Women Entrepreneurs and Access to Financial Capital

February 28, 2007
Women with question mark

Women are much more likely than men to self-finance their business. Rather than go into debt or sell shares, women commonly use personal savings, earnings from the business, home equity loans, credit cards, and family loans to finance their business. In this third in our series of articles for NCWIT and the Kauffman Foundation on the under-representation of women entrepreneurs in the IT field, we survey the social science literature for what it says about the gendered difference in access to capital for entrepreneurs.

The Role of Psychological Factors and Gender for IT Start-ups

February 20, 2007
Woman with laptop

The second in our series of entrepreneurship reports is now online. On behalf of NCWIT and The Kauffman Foundation, we have been exploring what the social science literature tells us about why there are so few women entrepreneurs in the IT field. This review considers psychological factors.

IT Start-ups: Where are the Women?

February 13, 2007
Woman at Work

Why do women receive less than five percent of the funding to start IT firms? Why do they lag behind men in patenting IT ideas and moving their ideas out of the university and into the marketplace?

On behalf of [begin link /]NCWIT[end link], and with support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, we consulted the social science literature for answers to these questions.

Women and Wages

February 6, 2007
Denise Brosseau

I had the pleasure this week of teaching a one-day session on entrepreneurship at Wellesley College, as part of a three-week course called Management Basics offered to Wellesley students and taught, in part, by the many devoted alumnae like me ('82) who so enjoy being on campus and getting to know the students.

A Girl's First Java Class

January 30, 2007
Katy Dickinson

Recently, Lucy Sanders of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) had lunch with Sun's "Succeeding @ Sun as a Woman Engineer" (SASWE) networking group. Lucy talked about NCWIT's mission to ensure that women are fully represented in the influential world of information technology and computing. I came away from the lunch with questions about why young women aren't more fascinated by computing.

The Kuwait Conference of Women Leaders in Science, Technology and Engineering

January 23, 2007
Kuwait conference attendees

I recently had the pleasure of participating in the Conference of Women Leaders in Science, Technology and Engineering, in Kuwait, January 8-10. The conference was hosted under the patronage of Kuwaiti Prime Minister H.H. Shaykh Naser Mohammad Al-Sabah, and co-hosted by the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research and the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences. AAAS was the U.S.

Women & IT Entrepreneurship

January 15, 2007
TechStars Logo

As of 2006, according to The Center for Women's Business Research, there were about 7.7 million majority-women-owned (51 percent or more) businesses in this country, accounting for nearly one-third of all U.S. businesses. In the last decade, in fact, women-owned firms have grown at more than twice the rate of U.S. businesses overall.

Creating Your Own K-12 Outreach Program

January 9, 2007
People looking at screen

Women in Computing group members from Indiana University, Rice University, and the University of Colorado at Boulder are organizing a workshop at SIGCSE 2007 to help administrators, faculty, staff, and students create their own K-12 outreach program.

IT's Need for the Feminine Touch

January 2, 2007
Finger on keyboard

A friend recently sent me a copy of a report from IT advisory firm Cutter Consortium entitled "The Defeminization of IT."

Holiday Gifts: the Gorillapod

December 25, 2006

If you came up short while shopping for your techno-geek or gadget-hound this year, or if you'll be returning merchandise for a credit and you're wondering how to spend it, we've got a suggestion: the Joby Gorillapod.

We stumbled across this gadget while surfing our favorite blogs, and it has turned out to be a very popular gift! It's a flexible, portable tripod that works with almost any digital camera, and you can find it online for less than $25.