Crunching Data, Breaking Silos: Women in Tech at Techcrunch Disrupt
“We’re going backward in a field that is supposed to be all about moving forward,” Hillary Clinton commented at the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference this past February. “We can literally count on one hand the number of women who have actually been able to come here and turn their dreams into billion-dollar businesses,” she said.
I’m not a feminist – maybe you can call me an “idealist realist” – and I believe in meritocracy in business. The best person for the job should do the job regardless of gender; but I am fascinated by how women in business and politics changes things. In this blog, I am going to give credit to some amazing women I’ve come across along my eRevalue journey, albeit short.
I wonder if you will recognize this, but many times my husband (CFO at eRevalue) and I leave a meeting with completely different take aways. “Were we in the same meeting?” – yes, we definitely were – but with entirely different perspectives – and emotions.
That mere observation coupled with the fact that only just now women are starting to climb the ladder is at the very least remarkable, and suggests how more women at the top may impact corporate decision-making. This will, I believe, lead to more well-rounded decisions – why not call it “curvy decision-making” (I know, bad joke, I take it back) – as issues will be analyzed and considered from more diverse vantage points.
Beyond a finger counting exercise, the gender gap and related biases in Silicon Valley are palpable challenges that companies – large and small, established and emerging – face each day. A recent article in The Guardian notes that only 11% of Silicon Valley executives and on average around 20% of software developers in the high-tech valley are women. To a large degree, this may have to do with personal preference, but I think our female data scientists at eRevalue would disagree.
What’s more, only 53% of big tech companies have women on their executive management team, compared with 84% for America’s biggest firms of all kinds.
Ok, so this is research that I like. Let’s deep dive into the facts, and have a good ol’ discussion on this one, as we do everyday at eRevalue.