by CHRIS TOGNOTTI
Originally published: February 8, 2017
Maureen Fan, 36, is the CEO and co-founder of Baobab Studios, an industry-leading virtual reality animated film company. The studio has already drawn plaudits for Invasion!, its six-minute, Ethan Hawke-narrated VR short released in 2016. It's no secret that VR and tech are heavily male-dominated fields, but Fan smashed those gender stereotypes in the workplace by directly confronting them, and with the science to back it up.
Before launching Baobab Studios, Fan worked at Zynga, the mobile-platform and social media game studio behind such hits as Farmville and Drop7. While an executive at the company, she was frustrated with the fact that that she wasn't being promoted to General Manager, despite knowing she was "better than all the guys who were GMs," she tells Bustle. "And I started thinking that it was me, because you don't want to play the woman card, right? So you're like, 'It's not the system, it's me!' So it actually lowers your own self-esteem, which is really important not to do."