Apparently Ms. Sklar wasn't at the conference, or perhaps she missed Carol Bartz or Marissa Mayer on stage. Or maybe she was unaware that Heather Harde is the CEO of Techcrunch.
This slam was totally unfair to Mike Arrington, Heather Harde, and Techcrunch. Mike responded here. Mike and Heather always try hard to get as many women as possible on the Techcrunch stage. I have personally helped them get women speakers and panelists. All the top women in tech get more invitations to speak than they can possibly handle.
Carol Bartz and Arianna Huffington are among my favorites. They speak as often as they can, but they are incredibly busy. Mike Arrington had Carol Bartz on stage at Techcrunch Disrupt in New York. It was one of the best interviews ever. Carol matched Mike for sharp wit and quick come-backs. I would pay to see that again!
Here is my list of Top Women in Tech that I read and follow. They are smart and insightful. I listen to them and love to see them on stage at conferences. I have a Twitter list of all of them if you would like to follow them.
- @Sarahcuda - Sarah Lacy, author of several books and writer for Techcrunch
- @MarissaMayer - VP of products at Google
- @KaraSwisher - Writer and provocateur at BoomTown and All Things D
- @Christine - Christine Herron - First Round Capital
- @MaryjoFoley - Writer for ZDnet, follows Microsoft
- @Pistachio - Laura Fitton, founder of oneforty.com
- @Cshipley - Chris Shipley, longtime at DEMO, founder of Guidewire Group
- @JessiWrites - Jessi Hempel, formerly at BusinessWeek, now at Fortune
- @CharleneLi - Charlene Li, founder of Altimeter Group
- @Kabster728 - Katie Boehret, writer at Wall Street Journal
- @AriannaHuff - Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post
- @Megan - Megan McCarthy - TechMeme and MediaGazer
- @Edyson - Esther Dyson, conference organizer, Angel Investor
- @InaFried - writer at Cnet
- @Zephoria - danah Boyd - researcher, writer, Microsoft
- @GigaStacey - Stacey Higginbotham - writer at GigaOm
- @Sarah_Ross - Head of Digital at Katalyst Films, formerly at Yahoo
- @ElizaBrooks - Elizabeth Brooks, formerly VP of marketing at Napster
- @Jhurwitz - Judith Hurwitz, Consulting Group
- @Alexia - Alexia Tsotsis - writer at Techcrunch
- @ShiraLazar - CBSnews, Media personality, always at tech conferences
- @Halley - Halley Suitt, exec at Communispace
- @XeniJardin - Editor at Boing Boing, contributor to Wired Magazine
- @Caterina - Caterina Fake, founder of Flickr and Hunch
- @Mollydotcom - Molly Holzschlag - open web, blogger, conference speaker
- @Missusp - Christine Perkett, Boston based PerkettPR agency
- @GinaTrapani - LifeHacker , blogger, techwriter
- @JolieOdell - Jolie O'Dell, writer at Mashable
- @Caro - Caroline McCarthy - writer at Cnet
- @Padmasree - Padmasree Warrior, CTO at Cisco
There are lots of great women in tech, but on a percentage basis it is still pretty low. That may change over time as more women graduate from engineering and sciences, and go on to start companies, or become execs at tech companies. Until then, read these women, promote them, ReTweet them, and encourage others to get involved.
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