Women make up half the overall workforce, but they account for only a quarter of the positions in information technology, or IT, according to global consulting giant Deloitte.
Deloitte also found that the number of female undergraduate students in IT fields is on the decline, while TechCrunch found that just 7 percent of partners at the world’s largest venture capital firms are women, a figure that is representative of start-up investors. Just 10 percent of VC dollars went to startups with at least one female founder.
But these trends are bound to change. Consider that:
- 74 percent of young girls express interest in STEM fields, according to the nonprofit organization, Girls Who Code, a nonprofit group dedicated to closing the tech crunch gender gap.
- 1.4 million jobs will open in computer science by 2020 in the United States, according to Girls Who Code, while the country will only have enough qualified graduates to fill just 29 percent of them.
- There is a new emphasis on STEM education for girls, and attracting, promoting, and retaining women in tech fields.
In this episode, I interview Scarlett Sieber, Senior Vice President of New Digital Businesses at BBVA and former Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder of tech startup Infomous, who frequently speaks on topics of innovation, women and
Also, we hear from single mom Nicole Smith, founder and CEO of Flytographer, a travel photography platform included in that 10 percent of female-founded tech startups, and three years later is reports multiple 7-figures in revenue. We talk about:
- The importance of mentors of both genders, and how to find one (and be one)
- The realities and myths about startup life and work-life balance
- Why moms are so great at innovation
- When to take the risk and quit your cushy corporate job, and start your own company
- Why the lack of diversity in technology is a fantastic opportunity for women
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