic wand to increase people’s self-awareness at earlier ages
Terri’s Key Takeway
If you don’t have agency over your own body, how can you have economic and social agency?
You can follow Andrea on Twitter @abarrica or @odotschool or on her website at http://www.o.school/
You can follow Terri on Twitter at @terrihansonmead or go to her website at www.terrihansonmead.com or on Medium: https://medium.com/@terrihansonmead.
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