Change the Ratio
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.
By Angie Chang (Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0) & Harrison Kratz (Community Manager, MBA@UNC)
In 2012, women continue to leave their mark in business in industries around the world. Not only are women starting companies at 1.5 times the national average, women are also excelling in the classroom at record numbers; women now hold more bachelors and graduate degrees than men.
Rather than having the conversation of having women in the workplace, the conversation has evolved into having women lead teams, companies, and ultimately drive results across the boards.
There is still much work to be done in ensuring that
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.