Allyson Kapin

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A new push begins to get more women on corporate boards

For years, the statistics have been glacial and disheartening. The percentage of women in the boardrooms of the largest U.S. companies has crept up from 15% in 2005 to just about 20% a full decade later.<p>To try to change that dynamic in corporate America's halls of power, investors have pushed …

Tragedy Drove This Entrepreneur To Start Beyond Curious, A Digital Agency That Helps Big Companies Innovate Like Startups

In 2011, three years after suffering a profound personal loss, Nikki Barua, 41, started her Los Angeles digital agency, Beyond Curious. Her 45 staffers help big companies do market research, and then design and build mobile apps and websites aimed at selling new products, from cameras to cars. In …

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Shark Tank funds fewer women than men, with less money

When Ann Crady Weiss pitched her first start up — a social network known as Maya's Mom that would allow mothers to seek advice and share their …

'Elephant In The Valley' Survey Reveals Sexual Harassment In The Tech Industry Is Even More Common Than We Thought

We've long known workplace harassment is a ubiquitous problem for women, and between the Ellen Pao v. Kleiner Perkins trial and Silicon Valley's …

Why is America so much worse than the UK at encouraging women to be tech entrepreneurs?

The tech industry has the same woman problem all over the world: there are too few of them.<p>A new study shows that the U.S. can learn a lot from the …

“Screaming About Non-Existent Inequality”

There has now been almost four decades of research and one Nobel prize in cognitive bias, judgment and decision-making, and behavioral economics, and …

Why I Am Not a Maker

When tech culture only celebrates creation, it risks ignoring those who teach, criticize, and take care of others.<p>Every once in a while, I am asked what I “make.” A hack day might require it, or a conference might ask me to describe “what I make” so it can go on my name tag.<p>I’m always uncomfortable …

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Is Silicon Valley Ageist Or Just Smart?

A few years back, at an event held at Stanford, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg told the audience: “I want to stress the importance of being young and technical. Young people are just smarter.”<p>This quote got fairly heavy play in the media, coming at a time when cries of ageism were running rampant in …

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The Other Gender Gap: How Women Entrepreneurs Are Getting Screwed Out Of Funding

The first U.S. ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer, and Seneca Point Global partner Kim K. Azzarelli believe female entrepreneurs face even more obstacles in getting their projects funded. Here’s what they suggest we do about it.<p>“Do you know how many great business ideas …

Stop Fixing Women to Act Like Men

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The workplace has so overwhelmingly changed since the 1950s. Yet many of the leadership and management programs, policies and practices still in use today at many large corporations had their philosophical beginnings back then, with men …

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2 Women Serial Entrepreneurs Tell All

Susan Leger Ferraro, founder of an early-childhood schools chain, and Laura Fitton, digital business owner, irreverently detail what has helped them most along the way.<p>Keep your equity in your pocket. Help out your mentor. That advice and more emerged during an <i>Inc.</i> panel this week in Boston titled …

What It’s Really Like For Female Venture Capitalists In A Man’s World

Faced with rampant sexism and ageism, female venture capitalists only comprise about 4% of the industry. Here’s how women can rise above.<p>If you haven’t been hiding under a rock, you know the tech industry has a huge gender problem. A recent study shows how difficult it can be for women trying to …

AOL's Brand CEO Steps Down to Head Its Venture Fund

The fund promotes women-led digital startups.<p>Susan Lyne, the CEO of AOL's brand group, is stepping down, according to Re/code.<p>Lyne will now head up an AOL-owned venture fund that promotes women-fronted digital startups.<p>The "fully funded" and "relatively dormant" venture fund is tentatively called …

The Largest VC Fund ($500M) Raised by Majority-Female Partners Quietly Closed in June

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to gender diversity, venture capital continues to struggle. It's not uncommon for top firms to employ no female investors, which isn't surprising given that 89 percent of investors are men, according to a 2011 survey by the …

The Highest-Paid Female CEO is a Transgender Founder (Who Built a Robot Version of Her Wife)

Martine Rothblatt founded a $5 billion company after living as a man for the first half of her life. Today, she's working on building robotic clones of humans.<p>Yahoo's Marissa Mayer is a female CEO whose fame rivals some Hollywood movie stars, but Martine Rothblatt, the highest paid female CEO in …

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8 Female Leaders On How To Overcome What’s Holding Women Back

Societal pressure, gender bias, insecurity–these leaders have all felt weighed down at some point. Here’s how they took back the control.<p>“Who or what is your worst enemy?” If you ask women leaders this question, you might find a lot of the answers to be “myself.”<p>It doesn’t matter that we’ve come a …

The Entrepreneur On A Mission To Change Women’s Media

S.H.E. Globl Media founder Claudia Chan working to change the conversation from celebrity gossip to women’s empowerment.<p>Claudia Chan wants to be the Richard Branson of women’s empowerment–by championing social entrepreneurship to solve global problems. “I believe it needs to be its own industry,” …

Another Reason to Fix the Gender Inequality in Entrepreneurship

Women comprise 50 percent of the population. So why don't they launch half of the country's new companies?<p>Women start businesses all the time, but they run few world-changing businesses. Even those who manage to land outside funding don't tend to wind up with businesses as large as those run by men.<p>…

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C-Suite Women Serve Up Advice for Budding Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Progress is being made as more and more women taking seats in the C-suite. In 2013, women held 14.6 percent of executive officer positions, a tiny spike from 14.3 percent in 2012, according to Catalyst. Granted the rate of change is slow, …

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Encouragement Is Growing for Women Inventors

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>“I am a jump out of the plane, assemble the parachute on the way down type of person. If you believe in an idea, you don't need anyone else to agree with you. Even if your closest friend or spouse discourages you from following your …

Why More Women-Run Businesses Aren’t Making Millions

There are more women-run businesses than ever, but they’re still not making as much as their male-run competition. Here’s how to change that.<p>Much has been said about the gender wage gap, but when it comes to how much male- and female-run businesses make, there is an even bigger disparity.<p>Male-run …

Research: How Female CEOs Actually Get to the Top

Ambitious young women hoping to run a major business someday are often advised to take a particular career path: get an undergraduate degree from the most prestigious college you can, an MBA from a selective business school, then land a job at a top consulting firm or investment bank. From there, …

The Unusual Strategy That Made This Woman a Multibillionaire

Elizabeth Holmes's growth strategy flies in the face of conventional startup wisdom.<p>In each generation, an elite few entrepreneurs skyrocket to almost unimaginable heights. Among that already select group, an even more exceptional group emerges: those whose business success affects society in such …

Sweet Peach Founder Speaks: Those Startup Dudes Were Wrong About My Company

Speaking for herself now, the 'ultrafeminist' 20-year-old founder explains what her controversial product for women really does.<p>When I wrote earlier this week about a new probiotic supplement called Sweet Peach engineered to make women's vaginas smell like fruit, the response across the internet …

You'll Never Guess Which Country Boasts the Most Female-Run Businesses on Earth

While it should come as no surprise that the number of women in senior and middle management positions has increased significantly over the past 20 years, a new study claims that female leaders are thriving in unlikely regions across the globe.<p>Of any country on earth, Jamaica boasts the highest …

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90% Of Startups Fail: Here's What You Need To Know About The 10%

As an entrepreneur, I know about failure. I’ve made mistakes, pretty stupid ones. At the same time, though, I’ve been fortunate enough to succeed a few times, too.<p>Along the way, I’ve been able to understand some of the lesser-known reasons that some startups fail, and more importantly why a few …

These Women Are Building The Software That Quietly Runs The World

When it comes to computer-related jobs, men outnumber women at a rate of about 4 to 1.<p>And when it comes to the open-source software industry, women are even harder to find. A recent study found that 1 out 10 open-source programmers are women (about 10%), and that's up from 2007, when only 2 out of …

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One Simple Way To Get More Women In Leadership:

Close the Generosity Gap<p>Of the powerful crowd that gathered in Davos this year to discuss the world’s challenges, 17% were women. It’s a shocking …

Could these 2 women help solve Silicon Valley's diversity problem?

The talk these days is about why there are so few women in tech. Last August, Katharine Zaleski and Milena Berry created a company that they claim …