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Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  26 reviews
From one of Time Magazine's "Forty Most Influential Minds in Technology” comes an essential collection of candid, first-hand accounts of women in technology.

Women in technology are on the rise in both power and numbers, and now it's more important than ever to not lose that momentum, to "lean in" and close the gender gap. Although they make up half of the population, only
Paperback, 223 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Diversion Books (first published September 2nd 2014)
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Deborah Jackson
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read numerous business and subject books that are about women-- women using their innate perspective to create new products and companies, and books with practical advice about what women need to do to succeed. Each book presents some insight. But, no book I have ever read presents the commonality and universality of the experience women face as innovators, as founders, and as funders as the book, Innovating Women.

Innovating Women is an exquisite compilation of personal and heartfelt acc
Priscilla Oppenheimer
This book is about innovation, and an innovative process was used to create it. A lot of the content was crowd-sourced. I was one of hundreds of women who participated in telling our stories. My involvement might bias my review a little bit, but to be honest, I didn't know what to expect. Now, reading the book, I am blown away.

The individual stories are moving and inspirational. It's very helpful to hear that other women struggled as much as I did with the male-dominated technology field, but w
Sep 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Most of the Western world imagines the lone male inventor when thinking about innovation. This image is a myth on two fronts: the lone inventor and the male.

Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya invited women innovators to crowd-create a book on women innovators, dispelling the myth of the “male” only innovator. And they’ve succeeded, fabulously. Innovating Women is a collection of stories – personal, powerful, inspiring, encouraging, disruptive, challenging stories - of women who grabbed the status qu
Anne Neville
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I began reading Innovating Women on a cross-country plane ride and 4.5 hours later still couldn’t put it down. Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya have done a phenomenal job of highlighting the inspiring stories of women of all ages and ethnicities across the globe. While the nexus of all these stories is life in the tech sector, each has a different focus – investing/funding, entrepreneurship, work/life trade-offs, etc. Situated between each story are smaller vignettes nudged against statistics and ...more
Sharon Vosmek
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When I first met Vivek he had just produced his seminal research on the dearth of women in Silicon Valley that his wife’s keen observation at TechCrunch had spurred. The Anatomy of an Entrepreneur, published in November 2009, served as critical validation for much of what we intuitively knew and had already implemented at Astia. The reality that Vivek uncovered is profound and serves as critical myth busting: that women high growth entrepreneurs are more like their male counterparts than differe ...more
Keely Brandon
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reading Innovating Women has been like having dozens of intimate mentorship chats with leading woman. I am a woman and have certainly faced my share of sexist/ otherwise inappropriate comments and behavior, both in science/ academia and in business, but I have been surprised by many of the challenges and issues that my fellow women entrepreneurs have faced and overcome. It has been a great read, but it will remain in my life as a treasured resource. It maintains an excellent balance of stories w ...more
Sovita Chander
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! I was a crowdsource contributor to this project, and it's wonderful to see the end result. The stories are from women all over the world, and not just Silicon Valley, so it's great to see a multiplicity of voices here.

The writing is terrific. I wasn't sure how the authors would pull all of these different perspectives together, but the text they produced is powerful. The stories are inspirational. There are lessons here for all of us - both men and women, anyone who cares a
Msalways Right
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An awesome job! So glad I was part of the development and so inspiring! It offers women great advice on how and where to get funding for their start ups. I can't wait for the inspiration this book will bring.
Renee T.
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a crowdsourced book and it shows. I wanted to love it enough to give it five stars, but I had some issues with how it was put together.

I do want to say that the stories in this book are great. I enjoyed reading about women who have succeeded in diverse corners of the tech industry, who can serve as role models for girls and women who want to do the same. I was already familiar with many of the stories and statistics because I make an effort to stay on top of them in the news and on twitt
LeeAnn Heringer
I'm really not sure who the intended audience for this book is. I've been an engineer in Silicon Valley for 30 years, but I'm not it. (1) This is like me reading a book about tying my shoes and since I've been trying my shoes by myself for a bit, you're going to have to bring something new to the topic. And they didn't. Most of the essays in this book were very superficial. (2) I interpret women in technology as engineers and scientists working with technology. This book focuses on investors and ...more
Catherine Rose
Sep 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Vivek Wadhwa & Farai Chideya exquisitely stitch together the thread of common stories of women in technology – revealing common struggles, barriers and obstacles. Their book is impeccably worded and authentic to the unique voices and experiences of outstanding female leaders.
I found the stories relevant, relatable and on-point to situations I have encountered in my career as an engineer and manager in technology companies. Wadhwa and Chideya include outstanding recommendations for steps for
I won a copy of this in a First Reads Drawing.

This is the first won book that I can't get through. I've been trying for a month to read it, but I can't get any farther than 30 pages in before I die of boredom and forget what it's even supposed to be about. It's supposed to be a collection of essays by women with regards to innovation and technology, but the principal author is a MALE. He writes the introduction and I feel like he's condescending and racist.

I also get the feeling that many of th
Cindy Bellomy
Oct 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting book that had helpful ideas that could also be applied to other fields.
I particularly enjoyed the essays by successful women in technology interspersed throughout the book.
Karen Catlin
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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I found the stories by Kim Polese, Heidi Roizen, Mary Grove and Megan Smith especially inspiring. And I loved the advice from Liddy Karter, who wrote, "the next time your six foot four, square-jawed, broad shouldered colleague restates what you just said and everyone nods approvingly after looking bored when you spoke, just thank him for agreeing with you." Oh yes. I can't wait to put that into practice.

I was surprised that the book encompassed much more than just women in technology (since it w
Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology by Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya A collection of essays on everything that comes with being a woman in tech and entrepreneurship, Innovating Women paints a progressing and bright future for women, the tech industry and entrepreneurs. The essays cover all sorts of topics within this realm such as sexual harassment, internal biases, advice for women coming into the industry and advice for companies looking to diversify. The essays come from a dive ...more
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
A truly inspiring read for anyone in STEM fields.

This book highlights some of the accomplishments of women in various fields and the structure of a crowdfunded/sourced book bringing together many stories from across the world works well. It's also great to be able to read about how various well-known organizations like the Ada Initiative and Women2.0 came about. It gives direction and advice through stories from successful women about various topics from harassment and discrimination, to being s
Myra Nawabi
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a crowd sourced book and it shows it. Vivek is truly an awe inspiring man and the work that he and his team has done to bring forth Innovating Women to us is worthy of every award and accolade.

I am blown away by the incredible courage that the women featured in this book have shown. It is not easy to step forward and tell one's story; the women should be commanded. This book captures all essence of the dozens of one-on-one conversations that I have had for years with the many women that
Katie Elizabeth
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Vivek Wadhwa’s Innovating Women is an absolute must read for every women and man desiring to have an impact in technology and in the innovation economy. The compelling stories of so many women from around the globe striving to not just survive, but to thrive, are beyond inspirational. While the harsh challenges often faced by innovating women are revealed, so too are the examples of the many, many women who are overcoming the obstacles, successfully innovating, and truly transforming the world f ...more
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Mar 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
Didn't like the book at all. It interpets information in a way that promotes it's main idea.

It's not a secret that women today seem to achieve way less than men.
The book tries to proves this wrong, and while I wish it was right, I believe they were using misleading statistics to make it look real.

Yes, there's sexism and yes it's harder as a woman today, no doubt about it, but I honestly think women can do better than they currently perform.
I wish we'd see more female innovators in the near futu
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This lively collaboration features rock stars who have paved the way for women in tech. While many achievements have been accomplished, the situation is still dire. As Winston Churchill said - "If you're going through hell, keep going." The battle goes on but slowly women are figuring out how to play the game and many men are beginning to support and advocate for them. Personally I believe it's a shame that Wadhwa was bullied off the stage by the same people he was trying to help. We need more p ...more
Cynthia Hellen
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an incredible project to have been a part of. Vivek along with the many women who participated showed much passion and dedication to making this book show all the women who are at the forefront of technology and innovation. As a millennial who is living in a world where men dominate majority of the industries, I find this book to be inspirational and exceptional. The stories that each women featured in the book not only shows us how strong we are but truly courageous to withstand the in ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A must read for anyone interested in improving innovation, here is a direct and unfortunately not often enough employed strategy - seek out bright women and allow them the flexibility to engage. We saw the wonders of this strategy in 1940's with Rosie the Riveter. Today, we need a new galvanizing image and Wadhwa and Chideya have given us a plethora to choose from.
Anu Mercian
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book has multiple success stories of women who have made it big in the technology industry. Some are really inspiring. The book highlights some action plans to overcome unbalanced gender ratio in the technology Industry.
Sep 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I won a free copy from the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway Program and think that it interesting and beneficial. I would recommend it to everyone.
Vanessa Slavich
collaborative and comprehensive view on women of today and the future
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