Mauria Finley learned the value of recruiting moms from stints as an executive at eBay and PayPal. Now she’s putting that insight to use at her new startup Citrus Lane – and it’s paying off big time.
By Mauria Finley (CEO & founder, Citrus Lane)
In recent weeks, two news stories from prominent business leaders have captured widespread attention: Marissa Mayer’s decision to eliminate certain flexible work policies at Yahoo! and the publication of Sheryl Sandberg’s new book, Lean In. Both topics have ignited debate about working mothers, specifically what they need to do to succeed and how corporate policy can help or hinder their career growth.
At Citrus Lane, we have a very simple perspective: We are succeeding because we’re hiring moms, not despite hiring moms.
eBay’s women in tech group is sponsoring tickets to women who enjoy coding or designing iOS apps.
By Jennifer Holmes (Organizer, iOSDevCamp 2012)
“Women in Tech” could mean a variety of different women, from the serious coder to the UI designer to the CEO.
Although occasionally women are in short supply in the engineering department, we are working hard to change that across the board. iOSDevCamp has always had good diversity in its attendees – and now it’s about to get a whole lot better.
eBay’s Women in Technology group is sponsoring free tickets to any women who enjoy coding or designing iPhone/iPad apps.
Check out the inspiring video series with Meg Whitman on Makers!
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Best known as eBay’s veteran CEO – she joined the company when it had only 30 employees in 1998 – Meg ran eBay as CEO for 10 years and scaled the company to over 15,000 employees and $8 billion in revenue. She took the company public and currently sits on the board of directors at Proctor & Gamble, Teach for America, Zipcar and Hewlett-Packard, where she is now the CEO.
Don’t formally ask people to be your mentors. Adopt mentors informally and don’t tell them.
By Sophia Perl (Product Manager, eBay)
It’s been awhile since I’ve been out and about in the Valley. Last Saturday, I attended Santa Clara University’s Women in Business Conference at eBay’s north campus, aka PayPal.
I’m a bit of hard person to please when it comes to talks. I get bored easily if the talk is too high-level, abstract with no takeaways. That Saturday morning, it was far the opposite. The keynote speaker Shellye Archambeau, CEO of MetricStream, gave a great talk on how to leverage your strengths as a woman leader and then some. It was a very educational and entertaining talk.
By Aileen Lee (Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers)
Good questions have been asked lately of tech companies without gender diversity on their boards of directors. While women comprise 51% of the population, they make up only 15.7% of Fortune 500 boards of directors, less than 10% of California tech company boards, and 9.1% of Silicon Valley boards.
Why should we care? For one, women are the power users of many products and it’s just smart business to have an understanding of key customers around the table. Could you imagine a game company without any gamers on the leadership team or board?
By Ryan Kim (Writer, GigaOm)
Though Silicon Valley has lured away plenty of startups, (cough: Facebook), New York is becoming a magnet of its own, attracting companies that want to build their businesses amid the bright lights of the big city. In the last couple months, New York has drawn former San Francisco startup Qwiki, PlaceIQ from Colorado and recent 500 Startups graduate Snapette, which started in Boston before spending the last half year in Silicon Valley.
These are just a few recent transplants but they show how New York increasingly makes sense
By David Zielenziger (Contributer, International Business Times)
Nobody would ask who the top 10 men are in U.S. technology because their ranks fill the executive suites at Intel, Apple, Texas Instruments, Google, Microsoft, Nvidia, Motorola Mobility….and on and on.
Finding the women is harder because there are fewer, especially at the CEO level, where they can really influence the company and the industry.
Here are a few more than 10 to start:
By Priya Haji (Co-Founder & CEO, SaveUp)
My entrepreneurial imagination gets inspired by seeing how I can help people through an innovative use of business or technology. My dad and my grandmother are my role models. My grandmother was part of Gandhi’s movement in India, and she showed me the importance of a commitment to improving the world.
The first social venture I started was in high school with my dad. We created a free health clinic in my hometown of Bryan, Texas, and it is still there serving thousands of people.