New York Times
Soraya Darabi’s post-Foodspotting venture, Zady, aims to captivate consumers with a combination of stylish products, well-reported stories and transparent supply chains.
Women in the alternative investment industry lack opportunities to prove themselves, and some become discouraged, the respondents said. “Old boys’ club” was a phrase that multiple respondents used.
By William Alden (DealBook Reporter, NY Times)
An index from the professional services firm Rothstein Kass showed that female hedge fund managers produced a return of 8.95% through the third quarter of 2012. By contrast, the HFRX Global Hedge Fund Index, released by Hedge Fund Research, logged a 2.69% net return through September.
“People expect mothers to be less committed and therefore give them less responsibility and pay them less from the start.”
By Joan C. Williams & Rachel Dempsey (Authors, The New Girls’ Network)
An article in this weekend’s New York Times shed some more light on Silicon Valley’s worst-kept secret: it has a woman problem. Its look at female founders of tech start-ups who also have children shows a remarkable lack of self-consciousness about Maternal Wall bias, the strongest and most open form of gender bias today.
According to the article, women make up 10% of founders at high-growth tech companies, and raise 70% less capital than men do. There are a lot of reasons for this; we discussed sexual harassment in our last post, and we’ll take on the meritocracy myth
Looking ahead, investors may find themselves at a disadvantage if they don’t invest in companies run by women, including those with children. That’s because “women are going to be a huge force in developing Web and mobile companies,” says Ms. Lee at Kleiner Perkins.
By Hannah Seligson (Contributor, New York Times)
Fledgling companies are like sticky-fingered toddlers. You’ve got to watch them every single minute.
And yet a small group of women is proving that it’s possible to start a high-growth technology company and have children at the same time. They are dispelling the image of the tech entrepreneur as a single, usually male, wunderkind. Consider Jennifer Fleiss, 28, co-founder of Rent the Runway, an online dress and accessories rental site with 2.5 million members. She gave birth to a daughter, Daniella, in December.
By Brit Morin (Founder & CEO, Brit)
Subscription services have been around for more than a century. Generations before us were the first to enjoy subscriptions to magazines, newspapers, and more. As a kid, I even remember being forced to go door-to-door to sell subscriptions for wrapping paper. (Side note: Who really needs a monthly subscription to wrapping paper?)
Only in the past several years has our friend, the Internet, disrupted the traditional subscription model of the media monoliths, forcing them to think about new ways to offer online subscriptions as well as free versions of their content.
By Andrew Vande Moere (Associate Professor, K.U.Leuven University)
The New York Times graphics department produces some of the best visualizations in the world. We have seen its director, Steve Duenes, give a talk about some of their best works and provide some answers on their internal approach.
Who I had not seen talk before, however, is Amanda Cox, whose name is often featured on quite some innovative works, such as the voronoi treemap showing the Consumer Price Index, the interactive timeline revealing Michael Jackson’s career statistics, the streamgraphs that map how people spend