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Gender Equality

Catalyst and Cause – Parsing the Challenge of Gender in Tech

In Business Culture
Gender Equality
Personal Growth

This morning it was announced that I was part of the executive producer team for the feature-length documentary “CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap,” which is set to premiere next month at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.  The film takes a critical look at why so many American women and minorities eschew careers in computer science, despite high paying and intellectually rewarding opportunities.  I’m incredibly humbled and proud to be amongst the ranks of Robin Hauser Reynolds and her production team in the mission to better understand the difficulties women face in tech.  Clearly articulating the challenge is the first true step to bridging the technology gender gap once and for all—and CODE moves us toward that goal in an engaging and artful way. For those who know me, my commitment to the CODE film will come as no surprise.  I’ve been a lifelong advocate for the advancement of […]

Listening-3

Changing Course on GoDaddy Advertising

27th January 2015

Earlier today we previewed GoDaddy’s Super Bowl spot on a popular talk show, and shortly after a controversy started to swirl about Buddy, our puppy, being sold online. The responses were emotional and direct. Many people urged us not to run the ad. We’ve made a tremendous amount of progress over the past two years, advancing the GoDaddy brand as a company that cares a great deal about small business and is in their corner to help them succeed. People increasingly know who we are, what we do and who we do it for.  At the end of the day, our purpose at GoDaddy is to help small businesses around the world build a successful online presence. We hoped our ad would increase awareness of that cause. However, we underestimated the emotional response—and we heard that loud and clear. The net is we are pulling the ad from the Super […]

Women In Tech

Women in Tech: A Cause Worth the Effect

6th October 2014

I recently published an op-ed in Fortune magazine on the barriers I see in our progress toward improving the gender diversity in the tech industry.  The full article can be read here, but I’ve also chosen to post an enhanced version below that includes some of my personal motivations on the subject as well as comparative stats: This week, the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing will come to Arizona, GoDaddy’s home state, for the 20th anniversary of the conference designed to connect, inspire and guide women in computing.  Since their first meeting with 500 attendees in 1994, the event has grown to become the world’s largest gathering of women in computing.  Along the way, they’ve helped thousands of women technologists find a voice in our male dominated industry and opened the conversation about inequities, large and small, that are woven into the fabric of the technology industry. Notwithstanding the […]

Grace Hopper

A Thoughtful Minute for Liz Henry

30th September 2014

Thank you Liz for your thoughtful questions on why I’m participating in the “Allies Panel” at the Grace Hopper Celebration for Women next week.  Instead of trying to answer them all in 140 characters or less on Twitter, I’ve opted to answer them here as a Q&A. I’ve included your questions verbatim: Q: I want to take you seriously for a minute. How could you think that a conf that’s 99% women needs to hear you on this? A: I believe strongly that it’s going to take all of us to close the glaring (and growing) gender diversity gap in technology.  I don’t see it as a women’s problem, I see it as a human problem—and lessening that disparity will not only make tech a better (and more innovative) industry, it will make the world a better place for all of us to live.  I’ve worked in technology for a […]

Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality and the American Dream for Small Business

10th September 2014

The Internet, by its very nature, has been the greatest force for positive economic and social change I’ve seen in my lifetime. It connects people to ideas, marketplaces and to each other; crossing oceans, borders and cultures with ease. It has done more for educating and inspiring good in the world than the most successful newspaper or the most popular politician — toppling dictatorships, exposing corruption and giving a voice to those who would otherwise be silenced. It has fueled the economic freedom of millions and has been a pipeline to understanding, liberty, peace and human solidarity. What’s made the Internet great from the onset is a philosophy that says that access should be open to all. For my customers at GoDaddy, it allows any smart and passionate individual to compete head-to-head with the largest global enterprises, regardless of their access to capital. That philosophy is now under threat by […]