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Dreamforce brings Jessica Alba, Susan Wojcicki and The Killers to San Francisco

Gayle King interviews Jessica Alba and Susan Wojcicki at Dreamforce in San Francisco. Photo  credit Mira Veda

Dreamforce 2015 launched the first ever Women’s Leadership Summit, featuring some of tech and business’s most inspirational and influential women, including YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, New York Times-bestselling author and founder of  The Honest Company , Jessica Alba. Talking about the future the speakers discussed how Tech and Business must embody positive values including gender equality, making it easier for mothers to work […]

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World Economic Forum And Schwab Foundation Honor Social Entrepreneurs of 2015

World Economic Forum And Schwab Foundation Honor Social Entrepreneurs of 2015

A lot of revolutionary creativity is happening in Asia right now. The World Economic Forum on East Asia was hosted in Jakarta on April 20th, where the Schwab Foundation honored the most notable social entrepreneurs of the group. These entrepreneurs are social innovators in their country, striving to make a difference and help those who are most in need. What’s […]

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Guess What Happened To This Entrepreneur When She Stopped Working

Guess What Happened To This Entrepreneur When She Stopped Working

In May I had the pleasure of covering Ingrid Sanders’ inspiring presentation at the Big Omaha tech conference. Sanders is the founder and CEO of Popexpert, an online learning site that connects users to experts in the skill or discipline they’ve always wanted to master. In her presentation she talks about the counter intuitive career move that led to her […]

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​The One Rule For Building Your Company Culture

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By Heidi Roizen At about 6am on an otherwise uneventful morning, the fire sprinklers in T/Maker’s stockroom went off for no apparent reason, destroying almost everything in the room. The timing could not have been worse. We were on fumes financially — pre-VC and bootstrapping by a razor thin margin. The latest update of our product was in beta, but […]

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What Holds Women Back? Other Women

What Holds Women Back? Other Women

It’s truly unfortunate when any woman who identifies herself as a feminist tries to validate negative stereotypes about women.   Self-professed feminist (I don’t believe she understands what the word means) Clarissa (her last name is not listed on her blog) posted a scathing blog by a guest blogger who appears to be unnamed, denouncing women from any future employment at […]

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Women Entrepreneurs Impress At Big Omaha Tech Conference

Women Entrepreneurs Impress At Big Omaha Tech Conference

In addition to my duties at Lipstick and Politics I occasionally write for Silicon Prairie News (SPN), the organizers of   the Big Omaha tech conference. This year there was an excellent lineup of speakers at Big Omaha including Twitter co-founder Evan Williams (a native Nebraskan). I was particularly impressed with the effort to book women speakers.   SPN co-founder, Dusty Davidson […]

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Are Women Better At Running Social Enterprises?

Are Women Better At Running Social Enterprises?

By Janneke Lang Women in the Traditional Corporate Environment The recent cover article in The Atlantic Magazine, The Confidence Gap, discusses how women’s self-doubt limits their roles in corporate leadership, resulting in men holding the majority of traditional corporate leadership positions. The authors, Claire Shipman and Katty Kay, cite studies showing women “don’t consider themselves as ready for promotions, they […]

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How To Win Friends Who Influence People

How To Win Friends Who Influence People

By Heidi Roizen How on earth did I become the subject of a  well-known Harvard case  about being a master networker? During T/Maker’s early years, we had zero budget for public relations.   I knew certain journalists influenced markets, so I made it my goal to be someone they wanted to talk to.   I read their work, engaged positively with them, and was […]

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What I Learned Negotiating With Steve Jobs

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By Heidi Roizen Fresh out of Stanford Business School, I started a software company, T/Maker, with my brother Peter. He was the software architect and I was, well, everything else. Our little company was among the first to ship software for the Macintosh, and we developed a positive reputation among the members of the nascent developer community, which led us […]

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3 Great Ideas From 3 Great Companies At Launch Festival’s Demo Pit

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My job when I go to any conference is to hunt down companies that have either one female founder or are female-focused. I don’t just look for what these companies are creating; I look for who the founders are. It’s always interesting for me to meet female entrepreneurs who have adapted to the unbalanced markers  of Silicon Valley. Yes, there are […]

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Colorado Girl Scouts: No, We Don’t Want Cookies Sold Outside Pot Shops

Colorado Girl Scouts: No, We Don’t Want Cookies Sold Outside Pot Shops

Colorado Girl Scouts: No, we don’t want cookies sold outside pot shops (via Raw Story ) The Girl Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of Colorado and California issued statements on Friday in response to the story that a 13-year-old scout in San Francisco named Dnielle Lei sold 117 boxes of cookies in two hours when she set up outside […]

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Why Women Start Lifestyle Tech Companies

Why Women Start Lifestyle Tech Companies

Why Women Start Lifestyle Tech Companies (via Dice News in Tech) Women tech entrepreneurs in the retail and lifestyle space are increasingly gaining customers and attracting venture capital interest. Companies like Birchbox, Gilt, Rent the Runway and Foodspotting – as well as the women starting them — are establishing…  

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Chip (Wilson) On My Shoulder

Chip (Wilson) On My Shoulder

  By Jackie Brubaker At this point you’ve probably heard about Chip Wilson and his notorious statement in regards to the yoga pants his company Lululemon creates, “Some women’s bodies just don’t actually work for it”. Or, that he blames birth control pills on higher divorce rates, “Women’s lives changed immediately (after the pill)… Men did not know how to relate […]

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