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Inaugural We Own It Summit Program book (downloadable PDF)

Inaugural We Own It Summit Press Advisory - May 27, 2010

Inaugural We Own It Summit Recap Release - June 14, 2010

Press inquiries, including requests for press passes, should be directed to media@weownitsummit.com

Press Coverage From Past Summits:

ENTREPRENEURS -- MANAGE YOURSELVES! By Penny Herscher, The Huffington Post Blog, June 9, 2010
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/penny-herscher/entrepreneurs---manage-yo_b_606751.html

WHY VENTURE CAPITAL FIRMS NEED MORE WOMEN PARTNERS By Nick Leiber, Business Week, June 9, 2010
http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/running_small_business/archives/2010/06/why_venture_capital_firms_need_more_women_partners.html

WHY AREN'T THERE MORE WOMEN STARTING HIGH GROWTH BUSINESSES? By Liz Hamburg, The Huffington Post, June 16, 2010
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/liz-hamburg/why-arent-there-more-wome_b_613197.html

PRESS RELEASE: BABSON COLLEGE - INAUGURAL 'WE OWN IT SUMMIT' PRODUCES TANGIBLE GOALS FOR PROMOTING WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN HIGH GROWTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP, June 17, 2010
http://www3.babson.edu/Newsroom/Releases/We-Own-It-Summit.cfm

CLOSING THE VENTURE CAPITAL GENDER GAP, Women launch nearly half of all startups, yet they lead only 7 percent of companies backed by equity financing, By Sharon Vosmek, Business Week, June 25, 2010
http://www.businessweek.com/smallbiz/content/jun2010/sb20100623_705672.htm

Research to read in preparation for the Summit:

GATEKEEPERS OF VENTURE GROWTH: The Diana Project (correlation of women in VC partnerships and women in the portfolio) "Women venture capitalists do not give preferential treatment to women entrepreneurs, but 70 percent are in partnerships that have closed deals with women-led companies." http://www.kauffman.org/research-and-policy/gatekeepers-of-venture-growth.aspx

THE DIVERSITY PREDICTION THEOREM by Scott Page: "Page shows how groups that display a range of perspectives outperform groups of like-minded experts." http://www.cscs.umich.edu/~spage/thedifference.html

THE ANATOMY OF AN ENTREPRENEUR: "Founders tended to be middle-aged-40 years old on average-when they started their first companies. Nearly 70 percent were married when they became entrepreneurs, and nearly 60 percent had at least one child, challenging the stereotype of the entrepreneurial workaholic with no time for a family." http://www.kauffman.org/typical-company-founders-are-married-with-children-and-well-educated-strive-to-rise-above-their-lower-middle-class-heritage.aspx

ARE WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS DIFFERENT FROM MEN? "Experience, Professional Networks, Encouragement, Support are Keys to Success for High-Growth Women Entrepreneurs, Kauffman Study Finds. Understanding gender similarities and differences can aid efforts to encourage female entrepreneurs and foster high-growth business creation, economic growth"
http://www.kauffman.org/experience-networks-encouragement-support-keys-for-high-growth-women-entrepreneurs.aspx

CHARACTERISTICS OF NEW FIRMS: A COMPARISON BY GENDER "Women-owned Entrepreneurial Startups Underperform Men-owned Firms. Kauffman Foundation research shows differences in startup capital may directly correlate to firm survival and growth" http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/kfs-women-entrepreneurs.aspx

SOURCES OF FINANCING FOR NEW TECHNOLOGY FIRMS: A COMPARISON BY GENDER
"Women Launch High-Tech Firms with Less Financial Capital than Men"
http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/women-launch-high-tech-firms-with-less-financial-capital-than-men.aspx

FIXING SOCIETAL PROBLEMS: IT STARTS WITH MOM AND DAD, by Vivek Wadhwa, TechCrunch, May 15, 2010
http://techcrunch.com/2010/05/15/fixing-societal-problems-it-starts-with-mom-and-dad/

SILICON VALLEY: YOU AND SOME OF YOUR VC'S HAVE A GENDER PROBLEM, by Vivek Wadhwa, TechCrunch, February 7, 2010
http://techcrunch.com/2010/02/07/silicon-valley-you%E2%80%99ve-got-a-gender-problem-and-some-of-your-vc%E2%80%99s-still-live-in-the-past/

OUT OF THE LOOP IN SILICON VALLEY, By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER, The New York Times, April 16, 2010
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/18/technology/18women.html

ADDRESSING THE DEARTH OF FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS, By Vivek Wadhwa, Business Week, February 4, 2010
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/feb2010/tc2010023_986637.htm

A FIX FOR DISCRIMINATION: FOLLOW THE INDIAN TRAILS, By Vivek Wadhwa, TechCrunch, February 21, 2010
http://techcrunch.com/2010/02/21/a-fix-for-discrimination-follow-the-indian-trails/

WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS ARE TRAPPED WITHIN GLASS WALLS, By Lesa Mitchell, Huffington Post, May 11, 2011
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lesa-mitchell/women-entrepreneurs-trapp_b_860298.html

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