This Month on HuffPo: Silicon Valley Thinks Women Equal Success

This month on the Huffington Post, I take on what Silicon Valley really thinks of women. In response to this Newsweek article suggesting that the climate for women in tech is more hostile than I’ve found in my experience, I seek to share some of my own positive insights, including as a board member of an all-women venture fund, Illuminate. Indeed, there are a lot of type-A jerks in Silicon Valley (and on Wall Street, and really everywhere in business). There are also a number of women like Cindy Padnos of Illuminate and like me who are thriving in positions of leadership. The real story on what Silicon Valley and the business world thinks of women isn’t only what’s sensationalized in the media. There’s far more to our tale, which is one of success, including a study showing that women tech leaders are bringing in higher ROIs than men.

For more big-picture insights on the successful status of women in the Valley, click here to read my full piece on HuffPo.

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About Kira Makagon

Kira Makagon is a successful serial entrepreneur and tech industry leader. A graduate of UC Berkeley with both an undergraduate degree in computer science and an MBA, she enjoys sharing her lessons learned from being a veteran “only woman in the room.” Kira's recent awards and recognitions include the following: 2015 YWCA Silicon Valley Tribute to Women Award 2015 Golden Bridge Business and Innovation Awards Named to Silicon Valley Business Journal Women of Influence in 2015 Named to SF Business Times Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business for 2015 and 2016 2016 Bay Area CIO Awards finalist

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