On this site we have written about fashion and baby product startups that are founded by women being labeled as ‘pink ghetto’ companies. Now with so many wedding and bridal companies launched by women popping up, we can’t help but think that these are also being put in this criticized group. But based on our talks with entrepreneurs, both entrenched in this pink-soaked ghetto and looking at it from the outside, the pink ghetto is actually a fine place for women to be. More
Topic: women in tech
Meet Elisa Camahort Page, co-founder and COO of the ground-breaking online network BlogHer, Inc., with its flagship conference Variety magazine calls the “ComicCon for women who blog.” Sure, she’s known as one of the fore-mothers of the term marketers love and many parent bloggers hate – “mommy bloggers” – but, as Camahort Page tells us, there’s much more to the site than that. More
In case you hadn’t heard, we are pretty obsessed with the new Bravo reality show, Start-Ups: Silicon Valley. We are especially obsessed with the three women on the show: Sarah Austin, Hermione Way and Kim Taylor. They have definitely given us some colorful plotlines so far from catfights at toga parties, to catnaps at meetings and sexist conversations with your boss. One thing for sure is, these three ambitious women are all going amazing places in their careers. We got to chat with each one about why they decided to do a reality show, being a woman in tech in Silicon Valley and live blogging dates. More
Maria Seidman, CEO and co-Founder of Yapp – the new way to create and publish mobile apps in minutes – always knew deep down that she’d be an entrepreneur. Her dad was a business owner, she married a business owner, and though she took the circuitous route to become one too, she always knew it was in her blood. More
Well, at least we are seeing some good things happen this week. According to Business Insider, Sheryl is about to cash in on joining Facebook early on. When Sandberg joined Facebook in early 2008, employees joining at the “director” level were granted .1% of the company. Employees at the VP level got around 5 times that, or ~.5%. Business Insider estimates that Sandberg probably got about 1.25%. More
Today is Ada Lovelace Day. For those of you who don’t know, Ada was considered to be the world’s first computer programmer. More than 150 years after her death, she remains an inspiring figure — and a reminder of why women still have so far to go when it comes to STEM careers. Yes, we have amazing women like Marissa Mayer and Sheryl Sandberg but women still only make up just 25% of the STEM workforce.
Wow. Someone doesn’t have a clear separation between her work life and personal life. But with a two week maternity leave, we already knew that about Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo. And show is using the tool of crowdsourcing to find a name for her one day old baby boy. More
For most high school girls, prom plans, college applications, pranks and puppy love are what make up the majority of senior year. But 20 year-old co-CEO of MySocialCloud, Stacey Ferreira was too busy launching her own business. She may have missed prom but she turned a tweet from Sir Richard Branson into a million dollar investment, so things worked out pretty well.
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Legos have often been called the most ingenious toy ever invented. In the novel Sophie’s World, Jostein Gaarder argued that legos deserve that title because they can be used to build just about anything. And some experts believe that if we give legos to young girls, it may help solve the lack of women in Silicon Valley problem.
It’s been a good year for Marissa Mayer. She became CEO of Yahoo, got pregnant with her first child and got the coveted cover of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women In Business issue. And she managed to do this even though she wasn’t even in the top 10 on the list. She came in at number 14. IBM CEO Virginia Rometty came in at number one. So why did Marissa get the cover and not Virginia? Both are very powerful women in the male-dominated tech industry and had major career boosts this year. But Marissa Mayer is the youngest woman on the list at 37 and has become more famous, especially in the last three months, than Rometty, which is why she got the cover. You can see the full list here. More
Sex is everywhere. It’s on television, in the movies, in every magazine, clearly books and in a way, it is the focal point of the 2012 election. Even though we feel we have seen everything in this day and age, sex is still a taboo topic, especially in many business circles. But what if you had to go into a room full of male investors and pitch the importance of female sex knowledge in Silicon Valley? Well, that is what the women behind the new women’s media brand Vixely are doing right now. More
A new report in The New York Times just showed that there are no women in the top inner circle at Google. We were all so thrilled when Marissa Mayer made the big move to Yahoo that we didn’t look closely at why she may have jumped at the chance. She, along with other top women at the company, have been sidelined in the last year due to a reorganization orchestrated by CEO Larry Page. Of the seven people Mr. Page appointed to lead product areas when he reorganized the company last year, just one, Susan Wojcicki, was a woman.“There was a point at Google when the cadre of women leadership was pretty strong,” said a former Google executive. “That has changed.” Does Google, and specifically Larry Page, have an issue with women? More
According to The New York Times, Silicon Valley may be one of the most fashionable places to work. Thanks to chic geeks like Marissa Mayer and Alison Pincus, Silicon Valley is no longer a drab place of suits and hoodies (well, except for Mark Zuckerberg.) Notable designers are actually coveting women in tech and catering to them. Silicon Valley has been injected with color and couture, mainly due to the fact that more women are working in tech and in more prominent positions and feel that they can finally dress the way they want. More