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"As someone whose family has been dedicated to advancing women’s careers for one and a half centuries (in 1868 my great-grandmother started the first school in Europe to provide higher education for girls and ran it with her daughter―my grandmother―for seventy years), I am excited by Vivek's compelling book which shines a light on the remarkable achievements of brilliant and pioneering women in today's world." ―Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author and futurist, Director of Engineering at Google

"Women are increasingly integral to entrepreneurship and innovation―the lynchpins of individual economic independence and dynamic economic growth. Through sharing their stories, experiences, and advice, the women in this book at once inspire and instruct anyone interested in learning how to uplift women innovators and entrepreneurs. In examining the challenges woman face in entrepreneurship, the authors call on us to promote a dynamic, and fair, innovation environment." ―Wendy Guillies, acting president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

"When I first met Vivek he had just produced his seminal research on the dearth of women in Silicon Valley that his wife's keen observation at TechCrunch had spurred. The Anatomy of an Entrepreneur, published in November 2009, served as critical validation for much of what we intuitively knew and had already implemented at Astia. The reality that Vivek uncovered is profound and serves as critical myth busting: that women high growth entrepreneurs are more like their male counterparts than different. Armed with this understanding, Astia is about fixing the ecosystem, rather than fixing the women. Our goal during our 15 years has been to change the way our ecosystem looks at and evaluates high potential organizations. We stand with the contributors of Innovating Women when we say, we want more recognition of and investment in a super potential and high performing group of entrepreneurs―women entrepreneurs. We see women leaders as integral participants in inclusive, high performing entrepreneurial teams―without them, success is more difficult. Innovating Women brings voice to this and many other entrepreneurial truths. It is a must read for the innovation economy—an economy in desperate need of innovation" ―Sharon Vosmek, CEO, Astia

About the Author

Farai Chideya has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her twenty-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard s Institute of Politics. She frequently appears on public radio and cable television, speaking about race, politics, and culture. She was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated magna cum laude with a BA from Harvard University in 1990. Find out more at Farai.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Diversion Publishing (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1626814228
  • ISBN-13: 978-1626814226
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Kristiina Hiukka on November 9, 2014
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Finally - a book that addresses the blindspot our society has for women innovators. This message has been sorely missing from the conversation about the exclusivity of the innovation ecosystems. We must get on the "No Brain Left Behind" campaign and engage all brains of all colors, sizes and genders in the pursuit of better solutions in leadership and technology for the world. A must read for all leaders.
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This was an incredible project to have been a part of. Vivek along with the many women who participated showed much passion and dedication to making this book show all the women who are at the forefront of technology and innovation. As a millennial who is living in a world where men dominate majority of the industries, I find this book to be inspirational and exceptional. The stories that each women featured in the book not only shows us how strong we are but truly courageous to withstand the inequality that exists still today.
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Diversity of thought and experience are embraced by the authors and pulled together to paint a picture of the challenges women face with specific, actionable ideas on how we can address those challenges. There is no quick fix to this issue, but positive awareness and real ways to make an impact are discussed from the perspectives of very diverse contributors. This book is inspiring and makes me motivated to do more on a local level to drive positive change for women in all aspects of the technology industry landscape.
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Great book about the growing movement of women in technology. It includes real stories from women changemakers across the globe!
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Farai: you did an amazing job assimilating all of the content! As an Ambassador, I am so proud of the result and to be part of this important call-to-action spear-heared by Vivek Wadhwa and Singularity University - and to be on the same stage with some amazing women in my generation and those coming behind us. I honestly did not realize that almost 40 years into my technology aligned career I am still in the pioneer league! In my first job out of college as a computer programmer in 1976, I was typically the only woman at the table (as well as the youngest) and never thought about `leaning back'. I was always `in'. Where else would you want to be? I was always gender blind; discrimination never occurred to me.

This call-to-action and underlying message is NOT about a feminist movement which is why I chose to get onboard. It addresses a fundamental gap to ensure that we are tapping ALL of our best minds to solve the problems and embrace opportunities we face today that position us to define and create the brightest future possible for our planet and civilization. Men and women working in partnership professionally and at home is without a doubt our strongest suit.

Please join us...be the difference as a role model and in raising awareness. This is a critical transformation that is as much about men as it is women - and must be completed in partnership.
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We simply need more books like this one to shed light on innovating woman and the challenges they face. Wonderful work by the authors and a must-read for anyone who cares about the advancement of smart women.
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By Harsh on December 5, 2014
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A compilation of tremendous success stories, Innovating Women is an inspiring read. It was refreshing to read the first-hand accounts of so many brilliant female entrepreneurs and innovators.
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I found the stories by Kim Polese, Heidi Roizen, Mary Grove and Megan Smith especially inspiring. And I loved the advice from Liddy Karter, who wrote, "the next time your six foot four, square-jawed, broad shouldered colleague restates what you just said and everyone nods approvingly after looking bored when you spoke, just thank him for agreeing with you." Oh yes. I can't wait to put that into practice.

I was surprised that the book encompassed much more than just women in technology (since it was billed as a collection of candid, first-hand accounts of women in technology). There were many stories from women not in the tech field, including an entrepreneur in a Mexican village making energy drinks, an editor for financial news sites, a Wall Street broker, and a medical doctor. There was data about women-owned businesses (not just tech companies). There was a chapter about entrepreneurship in general, but it wasn't specific to tech entrepreneurship. While I would have loved to see more focus on the tech industry, I'm sure many readers will appreciate the broader focus.

One last comment. Vivek Wadhwa wrote towards the end of the book, "Women no longer have a financing disadvantage that they once had. There is nothing holding them back." Yet, earlier, we learned, "women are almost twice as likely to discontinue their business due to an inability to secure funding." I'd like to believe we're no longer disadvantaged, but I don't think we're there yet. We still have a long way to go.
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