Where Are The Women in Startups? Um, Everywhere!

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Saturday 12th March, 2011

5:00pm to 6:00pm (CST)

There are thousands of women out there innovating and starting businesses across sectors; so why all the negativity in the media? Every week brings a slightly different take on the where-are-women-in-business article. Some look at venture funding, others look at women's representation in specific sectors, but they all have the same theme - women can't seem to get it together when it comes to business.

This panel approaches the issue of women in startups from two key angles. First, the assertion that woman are non-existent simply isn't true anymore. The real stories need to come to the forefront. And second, you can only complain about a problem for so long before it's time to deliver a solution.

Women in startups are simply tired of the bad rap media has stamped on them so, they're coming forward to talk about the real issues. Like, why are women inherently less inclined to sell themselves? There are multiple reasons behind this but the basic truth is that many of us need more urging to boast of our talents.

Overall, there are all sorts of factors that play into women's roles in startups such as the fact that many women entrepreneurs are also primary caregivers of children, household managers, family financial planners, etc. Not to mention, the age-old-truth that we are trained as a society to think women have a harder time with their careers. Let's face it girls - it's time for a change.

LEVEL: Beginner

About the speakers

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Carla Thompson

CEO & founder @sharpskirts, Tech analyst, Texan, Woman About Town bio from Twitter

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Meghan Casserly

Girl Friday at Forbes. Girl in the world, writer of lists, wannabe entrepreneur. mcasserly@forbes.com bio from Twitter

11 attendees

  • Katie Sunstrom
  • Carla Thompson
  • jessica moreno
  • Jenn Deering Davis
  • Whitney Johnson
  • kajsabengtsson
  • Kim Hollenshead
  • luciemclean
  • Lynette Young
  • Meghan Casserly
  • Georgetta Nicol

12 trackers

  • David Damore
  • Anna Manasova
  • Arena Reed
  • Carli McKinney
  • Patricia Cich Lee
  • Katie Felten
  • Liang Shi
  • Chrys Wu
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  • Natalie Downe
  • Rachel Mercer
  • Shelley Cook

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Time 5:00pm6:00pm CST

Date Sat 12th March 2011

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