Just yesterday, I sorted the 16 million plus followers of @theEllenShow, in paginated results of 5,000 each. It takes a while on larger accounts but works like a champ.
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That's what the December 2012 headline of the Fort Worth StarTelegram said....
Kennedale mom is deep in the app development world
Photo by Terry Evans/Star Telegram
The story was written by journalist Patrick Walker, a very nice guy. Our first meeting he was checking out the story possibility with a reporters slanted eye, (and I'm paraphrasing here) "These products are yours? YOU developed these? Are there any other owners? These are YOUR products? No one else has right to these, right?"
My husband and I laugh when we think about it. It seems most publications (we've been trying hard about a year to get some media recognition) don't get it; that one, extremely, motivated person with a little skill, a little 401K plus a lot of tensity surely can build digital products. But it ain't easy!
So, yes I do have rocking, working, selling products & I'll list some of them at the end of this blog post.
Patrick Walker's article was nice AND I'm very appreciative of it. (to date the Star Telegram is the only media outlet to respond)
The article bills our products as unique, inexpensive Christmas gifts... hey I'll take any slant I can get.
It skims the nitty gritty life as a boot strapping entrepreneur devoted to developing digital products without the help of a rich uncle or venture capital.
The story mentions some lessons I've learned along the way about running a server, and mentions dealing with free lance coders in other countries. One thing not mentioned is the practice of "Couch Surfing." I learned all about couch surfing from a guy named Aditya. Aditya is a young developer in India whom I paid $500 in advance for some development work. I didn't mind paying him in advance because I had worked with him for about 8 months prior. Couch surfing is a practice where people travel around from place to place, meeting, greeting and partying with strangers then crashing on their couch! I know this because I followed him on twitter, watching as he spent my $500!
In my quest to find NFL data streams for NFL Player Tweets - I discovered a new friend at ESPN.
My new friend whom I will not throw under the bus by divulging his name, told me of an ESPN hackathon and outreach to female developers.
Unfortunately we are unable to distribute data (including score and schedule info) offered through the Partner-level APIs without some kind of agreement in place, which is why they are currently reserved for more strategic companies working with ESPN.
The primary reason is that ESPN does not own all of its content (we license some from 3rd parties) and therefore we cannot always redistribute that content.
We are working on things that would enable us to bring a broader set of data to independent app developers, startups, etc. No specific date attached to that effort, but definitely looking to have something to announce early next year. We're also committed to bringing additional assets to our publicly available API in the coming months.
In terms of working with talented female developers, we're always interested in speaking with talented technical people who are also sports fans. Have you ever considered working for ESPN? We're currently hiring software developers and Web developers for ESPN.com/Fantasy/etc. If this is something you are interested in I'd be happy to take your resume and pass it along to some of our hiring managers.
Here are some of the tech positions we currently have open. Let me know if any catch your eye:
Additionally, we just announced today our first-ever public hackathon which is female-focused developer event, and we will temporarily open up our data beyond the publicly available APIs for the participants of this event. It's at Stanford University. Not sure where you're located but it would be awesome if you could attend. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Twilio, and Mashery are joining us and handing out prizes.
Twitter the favorite social network of yours truly and several million others crapped out today causing mass confusion.
It made virtual headlines around the globe as bloggers speculated the end of the earth was upon us.
I jumped to Google+ where life appeared to be normal.....I was searching for signs of Twitter life, thinking maybe all the Twitter accounts I'd actually created had finally caught up with me! They'd cut me off for good! Holy crap how will I live without Twitter!!!!!!
I then clicked over to Facebook to see what my friends were saying on Pinterest.
Story and photos from USAToday.com - was very glad to see this. Needless to say women don't get near enough recognition. Not surprisingly there's tons of comments knocking the womens accomplishments. Posting things like, "To call these companies "tech" companies is like calling a 900-number phone sex company a tech company because it uses the technology of the telephone. Most of these are so-called "social media" companies - just more websites to share dessert recipes, find a baby sitter, etc." I visualize this person as a nerdy dork with a mouse in one hand and his penis in the other.
The article stems from a round table of female executives hosted by USA Today.
It's good reading, if you're interested in the subject.
The emergence of young female tech founders and executives reflects sweeping change in the worlds of start-up companies and angel funding, where wealthy investors give money in return for a stake in a company. It underscores the enormous purchasing prowess of women online that is transforming the Web economy. As more consumers reach for their smartphones and tablets to shop and communicate, there is a pressing need for commerce sites that cater to women, who control 70% of online purchases worldwide, according to Lisa Stone, CEO of BlogHer, a digital media company.
Many of these inroads are being made by female-led start-ups that are fueling innovation and the digital economy. Women will influence the purchase of $15 trillion in goods by 2014, according to Boston Consulting Group.
"Female users are the unsung heroines behind the most engaging, fastest-growing and most valuable consumer Internet and e-commerce companies," says venture capitalist Aileen Lee. She has invested in Brit, a lifestyle branding company, and Plum District, an e-commerce site for moms, among many ventures led by women.
Make no mistake: The executive suite for business in general and the technology industry specifically remains a male stronghold. Just 3% of all tech start-ups are led by women, according to a Kauffman Foundation report. Only a handful of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies are women. Indeed, the glass ceiling remains a reality for many women, and charges of sexual harassment and sexual discrimination persist. In fact, a recent lawsuit by Ellen Pao, a junior partner at one of the Valley's most prestigious venture funds, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, is all the buzz here these days because it exposes the fragile position women hold in the tech world.
Even so, there is reason for optimism.
"The technology landscape has flattened," says Shaherose Charania, CEO of Women 2.0, a media company and resource that helps thousands of aspiring and current female entrepreneurs launch new ventures. Its innovation conference in Mountain View, Calif., in February drew 1,000 people, three times the audience in 2011.
Precise numbers are elusive, but anecdotally they seem to bear out Charania's thesis: The number of women starting tech companies nationally has doubled the past three years, according to an informal poll by Women 2.0.
Meanwhile, all but two of the 19 U.S. high-tech IPOs in 2009 had at least one female officer. Compare that with 1988, when only 4% of the 134 firms that went public in the U.S. had women in top management spots.
"I've been involved in the New York City start-up scene for several years, and I've seen many more female entrepreneurs getting their projects off the ground recently," says Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley, who has participated in fundraisers and events for start-ups led by women.
Start it up
Of late, it's been a thrill ride for female entrepreneurs in tech. Advances in technology, lower infrastructure costs and ample angel investing have made it easier to launch an early-stage company, says Leah Busque, CEO of TaskRabbit, an eBay of sorts for odd jobs.
It's cheaper to start a company today because Web servers and other equipment cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, not the millions once required for high-end computer servers. Newer technologies, such as cloud computing, reduce infrastructure costs. And coding isn't as onerous as it once was. Those changes have allowed entrepreneurs to build products faster and land funding sooner.
Five years ago, starting and funding a female-led tech company would have been a formidable task, says Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. But, today, women are helping each other through groups such as Women Who Code, Astia and Girls in Tech, and some venture capitalists are warming up to backing companies led by women.
"We (women) try to band together and look out for each other," says Brit Morin, 26, founder of Brit. In April, she landed $1.25 million in seed funding for Weduary, a Web app for building wedding sites. Among the investors: Google Vice President Marissa Mayer, VC Lee and former BabyCenter CEO Tina Sharkey. Before starting Brit, Morin worked in marketing at Google for four years.
"It's great to be a woman in tech. It's definitely a buzzy time," says Katia Beauchamp, 29, CEO of Birchbox, a monthly subscription service for grooming and beauty products. "We're blazing a path, but we're also benefiting from other pioneers."
Foremost among those receiving credit is Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, who has successfully juggled running a multibillion-dollar company and raising a family while mentoring female execs.
Sarah Leary, who in late 2010 co-founded Nextdoor, a private social network for neighborhoods, also credits the dramatic jump in angel investors who have taken their riches from Google, PayPal, eBay and Yahoo, and invested them in start-ups.
Angel investor Dave McClure, whose firm has funded more than 50 companies led by women, has noticed the influx of female CEOs the past year with a parallel surge in e-commerce and consumer sites. "Buyers trend female more than male," he says.
Indeed, 60% of Facebook's membership is female, and their purchasing interests are broad, says Anjelika Petrochenko, general manager of social network LiveJournal.
More progress to be made
For more than a decade, the short list of female execs mentioned in the news media was the province of folks such as Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, who ran eBay for a decade; former Autodesk and Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz; and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. In recent years, the list expanded to include the likes of Google's Mayer and Facebook's Sandberg.
But social movements take time. The pipeline from academia is relatively dry. Just a fraction of the estimated 120,000 computer-science graduates in the U.S. each year are women — 11.7% of bachelor degrees in 2010-11, down from 13.8% in 2009-10, according to Computing Research Association. India and China are graduating nearly 1 million men and women annually in computer science.
Only 1% of venture-capital money was invested in companies run by female CEOs in 2010, the most recent year available, according to Dow Jones VentureOne. It says a general drop in VC investment hit women-led companies particularly hard.
That is borne out in several unshakeable statistics that underscore the yawning gap between the sexes in executive board rooms. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Xerox CEO Ursula Burns and DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman are exceptions among the predominately male Fortune 500 CEOs. A scant 3% of public companies — not to mention, Fortune 500 firms — are headed by women, says research company GMI.
"There always has been, and continues to be, a shortage of female-led companies," says Dana Stalder, general partner at VC firm Matrix Partners, which has investments in female-led start-ups such as home-care company Care.com and online retailer Gilt Groupe. About 10% of private companies in Matrix's portfolio were founded by female entrepreneurs.
Female leaders are convinced that such start-ups will lead to spin-offs or investments in other companies led by women.
That has paid off handsomely for Rashmi Sinha, co-founder of SlideShare, an online community for sharing PowerPoint and Word documents and other presentations, which was sold to LinkedIn for $119 million in April.
"As the ecosystem becomes more supportive, you will see more companies created," says Kimber Lockhart, 26, a trained engineer who sold her then-2-year-old start-up, Increo Solutions, to Box for an undisclosed amount in 2009. Several companies bid for the documentation-management firm.
Adds Leary, "It is exciting to see so many (women-led) companies. But it is a long journey, and there are many stages to that journey to be successful."