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Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology Paperback – September 9, 2014
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"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
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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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To be completely honest, I was a bit worried and not as excited to read this book when I realized it was a book of essays. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Audrey Elaine Wall
Extremely interesting crowd sourced book, that covers over 400 extremely talented females in tech, written by gentleman from India who I'd never heard of before. Read morePublished 11 months ago by N. Atherton
I have not read nor purchased this book. The fundamental premise of it - a man compiling women's stories and selling them under his own byline - is offensive, and Mr. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Arthur Chu
fantastic book from a great author. easy to read and extremely informative.Published 15 months ago by Noneya Business
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... Read morePublished 17 months ago by kristoffer fortune
"Asking the question" is the first step in "getting the answers." This book centers innovators and thought leaders around questions about the pivotal moments in... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ellen L.
A must read book for both men and women. It re-enforces the fact that women are no less than men and have the power to shape their own destinies and rise above and beyond the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Much needed book, Vivek hats off to you for championing the real issues so passionately. Loved the book, got inspired by it and my best wishes to you in your impactful work.Published 17 months ago by shradha