Good news for everyone who never got around to reading Lean In: there’s going to be a movie version.
Days after Sheryl Sandberg officially became one of the world’s youngest female billionaires, Deadline has reported that Sony Pictures has made a “preemptive acquisition of film rights” for the Facebook COO’s best-selling book.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Succeed sold 1.5 million copies worldwide, and she’s now retooling it for recent college graduates, USA Today reports. The new addition will include a letter from the author and “six new chapters from experts.”
If Ms. Sandberg needs any help coming up with ideas, she should look no further than HBO’s Girls, which provides myriad examples of what not to do right after you’ve graduated, if you’re the type who wants or needs an actual career.
It’s that time of year! Google has released the year-end numbers for searches and top trends in 2013. Betabeat has pored over the lists and separated the wheat from the gluten-free chaff to bring you this year’s most popular in tech.
The Promo Games Your pretend best friend Jennifer Lawrence embraced her not-so-hidden geeky side this week, plugging her new movie all over Silicon Valley and stopping by Facebook, Yahoo and Google.
She rapped with Sheryl Sandberg at Facebook HQ and posed for a photo. Then, at Marissa Mayer’s palace of purple, Ms. Lawrence promoted Hunger Games: Catching Fire by chatting about Oscar dresses, Katniss’s wardrobe, and her new Kate Gosselin-esque pixie cut.
Cooling with Kim This past weekend saw an unprecedented (but totally welcome) spike in news stories pertaining to both Instagram and the Kardashian Krew, much to our delight. Saturday night, Kim Instagrammed a candid-looking-but-probably-posed selfie of herself and Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom, captioned “Chilling with the creator of Instagram @kevin.” Are the two BFFs now?
More importantly: Second to grandma’s talkshow Kris, the photo-sharing service was one of the first places an official photo of baby Nori was distributed. Take that, Anna Wintour.
Anyway, the pair look like they’re in a closet playing a game of Seven Minutes in Heaven.
Game of Groans Photos from Sean Parker’s Big Sur wedding bash have finally hit the Internet, and they reveal an orgiastic confluence of fur, velvet, coattails, middle-parts and castoff costumes from A Knight’s Tale. Famous people and tech luminaries were abundant, but Mark Zuckerberg declined to attend, VF reports. He probably realized in advance that photos of him dressed as Read More
Remember in the early 2000s when Oprah popularized the Book Club among suburban matriarchs everywhere? Taking a cue from the media queen, your mom and her friends met monthly to laugh, cry, Eat, Pray, Love, and down Pinot Grigio.
If women sought escapism from their hectic lives through reading and meeting with friends at the turn of the millennium, it seems that this decade, they’re following Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s lead, seeking to buckle down and make office life work for them, if this Slate column is any indication.
Ready for their close up This week was the week NYC techies flocked to the TV circuit for their 15 minutes. Betaworks CEO John Borthwick took to CNBC’s Power Lunch for a segment about the hugely popular iPhone game Dots, an app built within the tech non-incubator by designer Patrick Moberg. Digg general manager Jake Levine Read More
Leaning Out of Tumblr Jessica Bennett, the Tumblr employee who was laid off with the shuttering of Storyboard, announced today on Twitter that she’s taken a job with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. “Turns out being fired ain’t that bad,” she tweeted, along with a link to a Facebook post by Ms. Sandberg herself announcing Ms. Bennett’s hiring:
“So excited to welcome Jessica Bennett to the Lean In team! Jessica is joining us to run Editorial – helping us connect women all over the world with their passion for leaning in! Special thanks to Nell Scovell and Rachel Sklar for introducing us to Jessica!”
How much leaning in was required to land that job?
Since hitting bookstores, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In has inspired a national conversation about gender and work. There’s some evidence it’s already having an impact, offering women a great excuse to play hardball in salary talks.
Now comes the inevitable commercial spin-off. The New York Times reports that the technology used to organize and maintain those controversial “Lean In” circles is now available for brands, corporations and their ilk. Starting this summer, users will be able to pony up for features like data analytics.
The software was created by Mightybell, a new startup from Lean In Foundation cofounder and former Ning CEO Gina Bianchini. She explained the tech to the Times: ”What if an influencer, or a brand, or an organization, could go from having passive followers to an active army? It’s like nothing that’s been offered before.” Did she mention they power Lean In circles?
It’s a little disconcerting to see all that activist energy harnessed to hawk software.