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Ex-band manager Rebekah Campbell explains how she used the lessons she learned launching bands at SXSW to generate a ton of buzz for her startup on a shoestring.
My advice is simple – learn from Zach and Brian’s work. Before and during the event, they took what I would call extraordinary measures to make sure women not only attended but were fully engaged in leading.
By Lesa Mitchell (Vice President, Kauffman Foundation)
The book Startup Communities clearly states the need for inclusiveness as a basic tenant of a good startup community. Since the pipeline of women with STEM degrees has been bursting at the seams for years (except in engineering) one would think
It is no surprise then that four of the major global consumer tech businesses – Facebook, Groupon, Zynga and Twitter – have more female customers than male. However, each suffers from a lack of female representation at board level, and this is true throughout the business world.
By Wendy Tan White (Founder & CEO, Moonfruit)
A recent poll from The Telegraph found that while almost a fifth of young women would like to run their own business, just 3% wanted to become a CEO of a company.
The problem isn’t that women are unable to complete the requirements associated with these jobs — the problem is that women simply aren’t making the decision to.
By Maria Renhui Zhang (Founder & CEO, Alike)
It’s undeniable — there are simply fewer women than men in the various fields of engineering. In the software/technology industry particularly, there exists between a 5:1 and 10:1 ratio of men to women. This disparity is made worse by the fact that female engineers have double the chance of men to leave
Women hold the purse strings, but don’t control advertising.
By Kat Gordon (Founder, Maternal Instinct)
I have worked the ad agency beat. And here’s what I’ve learned: women hold the purse strings, but surrender that power when it comes to work environments. Can you imagine any other business case study that presents itself this way: “I control 85% of the power – of a multi-trillion dollar market – yet am 97% un-represented in its making.” Lunacy!
From MIT Startup Bootcamp to Grace Hopper Celebration, from PITCH Conference to Girl Geek Dinners, there’s no shortage of things to do.
When you’re assessing a space (virtual or otherwise) that you’re interested in being part of, one of the things you look for is evidence of other women’s presence. That’s not the only thing you look for but it matters.
By Lauren Bacon (Author, The Boss of You)
I‘ve worked in tech for fifteen years. In those fifteen years, women have remained a small minority in the sector, particularly in technical jobs (read: programmers/engineers/developers). A lot of people I know have bemoaned the numbers, and discussed various ways we might address the gender imbalance, but I haven’t seen a lot of success stories (There are some – don’t get me wrong. Just not a ton.)
A few weeks ago, though, something big and wonderful happened. And it is going to change the ratio.
It happened, by the way, thanks to a bunch of smart
Square’s Jack Dorsey Tweets Picture Of 13 Male Interns – And Lunch Of Sandwiches With Crusts Cut Off
First, hire 13 all-male interns for a technology company. Then tweet a picture for best results.
Women pursuing MBA’s are at an all-time high – they make up 1/3 of all MBA candidates.
Daily Muse founder Kathryn Minshew talks about applying and getting into Y Combinator.
By Doreen Bloch (Author, The Coolest Startups in America)
Formerly a consultant at McKinsey, Kathryn Minshew – founder of The Daily Muse, a destination website for women – has been named a Forbes 30-Under-30 and one of Inc.’s “Women to Watch in Tech.” Her work so far led to an acceptance to Y Combinator’s current class, where Kathryn and her team are working on taking the startup to the next level.
I spoke with Kathryn recently, and am excited to share her stellar advice for female founders, from why you should apply to Y Combinator to how to manage a large team.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
This week, we learned the numbers behind Facebook’s impending IPO – and that COO Sheryl Sandberg is Facebook’s highest paid employee, earning $30.8M last year.
The all-male board of Facebook makes you wonder why a company serving a user base of at least 50% women has no female representation on the board. We told ourselves that women board directors can build value and bring win-win strategies to the table – let’s #changetheratio here.
Women make up half the world population, but
By Rachel Sklar (Founder, Change The Ratio)
Here’s the deal: Starting today, there is going to be a LOT of money spent this holiday season. Much of it is going to be spent, directed or otherwise influenced by women. Women control over 80% of consumer spending, drive huge internet shopping sites like Gilt Groupe, Zappos and Groupon, and control the destiny of The Muppet Movie.
Aside from their financial spending clout, women also start businesses, too. See where I’m going with this? Of course you do: Women buying stuff + Women selling stuff = A beautiful, well-monetized match made in heaven.
By Grace Ng (Lead Interaction Designer, Snapette)
There is a giant push for more female entrepreneurs right now led up by empowering initiatives and resources like Change the Ratio, Women 2.0, WITI, and The Daily Muse. With so much support and encouragement from the growing women in tech community, now is definitely a great time to take your step and run after your dreams. But as a female entrepreneur myself, I would like to take this time to share some of my experiences and missteps
By Leslie Bradshaw (Co-Founder & President, JESS3)
When you think about the need for more women occupying more power seats, what comes to mind? How about things like the boardroom, the C-suite, the Fortune 500 and the Forbes 400? What about places like Sand Hill Road, Silicon Valley, Wall Street, Capitol Hill and The White House?
Well folks, add to your list: Wikipedia.
As the world’s #1 resource site in the world, we should all take pause in thinking about what it means that less than 10 percent
By Rachel Sklar (Founder, Change The Ratio)
The time is once again upon us: Y Combinator applications are due tomorrow. From there, Paul Graham and company will choose the next crop of Y Combinator startups, which will converge on Silicon Valley in January 2012 to innovate, iterate, develop, learn and build — and take a sweet check from Ron Conway and Yuri Milner while they’re at it.
The money isn’t why, if you’re an early-stage startup, you should find Y Combinator appealing. (If you’re the real deal, I’m pretty sure it’s not.) It’s because that program pulls together
By Rachel Sklar (Founder, Change The Ratio)
This Monday will see TechCrunch Disrupt kick off once again in San Francisco. Leaving aside the recent brouhaha about TechCrunch (get yourself caught up here and here here), it remains one of the most important and influential tech conferences around, lining up top-notch speakers, panels and attendees, making news and generating an epic number of tweets.That’s why it was such a big deal for me to speak on an all-women panel at last year’s event.
The “Women In Tech” panel at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2010 was added
By Emily Gannett (Co-Founder, Change the Ratio)
So what constitutes an amazing panel? Well, great content presented by smart people, of course, but another initiative important to the SXSW 2012 planning team this year is diversity. As the tech industry continues its rapid evolution, diversity of voices has been key in this growth with women-lead initiatives leading the charge.
Which means that in 2012 we should be seeing even more amazing panels led by women, right? Right — but it couldn’t hurt to vote for a few, just to be safe. To that end, Change The Ratio has
By Ellen Lee (Contributing Writer, Intuit Blog)
When it comes to women working in Silicon Valley technology businesses -— particularly women at the helm — the numbers remain painfully small.
Less than 5 percent of tech startups are founded by female entrepreneurs, estimates Shaherose Charania, co-founder and CEO of Women 2.0, an organization that helps foster female tech entrepreneurs.
By Veronika Sonsev (Founder & CEO, InSparq)
The tech industry has traditionally been a boys’ club — women have been under represented as developers, founders and c-level executives. However, thanks to traditional and social media, a network of loosely associated groups (Women 2.0, Change the Ratio, RailsBridge, Girls in Tech, Women in Wireless, etc.) and an army of women driven to change the ratio, we are starting to see some early signs of improvement: