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April 26, 2012

I had the pleasure of spending a few hours last night at the Boston Technovation event at MIT.

It was a lot of fun, and a really impressive, nationwide effort. Their mission from their website is as follows:

“The mission of the Technovation Challenge is to promote women in technology by giving girls the skills and confidence they need to be successful in computer science and entrepreneurship. We aim to inspire girls to see themselves not just as users of technology, but as inventors, designers, builders and entrepreneurs”

As the father of two girls, I was just so proud (yes, strange word I guess) to see the dedicated work and enthusiasm of these young women on their projects. It’s a reminder of why I do what I do. I genuinely believe that the problems of this world are going to be solved through entrepreneurial minds leveraging technology towards ambitious goals. And I love programs that kindle the interest of youth in this direction (especially for groups under-represented in technology).

We have one portfolio that is led by a female founder, with hopefully many more in the not too distant future.

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  • Rob Go
     - 1 hour ago
    @tjparker @davegerhardt my last thought here for now :) I think brand is more of a product oversight here than a marketing one
  • Rob Go
     - 1 hour ago
    @tjparker I'd LOVE to write a follow-up post on brand, BTW. I totally agree that it's way under-appreciated. Almost a bad word here
  • Rob Go
     - 1 hour ago
    @tjparker @davegerhardt I think much of the brand was established by founders in the beginning. WP brought on VP Brand in 2013
  • Rob Go
     - 2 hours ago
    @tjparker @davegerhardt ON the quants - my point is not to double-down on quant, but to believe that the quants we have can compete + win
  • Rob Go
     - 2 hours ago
    @tjparker @davegerhardt but it's not because of lack of the human beings. The founders of Warby and Harry's had finance backgrounds

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