Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Tammy’ is Not A Vanity Project

14 Jul

Excellent post on Buzzfeed.

The actress’s first film as a writer is a work of creative initiative, not ego — and it’s perverse to refer to it as anything but that.


When Wall Street Needs Scapegoats, Women Beware

8 Nov

We all applaud when we hear that a woman has been given a great opportunity to head a major company. But hold the cheers. Dangers may lurk in high places.Female business leaders are more likely to be appointed to powerful positions when an organization is in crisis or in high-risk circumstances. In short, these women are perched on \”a glass cliff,\” set up for failure.

via When Wall Street Needs Scapegoats, Women Beware | Womens eNews.


Biz Ladies: 10 Golden Rules About Getting Paid As A Creative | Design*Sponge

15 Oct

When you set your rate/estimate for a job, you should gasp at the price (a little) and click send. You can always negotiate down, and I do a lot – but you gotta start at the high side of your comfort zone!

via Biz Ladies: 10 Golden Rules About Getting Paid As A Creative | Design*Sponge.


Girl Develop It Co-Founder Provides Keys To The Coding Kingdom

9 Oct

Not many female role models existed three years ago when Vanessa Hurst and Sara Chipps founded Girl Develop It, which aims to empower women by giving them a safe place to learn about technology.

\”We wanted to make a place where it was OK to ask questions,\” Hurst recalls. \”Low cost classes, really accessible and no judgment.\”

Girl Develop It started as a Meetup group operating from a downtown Manhattan co-working space. Today it\’s in 16 cities and more than 5,000 women have gone through classes in HTML, Javascript, PHP, Python and more.

via Girl Develop It Co-Founder Provides Keys To The Coding Kingdom – Careers Articles.

Without Their Permission, I Nominate These Women Tech Entrepreneurs To Write A Book

8 Oct

I like Alexis Ohanian.  He’s the co-founder of Reddit and a tech activist and entrepreneur. His book, Without Their Permission, is getting a lot of attention.  However there has not been any other women tech entrepreneur who has written a business book/memoir.  Sheryl Sandberg can’t be the sole voice of women in tech.  I nominate these ten women.

  1. Angela Benton (Founder of Black Web 2.0 and NewMe Accelerator)
  2. Rachel Brooks (Founder of CitizenMade)
  3. Soraya Darabi (Founder of Zady, former co-founder of Foodspotting)
  4. Kathryn Finney (Founder of Digital Undivided and The Budget Fashionista)
  5. Heather Hiles (Founder of Pathbrite)
  6. Susan Mernit (Blog Pioneer, Founder of Oakland Local)
  7. Brit Morin (Brit & Co)
  8. Tina Roth Eisenberg (founder of Tattly,  TeuxDeux, Swiss Miss)
  9. Dede Sutton (founder of Clutch Magazine)
  10. Suzanne Xie (founder of Weardrobe, sold it, founder of Hullabalu)

A Woman to Serve on Twitter’s Board? Here Are 25 –

8 Oct

Joanne Bradford

Currently president of the San Francisco Chronicle, her career has spanned old and new media: Demand Media, Yahoo, Microsoft and BusinessWeek.

Margit Wennmachers

A partner at Andreessen Horowitz, a venture capital firm that invested in Twitter, she started and sold a public relations firm and knows tech and marketing inside and out.

Diane Greene

The co-founder and former chief executive of VMware is on the boards of Google and Intuit.

Renée James

The president of Intel helped the company move beyond chips.

Anne Mulcahy

The former chairwoman and chief executive of Xerox rose through the ranks of human resources, customer support and corporate affairs.

Susan Lyne

The chief executive of AOL Brand Group and formerly of Gilt has a career that has spanned magazines, TV, movies and tech.

Wenda Harris Millard

The president of MediaLink, a media and advertising strategy company, was chief sales officer at Yahoo and an executive at DoubleClick, among other media and tech executive roles.

Geraldine Laybourne

The founder of Oxygen Media and former executive at Nickelodeon and Disney-ABC Cable Networks has tech experience on the boards of Electronic Arts, Symantec and Kandu, a tech start-up for children.

Indra Nooyi

The chief executive of PepsiCo also has a background in tech, having run corporate strategy and planning at Motorola.

Angela Ahrendts

The chief executive of Burberry is a branding expert.

Shelly Lazarus

The chairwoman emeritus and former chief executive of Ogilvy & Mather, the advertising agency, has deep expertise in branding and marketing.

Charlotte Beers

Another former Ogilvy & Mather chief executive also worked as an under secretary of state charged with polishing America’s image abroad after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Cindy Gallop

The founder of the United States branch of Bartle Bogle Hegarty, the advertising agency, has an unprintable motto that would fit in well in Silicon Valley.

Ann Fudge

The former chairwoman and chief executive of Young & Rubicam Brands, the advertising agency, has deep public-company board experience.

Anne Sweeney

The president of Disney/ABC Television Group, and a chairwoman of Disney Media Networks, is overseeing the transition to digital media.

Lauren Zalaznick

She has free time after recently leaving NBCUniversal, where she worked on digital media, TV and movies.

Diane Nelson

The chief content officer of Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment and president of DC Entertainment oversees characters like Harry Potter and Superman.

Sherry Lansing

The former chief executive of Paramount Pictures has tech experience on the board of Qualcomm.

Kay Koplovitz

The Founder of USA Network knows the TV business, and also co-founded Springboard Enterprises, a nonprofit for women entrepreneurs.

Judith McHale

The former chief executive of Discovery Communications, which owns the Discovery Channel, was also an under secretary of state and now invests in tech start-ups.

Shonda Rimes

The screenwriter, director and producer who created Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal is also an avid Twitter user.

Ann Moore

Few people know more about publishing than the former chief executive of Time Inc.

Cathie Black

The former president and chairwoman of Hearst Magazines and publisher of USA Today would be a better fit at a digital media company than she was as New York City Schools chancellor.

Cindi Leive

The editor in chief of Glamour has expertise in media, publishing and fashion.

Joanna Coles

The editor in chief of Cosmopolitan understands print media and reaching different audiences.

via A Woman to Serve on Twitter\’s Board? Here Are 25 –


Ex-Twitter Product Lead Mitali Pattnaik Joins Foundation Capital EIR

2 Oct

Mitali Pattnaik

Foundation Capital announced on Tuesday that Mitali Pattnaik, a former Twitter product manager, will join as the venture firm’s newest entrepreneur in residence.

Pattnaik’s work will focus on the two areas she is most interested in: The education sector (a space that’s top of mind to Pattnaik, who came to the U.S. years ago to go to college) and what’s often referred to as the “collaborative consumption” space, made popular by companies like Airbnb, Uber and others.

via Ex-Twitter Product Lead Mitali Pattnaik Joins Foundation Capital EIR – Mike Isaac – Social – AllThingsD.