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Why Pink STEM Toys Aren’t Helpful

Why Pink STEM Toys Aren’t Helpful

Creating pink STEM toys in an effort to lure young girls into the pursuit of STEM careers is a bad mixture of sexism and consumerism, as it stereotypes and pigeonholes young girls with ideas of who they are, or should be, and is also a lame attempt at boosting toy sales. Here are four reasons why it is ridiculous to make pink STEM […]

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How Much Of Your Data Would You Trade For A Free Cookie?

How Much Of Your Data Would You Trade For A Free Cookie?

by Lois Beckett ProPublica, Oct. 1, 2014, 12 p.m. This story was co-published with Mashable. In a highly unscientific but delicious experiment last weekend, 380 New Yorkers gave up sensitive personal information 2014 from fingerprints to partial Social Security numbers 2014 for a cookie. “It is crazy what people were willing to give me,” said artist Risa Puno, who conducted […]

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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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A Senior Executive At HP Predicts More Women In Top Tech Jobs

A Senior Executive At HP Predicts More Women In Top Tech Jobs

Silicon Republic  recently reported that  Bethany Mayer,  HP’s senior vice-president and general manager of Network Functions Virtualization Business, thinks that it’s only a matter of time before we see more women in top tier tech jobs. In recent weeks we spoke to Mayer about how she believed  the culture of leadership in the technology industry is changing  and the proportion of female leaders in senior […]

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This Is Why Tech’s Diversity Won’t Change Any Time Soon

This Is Why Tech’s Diversity Won’t Change Any Time Soon

This Is Why Tech’s Diversity Won’t Change Any Time Soon (via Dice News in Tech) Since Google last week gave the world a look at the diversity of its workforce—or lack thereof—the tech media has been full of articles dissecting what most people already knew: The industry is pretty much male and white. Google said that just 30…  

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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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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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What Makes – Or Breaks – Tech’s Top Women

What Makes – Or Breaks – Tech’s Top Women

What exactly does it take for a woman to become a household name in the tech world – a Marissa Mayer, Sheryl Sandberg or Susan Wojcicki? In many ways, it takes the same characteristics as it does for men, according to Telle Whitney, CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, a Palo-Alto non-profit that focuses on women in technology. “Women who […]

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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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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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Awareness Accomplished. Now Let’s Actually Do Something About San Francisco’s Housing Problem

Awareness Accomplished. Now Let’s Actually Do Something About San Francisco’s Housing Problem

Awareness accomplished. Now let’s actually do something about San Francisco’s housing problem (via Pando Daily) By Sarah Lacy On January 8, 2014 More than a year ago, Farhad Manjoo wrote a post titled “San Francisco can become a world capital. First it needs to get over itself.” It couldn’t have been more prescient. In it, he discussed the growing anger… […]

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Midwestern Entrepreneurs Feted At Pipeline Awards Gala In Kansas City

Midwestern Entrepreneurs Feted At Pipeline Awards Gala In Kansas City

On Thursday night the Midwestern digerati gathered at the beautiful Arvast Bank Theatre at the Midland in downtown Kansas City, Missouri to celebrate some of the brightest stars in the region’s high tech sector. This was the annual Innovator of the Year gala hosted by Pipeline Entrepreneurs.   It may come as a surprise to people in the myopic world of […]

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5 Tips for Women To Get Ahead In Tech

5 Tips for Women To Get Ahead In Tech

5 Tips for Women to Get Ahead in Tech (via Dice News in Tech) Women engineers who are eyeing the CTO’s office face a number of challenges as they make their way up the ladder. But despite having to handle everything from stereotypes to biases in a male dominated environment, women can up the odds when putting…  

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