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“Too Few Women In Tech?”

During my daily technology reading today I came across TechCrunch‘s article Too Few Women In Tech? Stop Blaming The Men by Michael Arrington. In the article Michael Arrington discusses his reaction to The Wall Street Journal blog Addressing The Lack Of Women Leading Tech Start-Ups By Shira Ovide.  In the WSJ blog, Rachel Sklar advises that her organization, Change the Ratio,  wants to shine the light on women entrepreneurs “so that the next time TechCrunch is planning a TechCrunch Disrupt, they won’t be able to not see the overwhelming maleness of it”.  The blog also points out that there were only 14 female founders among 208 firms funded at the  prestigious start-up incubator Y Combinator.

Michael Arrington took offense to some of the feedback provided by Sklar pointing out reasons why there are not many women attendees, speakers or startups at TechCrunch Disrupt. TechCrunch Disrupt is an influential three-day, single-track conference and startup competition to immerse attendees in the debate about what’s changing in technology right now, what’s causing it and what startups need to do about it to survive and thrive in real-time.

In summary, Arrington describes the issue not as TechCrunch’s problem but a women’s problem. According to TechCrunch they tried very hard to find Women In Tech but they just can’t find them and not enough women want to become entrepreneurs.  You can read the entire TechCrunch article here. Pay close attention to the derogatory comments that have gone unfiltered by TechCrunch.

I admire TechCrunch as a leader in Technology, but after reading their article today I am sadly offended. I am especially surprised that Michael Arrington, the founder of Tech Crunch wrote the article.

I wrote some feedback on their blog asking them to consider using the power of Social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn) to find Women in Tech to speak. Also suggested they pick Heather Harde’s (TechCrunch CEO) brain to find a couple of Women in the industry or have one of  their women editors write an article to nominate Women in Tech and have the Top 5 Women speak.  Their Facebook fan page boasts over 82,000 people who “like” TechCrunch. Seems to me like the perfect forum to post requests for nominations.

I’ve been in this industry for over 20 years and have walked along side some of the most talented women in this industry and I find it hard to believe that no women are out there.

A leader is supposed to embrace a problem and find a solution.  I hope that TechCrunch and Michael Arrington will put forth effort to lead and find a solution to improve relations with Women In Tech and have higher attendance of Women in Tech at TechCrunch Disrupt.

Do you agree or disagree with TechCrunch’s article?

What other suggestions would you give TechCrunch?

5 Reasons to attend #ConnectOC 2.0: Children & Community

 

 

 

OC Professionals!  Mark your calendars for ConnectOC 2.0 .  It’s time to get your business cards ready and come on out and connect with new or existing ConnectOC friends!   [Read more…]

What is Your EAT PRAY LOVE?

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EAT PRAY LOVE movie rolled into theaters on Friday, August 13, 2010 and debuted at #2. I did not read the book, but was very curious about the movie because of the cast and producer Brad Pitt.

Julia Roberts plays an amazing leading role as Elizabeth Gilbert a recently divorced author who gives up everything to travel the world for one year on a Spiritual and Personal Journey. She goes to Italy to Eat, India to Pray and finds Love in Bali. EAT PRAY LOVE was directed by Ryan Murphy (who also created Glee) and filmed in chronological order in Italy, India and Indonesia. The movie also features great acting by Billy Crudup, James Franco, Richard Jenkins, Javier Bardem and Viola Davis. Another interesting fact about the movie is that the double mozzarella pizza scene in Naples, Italy is filmed at L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele, the memorable restaurant Elizabeth Gilbert originally went to. There is a lot of Food and Love throughout every scene.

I absolutely loved this film! The movie was not predictable and the actors made all the characters come to life. I enjoyed watching the food in Italy, the food in India and really wished there was a lot more food in Bali. In fact, I enjoyed the food so much I went on my own Eat Pray Love dinner after the movie at a local authentic Italian restaurant and another Eat Pray Love Brunch the following day – – you will definitely want to discover the pleasure of eating after watching this film.

There is also a wide range of diverse music in the film. The blend of Classic, Contemporary and Brazilian music will make you Happy! Some of my personal favorites were Heart of Gold, Samba da Benção and Got to Give it Up which you can find on the EAT Pray Love movie soundtrack.

This movie will make you take a closer look at yourself, your relationships and reflect on the loves of your life, family and friendships. The film will encourage you to take the time to revive and empower yourself. You may even walk away asking yourself, What is my EAT PRAY LOVE?

I walked away from the movie with a greater appreciation for other countries. I found that even though we have many cultural & religious backgrounds, men and women have many similarities when it comes to matters of the heart. We need to take more time to reflect, revive, renew and restore our souls — not necessarily by traveling the world for a year — but by balancing our busy lives by traveling and taking pleasure in EATing –and LOVing the people around us.

Did you watch the movie EAT PRAY LOVE?
What is your EAT PRAY LOVE?

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