the Week of April 7, 2014
Photo of a white man in an Iron Maiden shirt playing air guitar.

We explore why most entrepreneurs shouldn’t raise VC, critique the strategies we use to hire engineers, and find out new ways to fund conference speaking and attendance. We cover networking for capital, funding geek feminist activism, and the ethics of for-profit social platforms. Plus, a Q&A on women angel investors, news on how you can help fight evictions, and five positive things happening in VC today. Header photo CC-BY mijustin, cropped.

Mary Gardiner and Valerie Aurora, co-founders of The Ada Initiative, pose, smiling, at an AdaCamp.

The Ada Initiative Founders on Funding Activism for Women in Open Source

Their story, and how they see the complications and changes in the funding landscape.

Scan of a vintage photo of Henry Ford riding in a Model-T car, which is emblazoned Fifteen Millionth Car.

The #TwitterEthics Manifesto

You don’t need to speak for us -- we are talking.

A woman pitches to a group of a dozen other women, seated at tables in a brightly lit space.

Q&A With Pipeline Fellowship

Changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs.

Johnson, the author, posing in the middle of a group of five other SXSW attendees. A large conference banner is behind them.

Networking for Capital: Advice for Entrepreneurs Getting Started in Tech

If companies founded by underrepresented groups are to grow and scale, they must be vigilant in creating their sphere of influence.

An array of about ten badges spread across the table. Many have ribbons and special tags on them that say 'invited speaker'.

Getting Funding to Attend and Speak at IT Conferences

Creative Ways to Fund Your Participation at Tech Conferences… Even When Your Employer Won’t Pay

The memorial statue in Glendale.

Gawking At Rape Culture

We Are Not Your Clickbait.

Screenshot of the website. The title reads 'San Francisco is in Crisis' and the subtitle is 'Real-estate speculators are evicting longtime city residents. Many of the affected are ELDERLY, DISABLED and LOW-INCOME with no affordable housing options. YOU CAN HELP. Don't rent or buy property available because of a no-fault eviction.'

Bay-Area Residents: Rent Responsibly

Don’t Move Into Housing Available Due to Eviction Law Abuse

A pen and ink drawing of Alice in Wonderland holding a flamingo.

Five Good Things Happening in Venture Capital

VC is paying attention, successful organizations, new tech centers, woman-led VC and more.

A group of five men play foosball in an office environment. In the background a whiteboard wall has speech bubbles drawn on them, one of which reads 'This is way more fun than actual work!' and appears to line up with the head of one of the foosball players.

Hiring, Rock Stars, and How Camaraderie Fails Us

The mythos of the “rock star” is a compelling and seductive one.

The Flammarion Engraving, via Wikipedia.

Five Reasons Not To Raise Venture Capital

You are more than three times as likely to crash your startup as you are to ring the NASDAQ opening bell.