Women can do anything!

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  1. Tiring, indeed! Thought you might like to know that a group of Montreal women, disappointed with the current state of affairs, is organizing a women and tech conference, hopefully for the fall. Women, code, startups, entrepreneurship, networking, etc. So, not an all-male, or even mostly-male line-up for once.

  2. True story. Grow Conference contacts me about 2 months back to tell me that Grow Conference is coming and would love my help ‘promoting’ it. I thought, “Okay. Sure. I won’t be hurt that they didn’t ask me to speak. Must be a great lineup.”

    Then they send me the link to blog/tweet and I go and see the same thing as you did: ALL MEN (except for conference organizer Debbie Landa). So, I send a note back, “I can’t promote this. I’ll be throwing you into the lion’s den.”

    I get an excuse back: “We asked women. There just aren’t very many funded/exited founders or VCs/Angels.” Hmmmm…lots of the speakers aren’t exited OR founders, but okay…

    So I took a TOTAL OF 10 MINUTES to do a quick search:

    Women 2.0’s list of female founders with milestones this year and last
    – 2010 – http://www.women2.org/2010-female-founder-startup-successes/ (not all have raised rounds, but most in this list have) – notably Jessica, founder of GetAround who just won the TCDisrupt NYC
    – 2009 – http://www.women2.org/2009-founder-successes/

    As for women angels/VCs:

    Oh…then I hopped over to see that the TC Disrupt winner just ONE WEEK AGO was a WOMAN who is also a CANADIAN!!! (GetAround.com)

    Then got the lamer excuse that the speakers had to be GOOD. Hmmmm…I’ve known some really awful male founder speakers that get asked over and over again to speak. So, I fired her the description for the CEO of Skimlinks (woman) who is also a well-known and celebrated public speaker: http://skimlinks.com/about

    Oh and yeah. There is me. Not funded. But I have been paid handsomely to speak because I draw audiences. But whatev.

    As for Founders Fuel. Can’t say I’m surprised. Saddened. But not surprised. The same group passed on Buyosphere because they ‘Didn’t believe in the team’. Some innuendo there, right?

  3. So…I just got off of the phone with John Stokes from Founder Fuel. It was obviously an oversight on their part (and as they admit in their own post, some laziness), but as John and I discussed, my comment above was a little more bitter sounding than I intended it to be. I had a poor experience with Real Ventures, but that shouldn’t reflect on their character. All sorts of factors go into poor experiences – from all sides of the table.

  4. @Shannon Smith: Thanks for dropping by. A conference that is inclusive is most welcome. Let me know if I can be of any assistance. A women only conference is not what is needed. It is balance that we need to seek so let’s do that together.

  5. @Adele McAlear As soon as we have the directory figured out for Toronto, we will open source our tools and approach and Montreal can replicate it. So stay tuned!

  6. For what it’s worth, the Net Change conference at MaRS has a roughly 50% split in speakers. Not all conferences are created unequal.

    Love the idea of the We Are El Toro Tech site, looking forward to that.

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