FIRST THOUGHT: Stay in Touch
In the film Landline, two sisters navigate life in the 1990s. Back before we all carried a smartphone everywhere, we were bound to landline phones for communication. In the movie, Jenny Slate’s character gets into situations that’ll make you wish landlines still existed, if you’re hoping for a little avoidance from constant connection. But without continual internet access via a smartphone, there was plenty of stuff in the ’90s you may have missed out on, like invites to parties and gossip about who’s dating whom. Today, pull up your browser and search for a fun event you and your friends can check out this month. Put it on your digital calendar and give a thankful nod to our modern ability to stay connected without having to be tethered to a landline.
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 43 Percent
Women are making great strides in tech in 2018, but it’s still an uphill battle since men continue to dominate the tech field. Although there’s the disappointing news that women currently make up as little as 26 percent of the total workforce at top tech companies, there’s some good news too. You can keep bingeing on Netflix with a clear conscience, as the entertainment giant tops other major tech companies in terms of the number of female employees, at 43 percent.
WOMAN TO WATCH: Julia Hartz, Co-founder and CEO of Eventbrite
Ladies, when you’re longing to get together with your besties for some real-life, in-person memorable experiences, where do you turn? If you’re like me, your go-to internet destination for hunting down all the happening happenings in your city is Eventbrite. There’s no doubt you’ve stumbled upon this website (if not turned to it regularly for a seemingly infinite list of suggested experiences), but you may not have thought twice about the brains behind the biz. I’m talking about today’s Woman to Watch, Julia Hartz, the co-founder and CEO of Eventbrite, the world’s largest event-focused technology platform.
Since 2006, Julia built Eventbrite from the ground up into the tech titan it is today. That’s an awe-inspiring long time to dominate in the tech world. During those early days, Julia was in the trenches, managing all aspects of the biz, from answering customer-support calls to contributing to marketing and recruitment efforts. Eventbrite now boasts more than 500 employees and nine offices, has generated billions in event ticket sales and processes more than 3 million tickets a week for events in 180 countries.
Eventbrite is a testament that a good product can go a long way. But Julia knows the importance of putting serious effort into creating a company culture that places its employees first. Eventbrite’s focus on company culture led Fortune magazine to include Julia’s company on its list of 100 Best Workplaces for Women and for Millennials, and for the past eight years, the San Francisco Business Times has named Eventbrite one of the Best Places to Work in the San Francisco Bay Area.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg with regard to Eventbrite’s triumph. Under Julia’s leadership, the company has raised more than $300 million in funding, acquired seven companies and is now valued at more than $1 billion.
Obviously, having an uncompromising and savvy woman at the top from the very beginning has been paramount to Eventbrite’s smashing success. And we’re sure Julia will only continue to take her company to new heights—in any event!
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QUITE THE QUOTE
Today’s quote about diversity in the tech world comes from Home Depot exec Krysten McCabe, who said:
“One of the things that I have noticed through my interactions with leaders in the male-dominated technology field is that these leaders believe their teams perform as successfully with or without females as a part of them. That is incorrect thinking.”
This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.