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Rumor Roundup: An Ex-Tumblr Storyboarder Gets a Job and a Foursquare VP Gets Hitched

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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? Read More

Modest Proposals

How Else Should ‘Lean In’ Branch Out? Sex Moves! Digital Currency!

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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. Read More

Sheryl Says

This Is What Sheryl Sandberg Looks Like When You Refuse to Lean In

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Betabeat was just perusing Flickr for photos of Sheryl Sandberg, as we do, and happened upon an image of the Facebook COO in what looks like a moment of sheer disappointment. As it turns out, the photo was taken in somber circumstances: Ms. Sandberg was at Davos, dressed down to participate in Refugee Run, an educational experiment meant to teach high-and-mighty global elites a mock lesson in hardship.

But we can’t help but think this is also the face she’d make unless you run into your boss’ office and demand a raise THIS INSTANT. Read More

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Former Zuck Speechwriter Kate Losse Refuses to Lean In


Here’s the thing about Lean In: Your reaction to the book depends, in no small part, on whether you think a hard-charging life filled with work is a worthwhile goal. If you have little interest in the boardroom, this is not the manifesto you were searching for. And if you’re outright suspicious of corporate America’s seemingly endless demands for more work on less pay, Lean In is your new worst frenemy. Read More

Sheryl Says

Somebody Tried to Bug Sheryl Sandberg About the End of Men

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“I want to be clear–I’m not trying to tell anyone what do to. And I’m not trying to prescribe goals for anyone,” said Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg last night at Time Warner. She was patiently explaining yet again the purpose of Lean In: “I’m trying to help women answer the question, ‘If I do want leadership, how do I get there?'”

“My book is not meant to be comprehensive. I don’t have parenting advice, it doesn’t go deeply into the public policy issues. It’s one piece of the puzzle.” Read More

Sheryl Says

Sheryl Sandberg SWEARS Lean In Isn’t Just a Way to Tee Up a Political Run

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Did you think you were going to be able to escape talking about Lean In if you just kept quiet for a few days? How wrong you were! Sheryl Sandberg’s kinda-sorta manifesto is everywhere this week: 60 MinutesCosmo, and Time have all run big, splashy features on the Facebook COO. The latest to join the love-fest: USA Today.

But in her interview with the USA Today, Ms. Sandberg took the time to push back on one common assumption about her plans for the next few years: Read More