Tag Archive: Microsoft

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    by Angie Chang

    Hackathons Change Your Life. Seriously.

    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!

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    by Angie Chang

    Getting On Microsoft’s Board Of Directors

    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.

    Studies tell us that three is the magic number to achieve immediate and measurable bottom line results but the She-Board needle isn’t moving. As Personnel Today recently observed:

    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.

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    by Angie Chang

    Women In Technology – Past, Present, Future

    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.

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    by Angie Chang

    Microsoft Bing’s Betsy Aoki At PITCH 2012 (Video)

    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.

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    by Angie Chang

    6 Takeaways From Discussion With Women 2.0, Astia, 85 Broads

    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.

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    by Angie Chang

    The Changing Workplace: Women Entrepreneurs

    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

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    by Angie Chang

    Show Some Love For Female Startup Founders

    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

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    by Angie Chang

    Living In The Cloud: Your Office, Your Terms

    Editor’s note: This is a sponsored blog post from Microsoft. Thanks to Bing, the first 100 applicants to the Women 2.0 PITCH Startup Competition are FREE!

    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

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    by Managing Editor

    BostInnovation: Figure Out Who You Are, Ignore All The Rest

    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

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    by Angie Chang

    Can Product “Disruption” Become a New Paradigm?

    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

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    by Angie Chang

    Tech is Really a Man’s Man’s Man’s World

    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.