Why is the tech startup world still heavily dominated by men? And what can we do to get more women involved? Slides for a talk presented @ Startup Day at Kino Šiška (http://coworking.si/napovedujemo-startup-dan-v-kinu-siska/)
Boys do it better? 1987: 42% of US software developers = womenENIAC girls, 1945:Frances Elizabeth "Betty" Snyder HolbertonBetty Jean Jennings BartikKathleen "Kay" McNulty Mauchly AntonelliMarlyn Wescoff MeltzerRuth Lichterman TeitelbaumFrances "Fran" Bilas Spence
It’s not cool being a geek.* * Even Barbie does it.
We have good role models! "If you can ﬁnd something that youre reallypassionate about, whether youre a man or a woman comes a lot less into play.” - Marissa Mayer, CEO @ Yahoo!
Tech myths “One myth is you have to be technical to be successful. You have to understandtechnology but you dont have to be the person who wrote every line of code. There is a broad spectrum of roles for people.” - Susan Wojcicki, SVP Product Management @ Google
“May the odds be ever in your favor” “We see that a company’s odds for success increase with more female executives at the VP and director levels.” “For start-ups with ﬁve or more females, 61% were successful and only 39% failed.”Source: Women at the Wheel; Do female executives drive start-up success?Dow Jones VentureSource
“There’s little correlation between a group’s collective intelligence and the IQs of its individual members. But if a group includes more women, its collective intelligence rises.” P.S.: It’s all about diversity and different perspectivesSource: Defend Your Research: What Makes a Team Smarter? More Women - Harvard Business Review
However ... "... women systematicallyunderestimate their own abilities.” “... men attribute their success tothemselves, and women attribute it to other external factors. ” - Sheryl Sandberg, COO @ Facebook