Incubating Women Entrepreneurs

first_imgRelated Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters A story last week in the San Jose Mercury News highlights, as the title suggests, “the dearth of women in tech.” The article begins with a description of InDinero founder and Y Combinator alum Jessica Mah: “I just wasn’t sure if Jessica Mah was for real,” writes Scott Duke Harris, admitting that he probably wouldn’t have had this impression if Jessica were Jesse. He admits it’s a sort of “gender profiling” – the expectation that girls can’t (or are less apt, perhaps) to found tech companies. The article points to the small number of women who’ve participated in Y Combinator’s program over the years – only 14 out of 450 have been women. “It’s tempting to think the Y in Y Combinator has something to do with the Y chromosome,” writes Harris. Debates about a chromosomal aptitude for math and logic aside, there are undoubtedly many cultural pressures and expectations that seem to steer girls and women away from pursuing technology careers. The Case for an XX CombinatorAnd the obstacles that stand in the way of women entrepreneurs, particularly those that don’t seem to fit into the Y Combinator model, prompted Tereza Nemessanyi to ask, first in comments on Fred Wilson‘s blog then in a longer post on her own, as to whether there was a need for an XX Combinator.“To start,” she writes, “Y Combinator is seeking founders who code. And in today’s tech innovation model, the founders have to. Problem is, very, very few women in the U.S. can code.” Furthermore, “Y Combinator participants are for the most part very young — in their early 20’s. This is not when women would be most inclined. Women who start businesses like to know what they’re doing, and be trained and experienced in it. That takes up our 20’s. We have kids in our 30’s. Our entrepreneurial sweet spot is around age 40.” Prestigious incubator programs like Y Combinator also demand participants relocate, something that isn’t always possible for founders (men or women) with families. While Y Combinator and other programs have been enormously successful in supporting innovative tech startups, it’s not a model that “works” for everyone.Women 2.0 Labs Recognizing the importance of incubator and accelerator programs that support women entrepreneurs, Women 2.0 Labs is a pre-incubator for men and women. The mission of Women 2.0 “is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups, by enabling entrepreneurs with a network, resources and knowledge to take your startup from an idea to launch.”Women 2.0 Labs is a five-week program – “five engineers, five more engineers, five designers, five business mavens, five teams, five weeks, five days a week, five product releases, five minimal viable products released.” The teams are formed organically at the start of the program, and by its end are hopefully in the position to apply to an incubator program or be ready to launch. The program takes place in the evenings and on weekends, so that participants can keep their “day jobs.” Visiting advisors have included Steve Blank, Eric Ries, Dave McClure, Ann Muira-Koo, Mari Baker, and Theresia Gouw-Ranzetta.A key benefit from the program is the establishment of “founder history” created in the teams as they work together intensely over the course of the program. Women 2.0 Labs also provides participants a first taste of truly creating something from an idea to a basic prototype. As Labs participant Rebecca Woodcock says of her involvement, “The idea has been formulating for a while, but my lack of technical expertise has stifled me from pursuing product development.” The Labs program has helped her form a team to bring her idea to fruition. Women 2.0 CEO Shaherose Charania says she sees the program as a “way to jump into the deep end of being a founder while still wearing a lifejacket (keeping your job). By the end of the program I expect individuals and teams to be able to rip off the life jacket and keep swimming into the deep end (quitting their job to work on the startup they started in the program).”While Women 2.0 Labs does provide great mentorship and skill-building opportunities for women entrepreneurs, it doesn’t address all of the issues raised by Tereza Nemessanyi. It requires relocation to the Bay Area, for example. But the questions raised by her call for an XX Combinator, alongside the work of Women 2.0, Astia and other programs, point to some of the efforts to help support more women entrepreneurs. As a recent Kauffman Foundation study found, providing support and mentorship is one of the keys to increasing the number of women entrepreneurs. Tags:#Analysis#start center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The 3 Things You Can’t Do On Twitter

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification No-NosTwitter’s rules outline several things users are not allowed to do or say. Impersonation, harassment and abusive behavior, and posting private information are all straight-forward policy violations. Twitter can suspend users accounts for violations of these rules. The service may also suspend accounts in response to official requests from law enforcement or government agencies. Once Twitter is notified of tweets in question, it can then withhold tweets for that specific country. Legal issues aren’t always clear, though. International jurisdictional differences often lead to complications. For example, something that would be legal to say in America could be illegal in Germany (denying the Holocaust, for example, is legal in the U.S., illegal in Germany). If German courts prosecuted or users called out that activity, Twitter could suspend the user and remove those tweets from the stream in Germany. But if the tweets were posted from a place where they were legal, like here in the U.S., Twitter won’t do anything for American streams. Free speech is a country-by-country issue, not a blanket Twitter policy. Users can also be suspended if they tweet too much over an extended period of time. There’s a 1,000 tweets per day limit on updates and if a user goes over they are automatically put into “Twitter jail” for several hours (BundlePost CEO Robert Caruso says he’s been kicked off Twitter hundreds of times, specifically every Friday because he breaks the limit, responding to each one of his thousands of #ff mentions). The daily update limit is further broken down into smaller limits for semi-hourly intervals. Despite rumors stating otherwise, there is no way to request a higher ceiling on postings. When it comes right down to it, though, there are three things pretty much guaranteed to get you kicked off Twitter:1. Child Pornography: Accounts promoting or containing updates with links to the sexual exploitation of children are permanently suspended. It doesn’t get more straight-forward than this. In America, anything under 18 is off-limits, and this rule extends globally. 2. Direct Violence Threats: Specific threats of bodily harm include details of how and when an act will take place. Posts that say a person will come to a certain spot at a particular time and be injured or hurt are clear red flags. Everything from terrorism and crime to bounties and beatdowns. It’s all out of bounds. 3. Spam: Automated replies to people requesting follows or clicks, heavy linkage to promotional content. Sending these robot messages are one of the biggest no-nos. Fake followers are a big problem for Twitter, and many are spammers. It’s unclear just how many of the 200 million tweets sent out every day come from bots, but that number is high. How Does Twitter Catch Violators?Twitter has no algorithim looking for specific words, no team of people trolling the site looking for violations. Instead the service relies on its 140 million users to monitor and report violations of its rules and Terms of Service.Hey it’s cheaper, and with no unified, global legal system, each country has its own interpretation of what’s acceptable and unacceptable – regional legal counsels help the company mitigate cultural concerns. While algorithms exist for malware detection and phishing, the site looks to its users to determine what does and doesn’t violate its terms. Every violation that is flagged is then looked at by Twitter’s staff on a case-by-case basis. Most are false alarms, usually people reporting things they simply don’t like or don’t agree with. If Twitter does see a violation, it can suspend the account, sometimes forever.What To Do If You Get Kicked Off?So, what to do if you’re suspended? Accounts nabbed for child exploitation are suspended permanently, without exceptions.   Accounts that aren’t violating the child pornography rule are typically given abuse warnings. They may also be allowed to edit for parody, which means if an account is parodying a user or situation and is suspended (for example for impersonation), then that user has can label themselves as a parody in their bio to make it clear (here’s the policy in detail). Once suspended, users are required to state that they will not break rules again before being allowed back on. Permanent suspension is incurred if they fail to do so.Second chances are granted only for accounts temporarily suspended for minor offenses. But second chances usually don’t mean just one second chance. If a violator is merely posting too much, and is put into Twitter jail, there is no cap to how many times they can be suspended and reinstated. However, if an account or user breaks major rules like implying violence or spamming and do not curtail their behavior, they will be permanently banned. Rule of thumb: Follow the rules. Photos courtesy of Shutterstock and Paul Shirey. Tags:#social media#twitter Americans tend to think of free speech as allowing us to say just about anything we want, minus shouting “fire” in a crowded theater or threatening violence. But does that mean you have the same rights on a social network, specifically Twitter? Hey, it’s not a government entity, it’s a company. So does this free speech blanket apply? Years ago when the FCC still held weight, George Carlin famously recounted the “7 words you can’t say on TV” – is there a similar list of things you can’t say on Twitter?Well, yes and no. Twitter does not mediate content. It doesn’t matter who you are, whether celebrity, government agency, corporation or regular Joe, the micro-blogging service does not regulate what you say. But if one of its users reports you for violating one of the site’s tenets, then you may be in trouble. Twitter isn’t actively seeking out misdeeds by users, but if one is reported, it actively delves in and investigates. So there are things you can’t say, even though the rules aren’t always enforced.  Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit adam popescu Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

LeBron not OK with Magic’s ‘weird’ departure from Lakers

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte It was Johnson who played a key role in convincing James to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers last year to come to the Lakers with hopes of leading them back to glory days such as eras with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal or the “Showtime” era featuring Johnson.“I came here to be a part of the Lakers organization, having a conversation with Magic and really kind of breaking it down and saying how we was going to make this ‘Showtime’ again, and I wanted to be part of that process,” James said during the episode.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“So it was just weird for him to just be like ‘I’m out of here’ and not even have no like, ‘Hey ‘Bron, kiss my ass. I’m out of here.’“I would’ve been OK with that. ‘Hey ‘Bron, it’s Magic. Kiss my ass. I’m gone.’ Not even that.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers waits to enter the game during a 123-120 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. AFP FILELOS ANGELES, United States – LeBron James indicated he was shocked and upset by Magic Johnson’s surprise abrupt decision to quit as the president of basketball operations for the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers last month.James made comments in the latest episode of his HBO television show “The Shop” that features him sitting in a barbershop chair and talking informally with friends. The episode aired on Saturday but was taped on April 11, two days after retired Lakers playing legend Johnson’s sudden exit.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Dictating the pace Johnson announced his choice in an impromptu news conference without first telling many in the Lakers organization, including owner Jeanie Buss, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and James.The Lakers have dropped coach Luke Walton and are reportedly looking to hire Tyronn Lue, who had been coach of the Cavaliers when James led them to an NBA title in 2016. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more