More than half of the staff at Standing Cloud are women, a ratio that ascends up through the ranks here. So it was a no-brainer to sign up with Lucy Sanders' organization, National Center for Women & Information Technology recently as a founding member of its Entrepreneurial Alliance.
It's also thrilling to watch NCWIT play a key part in President Obama's Startup America Partnership, an outgrowth of the White House's Startup America campaign, launched earlier this year.
Here's NCWIT on the subject:
- NCWIT’s role in the Startup America Partnership will include helping high-tech startups capitalize on the increased innovation and business benefits of gender diversity, and by promoting the achievements of women entrepreneurs.
- “NCWIT is thrilled to be joining the Startup America Partnership and promoting the priorities of entrepreneurs and startups,” said Brad Feld, Chairman of the Board of NCWIT. “Women represent a vast, mostly untapped technology talent pool and a creative edge for startups; they are a game-changer for U.S. innovation.”
(note: Brad Feld is also on the board of Standing Cloud)
And here's some interesting info on women and technology, again from NCWIT:
- Women represent more than 50 percent of the American professional workforce and own more than 40 percent of private businesses in the U.S., yet they fill only 25 percent of technology jobs and start only 8 percent of technology companies. In contrast, research shows that tech companies with a higher representation of women in their management teams have a higher return on investment; that startups run by women use less capital and are more likely to survive the transition to established company; and that including women in a group is more likely to increase its collective intelligence, helping it solve problems better and faster than homogenous groups.