Where Are the Women Directors at Hot Web 2.0 Companies?

Susan Hall
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Though I wrote last month that the number of Silicon Valley companies with at least one woman on the board has grown, Kara Swisher at All Things Digital lambasts the top Web 2.0 companies for having none. As in zero. That's at hotshot companies Twitter, Facebook, Zynga, Groupon and Foursquare.

 

She writes:

There is no question it is tough to make sure there is a good balance of qualified women leaders to men in tech-it is an issue we wrestle with every single year for the program of speakers at our own All Things Digital conference ...
But it can be done, especially at public tech companies. Google has two women on its board of nine directors; Yahoo has three of 10; even Oracle has two of a dozen.
But a grand total of zero at the leading companies of Web 2.0 is not just a coincidence. It's a shame.

She also says:

What's most remarkable is that most of these startups are run by what I consider enlightened and open-minded entrepreneurs, mostly young enough to be part of a generation more inclined to value equality and diversity in the workplace.

The idea that boards need diversity is gaining traction around the world. I recently wrote about a UK group, known as the 30% Club, that's attempting to raise the number of women on corporate boards by a third by 2014. And it wants to do so without the quota system that has been imposed in some other European countries. Recent stories on the rising influence of educated, ambitious women in the Middle East and India suggest the trend will only continue.

 


Swisher plans tomorrow to present a list of highly qualified women for those board positions.



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