Month: February 2012

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Creating New Generation Of Hackers With CoderDojo, GitHub

By Susan Hobbs (Conference Program Chair, TechCrunch) On Saturday afternoon a group of 30 pint size wannabe hackers gathered at the GitHub offices in San Francisco for the first CoderDojo in the United States. Irish teen sensation, James Whelton had traveled to San Francisco to take his highly successful social hacking education platform to the United States.

CoderDojo began in Whelton’s final year of high school when he convinced the administration to lend him a room to begin a computer club after school. What Wheton thought would be a handful of geeky friends getting together to share their coding skills

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The New Girls Network: Building A Bigger Pie For High-Growth Women-Led Companies

By Joshua Henderson (Director of Programming, Springboard Enterprises) There are incredible things happening in the startup world for women entrepreneurs.

Media platforms like Women 2.0, The Daily Muse, EZebis and The Next Women are showcasing the talents and expertise of women founders and entrepreneurs.

Investment firms like BELLE Capital, Golden Seeds, Phenomenelle Angels, KC Women's Capital Connection, Illuminate Ventures,

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From Semiconductor To Matchmaking: The Road To Dating Sauce

By Lien Nguyen (Co-Founder, Dating Sauce) I arrived in Silicon Valley full of energy, passion and optimism, as any new graduate should be in May 2004. I had finished my finals on a Thursday and then spent the following two days cleaning my entire apartment and shipping everything that I owned. I started my new job at Intel as a hardware engineer, leaving behind the calm and gentle cornfields of Illinois only four days after my last final exam.

When I was in school, I thought very little about my career. I always admired some of my friends who knew exactly what they wanted the minute they left college, but for me

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Why We Need To Foster Women’s Leadership In Education

By Harrison Kratz (Community Manager, MBA@UNC) Thanks to initiatives and leaders such as Change the Ratio, Women 2.0 and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, women’s entrepreneurship and leadership in business has been a hot topic over the last several years. While much progress has been made, the higher education system has yet to be a force in driving women business leaders and entrepreneurs. Seeing how education is still one of the key foundations in this country, this has been troubling. However, there are solutions that can boost the education of women in entrepreneurship

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3 Ways Startup Women Can Push Through the Glass Ceiling

By Geri Stengel (Founder, Ventureneer) Jorge Calderon was a venture capitalist who wanted to invest where others weren’t. He found his under-served market: women- and minority-owned businesses.

Only problem was, he couldn’t find entrepreneurs in that niche. He was sure they were there; he just couldn’t find them. So four years ago, he started Springworks to show women and minority innovators how to catch the eye of venture capitalists.

What he’s really doing is rebuilding the eco-system

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Tech’s Glass Ceiling Stronger Than Ever: Companies Aren’t Telling

By Bianca Bosker (Technology Editor, The Huffington Post)  

Though the tech sector prides itself on disruption, innovation, and a total disregard for the status quo, there's one part of it that appears impervious to change: the glass ceiling.

Even as other traditionally male-dominated sectors, such as financial services industry, have diversified their ranks by adding more female leaders, the tech industry has lagged behind in admitting women to top roles, as well as tracking their progress in the workplace, according to a Thomson Reuters report examining changes in gender equality between 2005 and 2010.

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Defining The “All” In “Having It All”

What should be evaluated critically is the definition of "all". By Leah Eichler (Contributing Writer, Femme-O-Nomics)

Can women have it all? It’s a question that repeatedly creeps up in this ongoing dialogue on women and careers. I frequently encounter contemporaries who believe it’s the duty of women in their 30s and 40s to warn this next generation that they cannot “have it all.” They fret about new graduates who are certain their future holds generous salaries, lofty titles, a partner with the same and maybe even kids in private school by the time they hit their mid-30s.

I never want to quash those dreams. I entertained them myself at one point and still believe the possibility exists for those

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Dropbox Acquires Online Collaboration Tool Cove, Co-Founded By Ruchi Sanghvi (AKA Facebook’s First Female Engineer)

By Samihah Azim (User Experience Product Manager, 6waves Lolapps) The past week has been a particularly exciting week for women in technology. First, mobile search engine startup Chomp, co-founded by CTO Cathy Edwards, was acquired by Apple.

Then Dropbox announced their acquisition of Cove, an online collaboration tool for groups, co-founded by Ruchi Sanghvi. She was also the first female engineer at Facebook.

Cove's founders, Aditya Agarwal, Ruchi Sanghvi, and Akhil Wable had previously been Facebook executives.

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Partner Event: Blumberg Capital, Madvertise, Ellas 2.0 Happy Hour

On Tuesday, February 28, 2012 in Barcelona, 54 entrepreneurs will have the chance to pitch Blumberg Capital's Alon Lifshitz, Jon Soberg, and Ryan Bloomer. They'll be available for 10-minute chats, and you set the agenda! After the pitch session join us for drinks and appetizers at the madvertise booth at Mobile World Congress. Happy Hour with Blumberg Capital and madvertise, in partnership with Ellas 2.0.

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Groupon Blog: Women 2.0 PITCH Conference

By Emily Moss & Kathleen Meil (Product, Groupon) Last week, we visited the Computer History Museum in Mountain View for the fifth annual Women 2.0 PITCH Conference. PITCH is a conference for women in tech to gather and mingle and learn from one another. As Groupon employees we were excited to spend the day schmoozing with developers, designers, and startup mavens and learning from some of the most influential women in the tech world.

The Women 2.0 crew pulled in the big guns for the thousand attendees, recruiting the founders and CEOs of some of the most well-known startups in the world as speakers and panelists. These women waxed poetic — literally, Caterina Fake of Flickr

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Startup Financing: “The 10,000 ft. View”

By Andrew F. Boardman (CTO, LearnVC) When negotiating a round of financing it is critical to look at the whole of what is being offered, and not just fixating on a particular term (the classic example is overvaluing the pre-money valuation).

There is a short term view (how much of the company are the investors buying for how much money) and a long term view (what happens if the company has a down round in the future? A mediocre exit? A home run?).

To help new entrepreneurs and future investors wrap their head around the whole thing, I've categorized the key terms

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