Harvard Business School: No Women Entrepreneurs

I was surfing around preparing for my class and happened to look at this page on the Harvard Business School web site. The page is called “Entrepreneurs” and it says, among other things:

“A video archive that captures insights from learning members of the School’s entrepreneurial community. Entrepreneurs speak on a common set of themes including their development as entrepreneurs, strategies for identifying opportunity, and leadership. (from Harvard Business School)

Notice anything?

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Not a single female in the picture. (And only a single female on the whole list, Orit Gadiesh) I got to thinking, there are lots of prominent female entrepreneurs. Are we to conclude that for some reason HBS isn’t generating them or that they were just overlooked by whoever made this page?

Provocative article about a sensitive topic

Eric Ries is locally famous as being one of the strong promoters of the Lean Startup.

He writes an excellent and courageous article that explores why it is that there seem to be many more white males starting new technology companies than other genders, races, and nationalities.

I say courageous because no matter what one says about the topic, he (or she) is sure to be attacked by some corner.

“Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you can’t have missed the recent dust-up over race and Silicon Valley. Like almost every discussion of diversity and meritocracy in this town, it turned ugly fast. One side says: “All I see is white men. Therefore, people like Michael Arrington must be racist.” The other responds, “Silicon Valley is a colorblind meritocracy. If there were qualified women or minority candidates, we’d welcome them.” (from Racism and Meritocracy)

It’s a thought provoking article.

Upcoming Web Innovators Group meeting

Just found out that the WebInno group is back in session after a summer hiatus. This is one of the best open meetings for techies and entrepreneurs to meet and talk and see each other’s stuff. Here’s the official blurb:

“The Web Innovators Group (WebInno) is comprised of people engaged in internet and mobile innovation in the Boston area. We aim to support entrepreneurs, visionaries, and creative thinkers in the field by holding events which foster community interaction.

Our regular meetings provide a forum for entrepreneurs from self-funded/early-stage startups to present new services to their peers, as well as an opportunity for everyone in the community to share and exchange ideas.

WebInno was founded and is currently led by David Beisel of Venrock.”

I am going! I suggest you may want to go too.

Click here to register. It’s free!

“What’s next in tech” event in Boston in June

If you live in the Boston area and somehow connected to technology professions you should be interested in this meeting being put on in June:

What’s Next In Tech – Where will the next waves of growth will come from?

Date: Thursday, June 25th
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM (ET)
Where: Boston University, School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, 02215
Price: $40

(If you are a student interested in attending this event and would like financial assistance, scholarships are available through http://www.stayinma.com.)

Take a look at the program, Scott Kirsner of the Boston Globe has lined up an impressive slate of speakers, both successful entrepreneurs as well as folks from the VC community. There will be discussion about mobile software, videogames, robotics, social media, cleantech, cloud computing, all potential major growth areas for us in New England.

I’ve been very deeply involved lately in what you might broadly call government transparency. Specifically my work is in next generation voting (as in democracy) technology. With what’s going on in the economy, and what seems to be the commitment from the current president, I suspect that too will be a growth area. Yes, a lot of the work going on now is non-profit/foundation driven but I say it’s a growth business, just like enterprise software was a few years ago. I hope there’s discussion of that too at this cool event.

If you are a Boston area entrepreneur, techie, student with a big idea, or all of the above, you should definitely come to this event.