O'Brien: One Jackson Launch Another Hopeful Sign For Women In Tech
A study by Rock Center Fellow Vivek Wadhwa is spotlighted in this San Jose Mercury article by Chris O'Brien on how women start 3 percent of tech companies and account for less than 5 percent of IT patents.
The lack of women in technology and startups continues to be a problem. But anyone looking for hopeful signs that things are at least moving in the right direction should note the official launch this week of One Jackson.
The e-commerce site offers a platform for designers to post ideas for children's clothes. Customers pick the ones they like, and One Jackson manufactures them. It's a neat twist on the ability of the Internet to allow for both crowdsourcing of design and making mass customization cost effective.
A 2008 survey by the National Venture Capital Association reported that only 14 percent of directors, partners and principals at VC firms were women. And according to a recent study by Vivek Wadhwa, a research director at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke University, women start 3 percent of tech companies and account for less than 5 percent of IT patents.