02/03/12 | Uncategorized

Friday Roundup: The Numbers (Facebook, Boards & 500 Startups)

By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)

This week, we learned the numbers behind Facebook’s impending IPO – and that COO Sheryl Sandberg is Facebook’s highest paid employee, earning $30.8M last year.

The all-male board of Facebook makes you wonder why a company serving a user base of at least 50% women has no female representation on the board. We told ourselves that women board directors can build value and bring win-win strategies to the table – let’s #changetheratio here.

Women make up half the world population, but less than 1/3 of the engineering jobs. The number of women partners at top early-stage VC firms is pretty bleak but recognize the barriers and together ask: where are the ladies?

Want a role model? Here are 15 women in tech to watch, according to Inc. And we have #nothingbutlove for the 7 most interesting startups at 500 Startups demo day. Reuters named Sumaya Kazi (Founder & CEO, Sumazi) #18 and Alexa Andrzejewski (Founder & CEO, Foodspotting) #21 in their list of “most influential execs on the web”.

And here’s some food for thought: angel investment as lucrative business.

We at Women 2.0 hope to inspire, educate and connect women entrepreneurs and technologists on Valentine’s Day – join us for the PITCH Conference at the Computer History Museum! #occupyvday

Anne-Gail Moreland

Anne-Gail Moreland

Anne-Gail Moreland, an intern with Women 2.0, was on the StartupBus. She studies neuroscience at Mount Holyoke College, where she is trying to merge a passion for tech and the brain into a new wave of cognition-based technology

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