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Google Hosts Special Demo Day For Female Entrepreneurs (thenewstack.io) 220

An anonymous reader writes: Wednesday Google hosted a special edition of their annual "Demo Day" event featuring 11 early-stage startup companies founded by women from eight different countries. More than 450 women from 40 different counties applied for a spot, and the winner of the competition was Bridgit, a fast-growing Canadian company which provides a mobile communications platform for construction teams. Online voters also awarded the "Game Changer" title to KiChing, a startup that's actively addressing Mexico's unique e-commerce challenges. But all of the startups at Wednesday's event were already actively raising series-A funding, and "We aim to help connect them to mentors, access to capital, and shine a spotlight on their efforts," said Mary Grove, the director of Google for Entrepreneurs, addressing the Demo Day audience in San Francisco.
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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Missing important details like how many sandwiches did they make?

    • by Anonymous Coward

      There's a fellow at work who keeps going on and on about how great the Rust [rust-lang.org] programming language is. He keeps raving about how its community is totally diverse, how it has a code of conduct, how there's a team that goes after people who don't follow the code of conduct, and how it's the most progressive programming language community he has ever been a part of. Yet when I go look at the contributors [github.com] to Rust, I see one male after another. Why are so many Rust contributors men? If the project is so inclusive,

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Missing important details like how many sandwiches did they make?

      It's actually a position of incredible weakness to only be able to eat a sandwich if a woman makes it for you - which perhaps explains why men in that position feel so much anger.

      That's not to say that there are no advantages to cooperation and reciprocity, "I'll take change the burned-out light-bulb in the garage while you make us some sandwiches for lunch."

      But there's also a huge sense of satisfaction and power from being able to make your own sandwich - to be able to eat a sandwich whenever you want reg

    • I don't know about sandwiches but I can see the proceedings unfold at Google HQ: http://thecodinglove.com/post/... [thecodinglove.com]

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Slow news day.

  • by Anonymous Coward
    Well at least you held off for a few days this time.
  • Quotas (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Citizen of Earth ( 569446 ) on Monday December 14, 2015 @12:17AM (#51112093)
    It's always been clear why women aren't competitive with men at the 100-meter dash, but it's not clear why women aren't competitive with men at professional poker.
    • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

      by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Most top scientists are white males, but that doesn't mean black females are just genetically inferior. It just means that history has provided more opportunities to develop talent to white males.

      Of course, long ago it was mostly middle eastern males, or Greek males, or Chinese males, depending on who had opportunity at the time.

    • Re:Quotas (Score:4, Insightful)

      by dj245 ( 732906 ) on Monday December 14, 2015 @08:20AM (#51113363) Homepage

      It's always been clear why women aren't competitive with men at the 100-meter dash, but it's not clear why women aren't competitive with men at professional poker.

      Most likely it's the testosterone.

  • Cool (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Joe.Neebler ( 4371253 ) on Monday December 14, 2015 @12:51AM (#51112177)
    So now that women have their own safe space we can expect some amazing innovation to follow. But if we don't, I wonder what the next excuse will be?
    • So now that women have their own safe space we can expect some amazing innovation to follow. But if we don't, I wonder what the next excuse will be?

      Spherical Cows?

    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Why do you expect more from women? Men have had spaces and opportunities forever, and most of them produced mediocre crap that no one remembers now.

      People forget that for every Uber or Twitter there are 1000 other platforms that failed. That's how it works, lots of people failing but a few turning into billion dollar businesses.

      • Re: (Score:1, Insightful)

        >Why do you expect more from women?

        I don't, its women who do. It was women who said that if it wasn't for all the nasty misogyny everywhere that women would prove themselves actually better than men. But I'm a reasonable guy, with safe spaces and free this and that, and sexist women only funding, I'd happy if they were to produce one tenth that of men. But ten thousand years of evolution wouldn't bet on it.

        • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

          You are going to have to specify which women said that. There are 3.5 billion of them, and it's not a mainstream point of view, so we need to know who said it and why you are holding this group to that standard.

          • The assertion that women can do anything a man can, only better, is the core tenant of feminism. But you know this already, and prefer to feign ignorance rather than admit what you've been taught is wrong.

            • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

              No, you have been misinformed. Feminism is the pursuit of equality for women, based on the theory that women are different but equally valued as human beings.

              • Feminism is the pursuit of equality for women, based on the theory that women are different but equally valued as human beings.

                The label, however, is used by many people to describe their particular flavor of hate. For example, the pursuit of superiority for women, or even just the pursuit of equality for women based on the notion that all things are all men's fault. And as a label for equality, it is especially crap, seeing as how it is inherently feminine. Feminism is more properly the pursuit of additional rights for women. There is nothing wrong with that, except when people use the name as an excuse for some bullshit.

                There are

                • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

                  You don't understand what the No True Scotsman fallacy is. For it to be that, the person must clearly be part of a well defined group. In the example the person is from Scotland, with Scottish parents and citizenship.

                  You can't make it work the other way around, i.e. arbitrarily defining the nature of Scottishness to fit the person in question. Feminism is well defined by decades of work on the subject, and anyone arguing that women are superior to men is by definition an anti-feminist.

                  I think it would reall

                  • You can't make it work the other way around, i.e. arbitrarily defining the nature of Scottishness to fit the person in question. Feminism is well defined by decades of work on the subject, and anyone arguing that women are superior to men is by definition an anti-feminist.

                    You could say the same thing about Christianity, and you'd be just as wrong. Technically, you're not a capital-C-Christian if you don't take on the Holy Trinity ever since Nicea. And while you might technically not be a feminist if you blame everything on men, you can still call yourself one and go to meetings.

                    I think it would really help if you tried to understand the difference between "men" and "masculinity" too.

                    I'm not the one with the problem with it.

    • So now that women have their own safe space we can expect some amazing innovation to follow. But if we don't, I wonder what the next excuse will be?

      Because women have never achieved amazing innovation? http://www.entrepreneur.com/ar... [entrepreneur.com]
      http://www.investopedia.com/ar... [investopedia.com]
      http://womenshistory.about.com... [about.com]

      If you haven't been as accomplished as these women...I have to ask...what's your bloody excuse?

      • Re: (Score:1, Interesting)

        Sounds like you're arguing that women have already surpassed men in technology, and if so then why do they need special safe spaces?

  • by globaljustin ( 574257 ) on Monday December 14, 2015 @02:18AM (#51112405) Journal

    "Tech entrepreneurs" of whatever gender are mostly just rich/connected people with an idea for an app and either are personal friends with or hire someone to actually make the beast.

    90% of "tech startups" are "apps" of some time or have them as a major part of what they do.

    It was different back in the day.

    In the US, typically the person with the money wanted to be the "investor" and the "entrepreneur" was the same as the inventor or coder.

    Old-school rich people showed off by being able to choose the right person to invest in, nowadays the new-school rich show off by *being* the person at the top of the investment, at least publicly.

  • by K. S. Van Horn ( 1355653 ) on Monday December 14, 2015 @05:26AM (#51112863) Homepage
    More special privileges for women -- as if they didn't have enough already -- and more discrimination against men. I'm getting really, really tired of this, especially when I see my son excluded from one educational opportunity after another solely because of his sex.
    • by AmiMoJo ( 196126 )

      Have you considered suing? If your son really is disadvantaged then you would have a good case and could probably get someone to pay your legal fees or work pro-bono.

  • I don't think men and women are ever meant to see eye to eye. Each sex finds the other intoxicating and infuriating in equal amount. However I do think this perpetual turbulence must help us thrive as a species somehow.

    Or maybe we're just the Gods' reality show, and the producers made us this way to "stir up some trouble", and make it more interesting. :-)

    • I don't think men and women are ever meant to see eye to eye. Each sex finds the other intoxicating and infuriating in equal amount.

      Speak for yourself. There are plenty of women I see eye to eye with and plenty of men I don't. Since I figured out that feemales are people and in fact I wasn't going to attempt to initiate sexy times with the vast vast majority of them it became much simpler and easier.

      The people I tend to see eye to eye with best on average are fellow nerds because that's who I have most in c

      • You make a good distinction. I should have been clearer that I was considering men and women statistically as a group. (Also that I was talking about heterosexual people).

        Given the above, then as you say, there is certainly enormous variation within a random collection of men. What there isn't however, is any sexual tension between members of that group. My claim is that it is this extra ingredient that causes so much of the trouble between men and women.

  • Even Google hosts! The only way, which does not only block ads, but malware and government spying!

  • KiChing, a startup that's actively addressing Mexico's unique e-commerce challenges

    Really? They named a company intended for Mexican markets something that basically translates into KiFuc?!

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