The Qooq wins the award for most French product ever, because who else would market a tablet with a shot of a gravity-defying egg, red pepper, whisk and whatever that brown dust is. Incroyable.
If you ask almost any guy, why there aren’t more women coders, the answer you’ll get will likely be generalized and/or superior. If you ask a woman, and she didn’t give you a personal reason, the answer would probably be just as generalized, except with less superiority in tone, obviously.
The reason this happens is that no one really knows why; All answers to the “Why aren’t there more women in technology?” question are imperfect. It’s basically a chicken and egg problem. There are not that many because there are not that many, if there were more, there would be more i.e. with more visible programmer role models younger women would view coding as a normal thing and perhaps pursue it as a profession.
It’s when the superiority of one gender versus another gets projected onto this malleable phenomenon that things get ugly.
For what it’s worth: I am not a programmer (yet) because no one told me why programming was important until it was a lot harder to learn. Hopefully this will be different for my daughters and my daughters’ daughters.
Also for what it’s worth, if we’re going to stretch the chicken and egg metaphor, in this case the women did come first.
Forced myself to wear the loudest sweater I own to Disrupt yesterday, to see if I could pull it off.
Just sit right back
And you’ll hear a tale
A tale of a fateful trip,
That started from this online portal,
Aboard this tiny Aol ship.
Tim Armstrong was a mighty sailin’ man,
Susan Lyne was brave and sure,
A thousand passengers set sail that day,
For a three hour call,
A three hour call.
(Context: There is a three hour long, mandatory Aol Brand Group all hands call happening right now. Techcrunch has decided against liveblogging it.
Disclosure: I both work at and hold shares in $Aol. )
Is TechCrunch a trade publication? Not entirely, though it does perform similar announcement-type functions. I would argue that we’re a hybrid of a trade pub, journalistic organization and plain old Internet blog .
—Yes, I’m testing out Medium
3. Talking about being an average student in college and getting fired from Salomon Brothers. He was an EE major and student body class president. And that firing came with a $10 million severance package.