I believe that’s why the myth soldiers on… to keep us from talking.
By Tara Hunt (Co-Founder & CEO, Buyosphere)
My #1 pet peeve is the “women don’t support one another” myth that gets thrown around all too often and by men and women alike.
First off, let me agree that there ARE some awfully insecure men AND women who will talk behind one another’s backs to make life more difficult.
My advice, avoid them, but don’t jump to conclusions about an entire gender because of one nasty person. (My mother always taught me, “If someone is talking nasty about someone
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 Hadiyah Mujhid (Co-Founder, Black Founders)
It was never my intention to write about racism and meritocracy. Mainly, because I hate “talk” and prefer to “do”. Not saying that “talk” and discussion isn’t helpful, but its never been my thing, I “do”. So it slightly pains me to add to the “talk” with another blog post about racism and meritocracy.
First, my opinion on the media frenzy (CNN Black In America, Arrington, etc) that has taken place in the last month. Honestly, many of the points covered, (in blog posts and interviews), miss the mark and are shameful attempts for media coverage.
By Eric Ries (Contributing Writer, TechCrunch)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t have missed the recent dust-up over race and Silicon Valley. Like almost every discussion of diversity and meritocracy in this town, it turned ugly fast. One side says: “All I see is white men. Therefore, people like Michael Arrington must be racist.” The other responds, “Silicon Valley is a colorblind meritocracy. If there were qualified women or minority candidates, we’d welcome them.”
I’d like to say a few words about this, but I want to do so under special ground rules.
By Vanessa Camones (Founder & Principal, theMIX agency)
As the head of a public relations firm that represents tech startups, I’m well aware of the pressure that entrepreneurs face to get attention for their young companies. There’s no question the goal of hundreds, if not thousands, of startups is a profile in TechCrunch. It can make a company — or at least that’s the commonly held view.
But it’s also a gamble that’s often not worth taking because TechCrunch founder and editor Michael Arrington has proven he’s willing to use TechCrunch as his personal vehicle for settling scores. It’s why I advise my clients to steer clear of him.
By Julia Hu (Founder & CEO, LARK)
Startups are ridiculously hard, but so fulfilling, and filled with life. Looking back at the last week at our international launch, looking back at these last few years leading up to this, I’d love to share a few learnings as an entrepreneur, as a woman, and a new fiancée through LARK.
What is LARK? We help people sleep better, and better together. LARK wakes you up silently and feeling great — without disturbing anyone else.
At night, LARK tracks how well you’re sleeping with an actigraphy sleep pattern sensor, packaged in a lightweight wristband wirelessly connected to the iPhone, When you wake up, see how you slept through the night on the iPhone and your personal online dashboard. Like your fitness coach, LARK has a sleep coach service designed with a pro-athlete sleep coach, that coaches you to better sleep by looking at your sleep patterns.
How LARK got started
About two years ago now, I woke up not naturally at 5am at a Saturday. This is because my boyfriend wakes up to go exercising and meditating every morning with an alarm clock, hitting snooze every time while I’d get jolted awake. This Saturday had been at the end of a busy week so I was mad at my sleep disturbance and realized this was going to happen for the rest of my life.
I pitched my idea at a one minute business plan competition at MIT (listen to the pitch here). After the pitch, so many people came up to me and expressed the same problem — with a roommate or partner. Sharing the problem with people was powerful and I was amazed to learn that here was a dormant seemingly universal problem. I started LARK that day.