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6 WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS SHARE HOW THEY RAISED VC FUNDS
Research shows women investors only make up 4.4% of the industry, which may be partly to explain why women-led businesses only get 4.2% of venture capital funding. But research also shows that male entrepreneurs are 40% more likely to get VC funding than female founders. While the stats prove the entire industry still has a long way to go, not all female entrepreneurs have had a difficult time raising venture capital. Below, six women who have successfully acquired funding explain how they did it, what problems they ran into, and what advice they'd give to others.
Posted on 16 Jan 2015
The powerful woman behind Intel's new $300 million diversity initiative
Intel president Rene James is building a pipeline of female and other groups of underrepresented engineers and computer scientists. They decided to go public because they feel like this needs to be broader than Intel, to get others on board and really meet the objectives in the next five years. Over the next few months, James and Rosalind Hudnell, Intel's chief diversity officer, will not only figure out how to collaborate with other tech companies but also formalize the team that will be working on Intel's own Diversity in Technology initiative. They will also determine which organizations they will partner with to help build out the pipeline of women and minorities with tech-job skills.
Posted on 16 Jan 2015
GIRLS WHO CODE 2015 Summer Immension Programme
The Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program represents an innovative approach to computer cience education, pairing seven weeks of intensive instruction in robotics, web design, and mobile development with engaging, career-focused mentorship and exposure led by the industry's top female entrepreneurs and engineers.
Posted on 16 Jan 2015
Women in Tech: Kaylyn Gibilterra from Women Who Code DC
The Washington D.C. Metro Area is full of dozens of organizations dedicated to lowering the barrier for women and minorities in tech. DCFemTech, a collective of DC & Metro area women and minority focused organizations is launching a series of interviews with women in tech leaders to highlight their group's mission, culture and events. The goal is to help women and minorities navigate the local tech scene to find a group that best fits their needs.
Posted on 06 Jan 2015
Why It's So Difficult For Minority Women To Find Mentors
At 26, Natalie Madeira Cofield was living in Washington, D.C. and running her own consulting firm, which included high-profile clients such as Citibank, the University of Rochester, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the United Negro College Fund. While Cofield was already well on her way down a successful professional path, she knew she wanted mentors to help her navigate the way. She quickly found that while the men were more than willing, the women-especially black women- weren't even responding to her emails. decided the only way to fix her problem was to launch an organization, and that was the beginning of Walker's Legacy, a global business women platform. Formed in 2009, the organization was named after Madam C. J. Walker, the first self-made female millionaire in American history.
Posted on 06 Jan 2015
Microsoft quietly makes good on promise to reveal diversity stats, posts Equal Employment data
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did make good on his promise to release more diversity statistics before the New Year. Even if no one noticed. Nadella made headlines at Microsoft's shareholders meeting on Dec. 3 when he publicly promised Rev. Jesse Jackson, who attended the meeting, that he would release the company's federal Equal Employment Opportunity form, or EEO-1, by the end of the month. The company released percentages earlier this year showing women made up 29 percent of the company's workforce, but civil rights activists have pushed companies to release the federal form, which contains more information.
Posted on 06 Jan 2015
Where are all the female computing students?
Recent figures show that only 5,604 female students are currently enrolled in university computing courses, compared to 24,908 male students. In other words, for every one woman study computing, there are just over five men: the lowest proportion of female computing students in recent years. With so few girls graduating with these vital technical skills, the UK economy is missing a number of opportunities for growth, innovation and success. These figures seem to fly in the face of increased efforts to encourage girls into computing, from the recent Hour of Code and the Your Life programme, to computing clubs for girls and the new school programming curriculum. So why aren’t existing programmes to encourage girls to participate in STEM working?
Posted on 31 Dec 2014
Dismal diversity record in Silicon Valley
Rainbow PUSH successfully challenged companies to release their workforce diversity data. The racial and gender composition in their boardrooms, C-suites and workforce has been researched. The data is undeniable, and underscores the systemic under-representation of Blacks, Latinos, and women in the industry, claimed Rev. Jackson at a technology forum at Intel Corporation. Most companies have between zero and 3 percent Blacks in their tech workforce; virtually the same for their non-tech workforce. Of the 20 companies they researched, there were only three African Americans out of 189 total [on the] board directors; just one Latino, one hundred and fifty-three men and just 36 women. Eleven (over half) have all-White boards. Of 307 top C-suite leaders, there are just six African Americans and three Latinos. Two hundred and forty-four men and just 65 women. Seven of the 20 companies have all-White leadership.
Posted on 31 Dec 2014
The good, bad and geeky: 55 quotes that defined the tech industry in 2014
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was an age of Super Bowl victories and ridesharing disputes, an age of foolish statements about women in tech and rocket explosions. Welcome to GeekWire’s 2014 Year in Review - compiled through the top quotes of the year. As you’ll see below, it was quite a year in technology. Enjoy, and thanks for reading GeekWire.
Posted on 31 Dec 2014
Nancy Zurbuchen: Gender gap in the technology industry needs closing
The recent gender gaffe by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella illustrates the blind spots within an organization that can subtly undermine inclusion of women. When speaking at a women-in-computing conference this fall, he indicated that women don’t need to ask for pay raises; instead they should trust the system to pay them what they are worth. In reacting to instant criticism, he said he was repeating what he has been told early in his career and had no idea it would be bad advice for women.
Posted on 31 Dec 2014

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