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Andrew Keen

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)


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Please join us from 6.00 to 8.00 on Tuesday January 21st for an interactive discussion about how to make the technology industry more inclusive to female entrepreneurs, engineers and executives. Sponsored by Ericsson and hosted by Bloomberg Beta at their San Francisco office.  This invitation-only event will be moderated by Andrew Keen, host of the TechcrunchTV show “Keen On” and will include Elizabeth Stark, Joan Blades, Vivek Wadhwa and Nilofer Merchant as panelists.

6.00PM - 6.30PM Appetizers & Drinks

6.30PM - 7.30PM Discussion

7.30PM - 8.00PM Drinks & Networking

For all its boasts about being a pure meritocracy, the tech industry in general and Silicon Valley in particular has done an inadequate job empowering women workers. Why are there so few female CEOs and senior executives both inside and outside Silicon Valley? What, exactly, is stopping women entrepreneurs being equal to their male counterparts in the start-up tech economy? And is tech’s male dominated engineering and programming culture intrinsically hostile to women?

It’s a complicated & controversial problem that has triggered a huge debate both in and out of Silicon Valley. Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer and best selling author Sheryl Sandberg says, not without controversy, that women need to “lean in”. But, of course, not all women have Sandberg’s Harvard education or her illustrious global network. While Y Combinator’s Paul Graham recently caused a controversy when he seemed to say that compared with young men, young women struggle as hackers. So what do women in technology want? How can we hack gender so that the exclusion of female talent in the tech industry no longer stymies innovation?

This salon style event brings together Nilofer Merchant, Joan Blades, Vivek Wadhwa, Elizabeth Stark and several dozen of Silicon Valley's leading start-up entrepreneurs, investors and thinkers to discuss how the tech industry can become more inclusive to women, both in terms of attracting the best and brightest from schools and universities and in guaranteeing that corporate culture doesn’t discriminate against female talent. Questions to be discussed at the salon include:

— How to encourage more women to study computer science and engineering at school and university?

— How established tech companies can encourage more female leaders in senior executive positions and to work on corporate culture that doesn’t exclude or insult women?

— How to encourage more women to become involved in start-ups, both as entrepreneurs and as engineers and programmers?

— How to challenge both overt and covert sexism inside and outside SiliconValley?

Have questions about HACKING GENDER? Contact Andrew Keen

When & Where

BloombergSF Office
San Francisco Pier 3, Suite 101
San Francisco, CA 94111

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

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Andrew Keen

Host of the TechcrunchTV show “Keen On”

Panelists will include:

Nilofer Merchant has personally launched more than 100 products, netting $18 Billion in sales. She knows what it means to lead teams to invent the next big thing. From working with Steve Jobs at Apple, to defeating Microsoft in an epic industry battle, to advising the C-Suites of GE, IBM, and Logitech, she's got a world-class pedigree in knowing how to build market advantage. Recognized as a Best Business Book of 2012, her Harvard 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra, published by Harvard Business Review Press, shares the formula for success in these modern and messy times.

Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Research and Innovation at Singularity University; Fellow, Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering,  Duke University; and distinguished visiting scholar, Halle Institute of Global Learning, Emory University. He is author of  ”The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent”–which was named by The Economist as a Book of the Year of 2012. He was named by Foreign Policy Magazine as Top 100 Global Thinker in 2012. In 2013, TIME Magazine listed him as one of The 40 Most Influential Minds in Tech. 

Elizabeth Stark is the founder and CEO of Threshold, an early stage startup that helps communities incentivize people to work on problems they'd like to see solved in the world. Previously she taught at Stanford and Yale about technology and the future of the internet. She is a cofounder of the Open Video Alliance, which promotes innovation and free expression in online video. Starkhas spent years working on open internet issues, and was one of the key organizers of the anti-SOPA movement that engaged 18 million people worldwide. She serves as a mentor with the Thiel Fellowship, an entrepreneur-in-residence at Stanford's StartX, and an affiliate of Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Joan Blades  is co-founder of Moveon.org and Momsrising.org. She is a Great Work Cultures champion and co-authored The Custom-Fit Workplace:Choose When Where and How to Work and Boost Your Bottom Line  winner of a Nautilus book award http://customfitworkplace.org/ - the core message- When employers create jobs that honor workers responsibilities at work and outside of work they benefit from high productivity, low turn over and the ability to easily attract talent when hiring.  She also co-wrote The Motherhood Manifesto which won the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize in 2007. She is a co-creator of Living Room Conversations, an open source effort to rebuild respectful civil discourse across ideological, cultural and party lines while embracing our core-shared values.  She is a software entrepreneur (a co-founder of Berkeley Systems- best known for the flying toaster and game You Don't Know Jack.), nature lover, former attorney/mediator, artist and true believer in the power of citizens and our need to rebuild respectful civil discourse while embracing our core shared values.

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