What Does ‘Product’ Even Mean? Complex Exec Lays It All Out

Ms. Barazany (jjdigital PR)

When Complex hired Ayalla Barazany, it was the first time they’d hired someone to work in “product.”

Now, as VP of Product, the Israeli-born Ms. Barazany works to ensure the company’s business goals are in line with what its tech department is capable of producing. She also makes sure Complex’s user experience, or UX, is as strong as possible.

On top of it all, Ms. Barazany has excelled in a series of predominantly-male departments.

“I’ve never focused on [being the only woman],” she told Betabeat. “I’m doing what’s best for me.” Read More

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Slumber Party at Google: Mindy Kaling, Chelsea Clinton and Icona Pop Coax Girls Into Coding

Teens, celebs, coders and pop singers onstage at Made w/ Code. (Photo by Getty)

Yesterday, Google packed 150 girls, their chaperones and a slew of celebrities into the Skylight Modern for their inaugural Made w/ Code event. The young ladies enjoyed a light-up dance show, a make-your-own bracelet station, free candy and popcorn, a three-song Icona Pop performance, and talks from three badass female coders.

The vibe vacillated from slumber party to coding camp to TED talk to pop concert. It was awesome. Read More

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Although Full of Other Rich People Things, Most Ladymags Lack Tech Coverage

We'd honestly love to hear Miley's thoughts on Tinder. (Photo: celebmafia.com)

On the heels of some promising ladies in tech news, today we learn that most women’s interest magazines are pretty much ignoring that technology even exists.

A campaigning agency in the UK called Lady Geek recently found that fewer than 2 percent of pages in top British and American mags refer to anything tech related, Business Insider reports. And in November’s editions, there were zero articles primarily about technology. Read More

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Women Outnumber Men in New Tech Hires This Year

Eeeeesh. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

You don’t need a Hackers and Hookers party flier to understand that things are a little off balance for women in the tech industry. But here is some good news for aspiring techies who lack a Y chromosome: 60 percent of new tech jobs this year went to women.

The data come from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, InfoWorld reports, and the numbers come from the first nine months of 2013. In 2012, half as many tech jobs–just 34 percent–went to women. Read More

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Newsflash: Silicon Valley Founders Still Overwhelmingly White and Asian Dudes

Not actually a tech job. (Photo: Getty)

In news of the complete and total bummer variety, new numbers show that founders of California tech companies are still overwhelmingly white guys. But hey, it’s not a total monoculture: Asian men fare well in Silicon Valley, too.

The stats come courtesy of Catherine Bracy, who spoke yesterday at the Personal Democracy tech conference. She moved to San Francisco to run Team Obama’s technology field office in 2012, Mother Jones reports. When she arrived, she was struck by the “jarring inequality visible everywhere in Silicon Valley — between rich and poor, between men and women, between white people and, well, everyone else.” Read More

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Despite Gains on the Business Side, Women Lag in Computer Science

Where's their tea? Ladies love tea. (Photo: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)

Things are looking better for the ladies of the tech business, but we’ve still got a long way to go on the computer science front. That’s the conclusion the panelists of Women to Watch seem to have reached in yesterday’s premiere of our industry’s very own version of The View, your mom’s favorite show about ladies sitting around yakkin’ about stuff.

According to the Bloomberg News recap, the panelists agreed that things are looking a lot sunnier these days, with many venture capitalists happy to hand out cash and founding teams looking for a female perspective.

However:  Read More

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Survey Says: Number of Women in Top U.S. Tech Jobs Has Declined Since 2010

According to this survey, Sheryl Sandberg is one lucky lady. (flickr.com/financialtimes)

New York may have double the female founders, but that statistic refers primarily to fledgling startups. What about the ladies leading large technology companies?

According to a new report by technology recruiting company the Harvey Nash Group, the number of women in top-tier IT positions has decreased since 2010. “Nine percent of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) are female, down from 11 percent last year and 12 percent in 2010,” reports Reuters. Read More