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.