An article in GOOD points out how gender is one factor affecting the growth rate of entrepreneurs and discusses stats about women entrepreneurs that were revealed at the Women 2.0 conference.
Brad Feld and I are writing a book, Startup Boards, where we raise the fundamental question – can you proactively build an all-star, high-performing board?
By Mahendra Ramsinghani (Contributor, Forbes)
Today, no woman is giving a spirited “I have a dream…” speech to founders and entrepreneurs, seeking a balanced startup board. Such issues are best left for public company boards, non-profits or the likes of girl-scout cookie boards.
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.
Swisher told the story of a minor stroke she suffered last year. “After I had it, people came up to me and asked if I was finally going to slow down a little bit,” she said. “And that felt sexist. I can’t imagine anyone would have said that to a man.”
By Carly Schwartz (Writer, Huffington Post)
“I’m not going to give a whiny speech about how few women there are in tech,” Kara Swisher, legendary technology journalist and founder of tech news website All Things D, said during her keynote address at the Anita Borg Women of Vision awards ceremony.
Swisher would have been justified in whining. Women have been flagrantly underrepresented in technology fields since the Internet first changed the way we interact with the world nearly two decades ago.
Only 8% of venture-backed startups have female
Ellen Pao’s lawsuit allows our community to discuss these “women in tech” issues as real problems.
By Cristina Cordova (Business Development, Pulse)
TechCrunch reported that Kleiner Perkins Partner Ellen Pao sued her firm for gender and sexual discrimination. A friend immediately told me “Well that’s career suicide” and I can’t say I didn’t think the same thing. While few can comment on whether the allegations are true, this news does highlight some of the reactions the media and tech community have had to gender issues in the past.
By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)
I almost don’t want to write this post, because it brings attention to something I’d much rather be ignored. In the frenetic lead-up to the March 23 opening of The Hunger Games, there are articles about the movie’s restrictive costumes, about its “futuristic Appalachian” soundtrack, about its similarities with a Japanese film called Battle Royale. But few of them focus on one key point:
The Hunger Games is about a girl.
And not just any girl. The main character of the movie (and the novels that came before) is a badass teenager named Katniss
Miss Representation Screening (January 24 in San Francisco) Benefits StartOut’s Lesbian Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program
By Leanne Pittsford (Founder & CEO, StartSomewhere & Board Member, StartOut)
If you’re in the Bay Area, I hope you’ll join me January 24, 2012 at 6pm for a screening of Miss Representation benefiting StartOut’s Lesbian Entrepreneurship Mentoring Program.
Did you know: Women comprise over half the U.S. population, hold 51% of U.S. wealth and have 83% of purchasing power but only comprise 3% of leadership positions in media, 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs and women’s representation in politics is abysmal (we’re 90th in the world). Worldwide, women do 66% of the world’s work and earn only 10% of the world’s income.
By Whitney Johnson (Founding Partner, Rose Park Advisors)
“There’s a woman you have to meet,” said a male CEO during a recent meeting.
“She sounds terrific. I love meeting interesting people. …Any men you’d like me to meet?”
“Aren’t you married?”
“Sure am… Happily.”
We both chuckled. I then clarified, “In my experience, men have more power than women.”
By Anna Billstrom (Developer, Momentus Media)
Editor’s note: Founder and CEO of Lark, Julia Hu’s editorial on pitching for venture capital as a woman is an excellent read on women starting companies and raising VC.
As usual, Penelope Trunk is fanning the flames and creating controversy (Part 1 is here). Her latest is in TechCrunch, “Stop Telling Women to Start Startups” (ironically linked to by a female startup CEO friend of mine).
If you don’t know Penelope Trunk, she had a blog 10 years ago about job-hunting (based on
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
How’s this for an opening line: “I work for a large multinational tech company, I regularly hire woman for 65% to 75% of what males make. I am sick of it, here is why it happens, and how you can avoid it.”
The hot topic on Reddit this week:
Today I finished interviewing my third new hire this month, two of which are women. They both are getting paid substantially less than the man I hired earlier this month, and to be honest I am getting tired of that. I don’t set the wages, I just handle negotiations