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In this two-part guest series, Ellen Chisa shares her experience at Microsoft and how its review system affected her psyche and productivity.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to conflict between founders and engineering leaders. Here’s how to head off tension before it develops.
Julie Larson-Green’s appointment was the occasion for both sexist stupidity and a debate about whether a love of gaming is necessary for success in her role.
The entrepreneur bug bites early these days – just look at these amazing female finalists from Microsoft’s annual tech competition for students.
The former Microsoft exec joins the female-founded wearable tech startup to steer it through rapid expansion.
To ensure innovation continues, women must be part of the conversation and ecosystem.
The beauty of a virtual hackathon is that you can still have a life. No need to find childcare, reschedule your dentist appointment or not have time to grocery shop. A virtual hack is all about hacking in your free time!
By Agnes Lam (Founder, CoderCharts) & Pamela Day (Founder, PocketScience Labs)
I know that might sound a bit dramatic, but it is true. Ask anyone who has participated and you will discover that it is like nothing else.
A group of people, often strangers, coming together to make something from nothing, solving problems, working together, pushing their skills – improving their skills, and having a blast.
It can be a bit frustrating if you live outside of a geography which provides a constant stream to choose from. The solution? A virtual hackathon!
Today, Klawe advises her students to know what they like but to ask themselves what the world needs. Klawe knew her passion, but the world didn’t need math. It needed computer science.
By Victoria Pynchon (Co-Founder & Principal, She Negotiates)
Everywhere we turn these days, we’re being told that it’s imperative to our economic recovery to get women serving on Boards.
When it [comes] to drawing up short-lists, women [are] put at a disadvantage as they were judged on their ability to “fit in” with the values, norms and behaviors of existing board members, who were mostly men.
This week, I delivered two keynotes to middle school and high school girls interested in tech careers.
By Gayle Laakmann McDowell (Founder & CEO, CareerCup)
The first one was for the Philadelphia area awards dinner for the Aspirations in Computing Award, and the second was for a wonderful event called Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology. I’ve printed my message below which addresses why everyone – both boys and girls – should consider a technology career.
I wanted to talk to you today about why I think technology is such a great field to enter. But, first, I think I need to tell you a bit about who I am and how I got here.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
In an interview at the 2012 Women 2.0 PITCH Conference, Betsy Aoki, former Xbox product manager now runs startup outreach for Microsoft Bing, talks about previously working at a startup in Seattle, the need for women-focused events in a male-dominated industry, and appreciating the networking opportunities at Women 2.0 events.
For more sage advice from the speakers at Women 2.0 PITCH Conference, click here.
By Sukrutha Raman Bhadouria (Organizer, Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners)
Earlier this week, I attended a panel discussion about women entrepreneurs at Microsoft’s office. Representatives from Women 2.0, Astia, 85 Broads, Women in Public Policy (WIPP) and National Association for Women Business Owners (NAWBO) talked about best practices and practical advice for women entrepreneurs at this “Your Office, Your Terms” cloud event. Sepideh Nasiri represented Women 2.0 on the informative panel.
I learned a lot about the challenges a woman could face when starting her own company, and how to be prepared for it.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
San Francisco is teaming with women who have the technological know-how to solve daily problems. These innovative solutions apply to all fronts and industries, ranging from:
- Finding new dishes instead of restaurants (Foodspotting)
- Getting kid-friendly entertainment delivered to your door (Kiwi Crate)
- Leveraging the quantified self for self-improvement (LARK)
- Maximizing efficiency (TaskRabbit)
What do these these female-founded startups have in common? Women entrepreneurs have found
By Betsy Aoki (Senior Program/Product Manager, Bing)
I first met Lori Anne Wardi, a vice president at .CO, during a Geeks on a Plane tour of Asia last fall. While on the shuttle to and from various startup accelerators and meeting spots, we chatted about the wacky dot-com 90s and how things have changed (and stayed the same) in startupland since those days. More consumers know what a domain name is now but people are still faced with the dilemma of how to fund and shape their new companies. And, just like the 90s, there is still a marked shortage of women tech entrepreneurs.
To that end, I’d like to offer up a resource that will be useful to men and women startup founders – the Bing Booster
By Maggie Chan Jones (Director of Cloud Services & Office 365, Microsoft)
The United States Microsoft Office 365 team is honored to host the Women 2.0 Los Angeles networking event at our Microsoft Store in Century City mall on December 2, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm.
The event will address and generate discussions around how Microsoft technologies make remote working easier, a topic that is becoming increasingly critical in today’s workplace, particularly among professional women. The event will support Microsoft’s “Your Office, Your Terms” campaign, designed to educate women on the benefits of remote working and
By Melissa Ablett (Marketing & Events Coordinator, BostInnovation)
Today at Microsoft’s second annual Women’s Leadership Forum there was no cheer-leading about “girl power,” rather just powerful women who are making a difference.
Organized by Microsoft, MITX, the Commonwealth Corporation, and others, the NERD Center was filled with women (and a few very lucky, seemingly lost men) eager to attend the long line-up of speakers, panels, one-on-ones, and networking.
Sara Spalding, Microsoft’s Cambridge Site
By Sarah Tavel (Senior Associate, Bessemer Venture Partners)
Facebook is an incredible company, and it’s incredible for many, many reasons. But one of the things that most impresses and amazes me is Facebook’s relentless reinvention. The company has disrupted its product, and therefore its users, on multiple occasions. I’m sure everyone remembers the backlash Facebook weathered when it launched its newsfeed. And of course, we’re still less than a month into Facebook’s newest disruption, this time to its profile page.
Facebook is in rare company. Microsoft, to its credit, disrupted its Office product suite by introducing the ribbon (which was probably a great change for my mom, but drives me
By Linda Forrest (Associate, Francis Moran & Associates)
Reading a recent post about the role formal education plays in entrepreneurship, I was reminded of an article I read a few months ago about the “real reason women quit engineering.”
In Stemming The Tide: Why Women Leave Engineering, two University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professors report on their survey of over 3,700 women with engineering degrees. They found that just one in four women who had left the field reported doing so to spend more time with family.