Innovating Women: The Changing Face of Technology is the voice of hundreds of great women and aims to motivate and inspire thousands more to join the innovation economy--and better the world.
All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to a fund at Singularity University to educate women about advancing technologies & to fund their start-ups.
Vivek Wadhwa explains why this book was created
Wadhwa and Chideya build a timely picture of a sector that is beginning to realise it has a problem…In a world where male venture capitalists often hold the purse strings and end up determining which women get funding for new ideas, it feels appropriate that Innovating Women was not just crowdsourced but crowdfunded…The authors are cautiously optimistic that the rise of such alternatives will itself play a part in allowing women to claim their rightful place at the centre of the industry carving out the 21st century.
- Hannah Kuchler
I was very excited to get a chance to read the book Innovating Womenby Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya. It’s an excellent combination of stories from powerful female innovators, along with analysis and research supporting the context. I enjoyed the book a lot, heard some new stories, and got a few new ideas.
- Brad Feld
This book made me smile. For all the Silicon Valley emphasis on “disruption,” tech start-up culture has been overwhelmingly white, male, and workaholic. Wadhwa and Chideya shake up those assumptions, rounding up a fabulous group of successful women innovators and entrepreneurs to assemble data and tell stories that have the potential to disrupt the disruptors!
- Anne-Marie Slaughter President and CEO of New America, author of “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All”
Vivek Wadhwa’s Innovating Women is an absolute must read for every women and man desiring to have an impact in technology and in the innovation economy. The compelling stories of so many women from around the globe striving to not just survive, but to thrive, are beyond inspirational. While the harsh challenges often faced by innovating women are revealed, so too are the examples of the many, many women who are overcoming the obstacles, successfully innovating, and truly transforming the world for the better. Innovating Women is a rich source of realism and optimism, giving light to where we collectively need to go for all, and especially women, to be able to fully and powerfully participate in our increasingly interconnected world in which exponentially advancing technologies are making it possible to finally solve the real challenges that humanity faces.
- Katie Elizabeth
Vivek Wadhwa is one of my favorite writers – and for good reason. He is fearless, relentless and incredibly articulate in his pursuit of a genuinely meritocratic Silicon Valley…the entire first chapter had me completely drawn in. It’s an excellent introduction to sexism in tech…I am particularly fond of the chapter by VC Heidi Roizen, and it is remarkable that the Megan Smith – now CTO of the USA – is included. These women are exceptionally inspiring for me personally (as a woman in software) but all of the women included in this anthology are truly inspiring and their personal stories are well worth reading. This anthology would be excellent reading for women in high school and college, seeking role models. At 35, I find their stories inspiring as well.
- Elissa Shevinsky
More than a historical collection of challenges women in tech and science have faced, this book is intelligently assembled, brilliantly written, and prescriptive of where we need to head–with a surprisingly optimistic and motivating bent.
- Megan Groves
This book provides a new message of achievement for girls and women – Vivek and Farai have assembled a dynamic collection of stories from hundreds of women who are changing fields and disciplines…Innovating Women shows the balancing act of brilliance, the dedication and determination required to change everything…..an amazing group of women (and men!) coming together to keep the doors wide open for future leaders.
Vivek Wadhwa & Farai Chideya exquisitely stitch together the thread of common stories of women in technology – revealing common struggles, barriers and obstacles. Their book is impeccably worded and authentic to the unique voices and experiences of outstanding female leaders.
I found the stories relevant, relatable and on-point to situations I have encountered in my career as an engineer and manager in technology companies. Wadhwa and Chideya include outstanding recommendations for steps forward – making this a must-read for anyone working in technology, or heck, anyone hoping to change the world for the better.
- Catherine Rose
What an amazing book!…The stories are inspirational. There are lessons here for all of us – both men and women, anyone who cares about developing more effective, more profitable technology businesses, with better outcomes for all of us. If you’re a founder, a VC, or somehow involved in the tech world, read this book.
- Sovita Chander
Innovating Women…will remain in my life as a treasured resource. It maintains an excellent balance of stories with relevant data and curated lists of resources for ambitious women…
- Keely Brandon
…reading the book, I am blown away. The individual stories are moving and inspirational. It’s very helpful to hear that other women struggled as much as I did with the male-dominated technology field, but we succeeded nonetheless with persistence and creativity.
- Priscilla Oppenheimer
We see women leaders as integral participants in inclusive, high performing entrepreneurial teams — without them, success is more difficult. “Innovating Women” brings voice to this and many other entrepreneurial truths. It is a must read for the innovation economy – an economy in desperate need of innovation.
- Sharon Vosmek
Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya have done a phenomenal job of highlighting the inspiring stories of women of all ages and ethnicities across the globe…There are a growing number of articles and books about women in technology, but none of them provide as wide and varied a perspective as this one does…Whether or not you are a woman in tech and science, or not even a woman at all, you’ll find stories that resonate with you, that speak to your experience and to that of your peers…read this for inspiration and also for the practical advice that can help you in your career.
- Anne Neville
Innovating Women is a collection of stories – personal, powerful, inspiring, encouraging, disruptive, challenging stories – of women who grabbed the status quo by the horns and threw it aside. The stories, including one by America’s new CTO and former VP at Google[X] Megan Smith, represent the authentic voices of women who have persevered, overcome, created, and innovated their careers and accomplishments. Both women and men will learn from these innovators’ experiences and insights and apply them when fighting stereotypes, stigmas and artificial distinctions. Companies and organizations will see how diversity of thought, experience, background and gender are critical for innovation and therefore success. Innovating Women is a Must Read for women, men, girls, boys, teachers, leaders, managers, politicians, everyone. Read it, share it, discover and enable more stories so we can unleash the talent needed to solve the wicked problems facing our world.
- Deborah Mills-Scofield
Being a technology innovation leader, having dealt with unconscious (and at times conscious) gender bias in my career, I was happy to be an ambassador for this project…It is far from cries of an angry feminist but a mature look at relevant data. This venture hits on some hard and brutal questions along the way but at the end, it is not a story of pessimism, it is a story of hope and progressive thought. By giving us a glimpse into the real stories and real problems, this book hopes to trigger real solutions that can make organizations, communities and countries successful…I must say that the book delivers on its promise. It cuts across a cross-section of tech industry to blend together relevant sections giving the reader a range of connection points. The writing style is refreshing, relatable and frankly, to my liking, non-academic. I am sure that both men and women reading this book will not only derive inspiration but will enjoy the content as well.
- Jyoti Sarin
We have the ability today to create the era of abundance, but not without the leadership of Women. Innovating Women explains why, and how women at every level of leadership will transform society. I hope that all women—as well as men—read this inspiring book.
- Peter H. Diamandis, Exec Chairman, Singularity University; Chairman, XPRIZE; Author,Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think
Being part of the process of participating in this group sourced book for me was completely transformative. It was exactly what I needed at this time in my life to see the stories of these incredible women that have struggled and then succeeded to the highest levels by any measure.
- Phaedra Pardue
I have read numerous business and subject books that are about women– women using their innate perspective to create new products and companies, and books with practical advice about what women need to do to succeed. Each book presents some insight. But, no book I have ever read presents the commonality and universality of the experience women face as innovators, as founders, and as funders as the book, Innovating Women. Innovating Women is an exquisite compilation of personal and heartfelt accounts along side an insightful perspective that demonstrates that women who innovate in so many fields are many times unsung heroes yet are transforming the world we live in for the better. Each story in the book is both inspiring and revealing. There is not one person’s point of view in the book rather so many moving stories and noteworthy personal achievements. Half the population should read this book for inspiration and to see what is possible, and the other half should read this book to see what women are capable of and the reality they experience.
- Deborah Jackson
Wadhwa’s Innovating Women is a must read for every woman looking to affect change and join today’s global innovation economy.
- Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation
As someone whose family has been dedicated to advancing women’s careers for one and a half centuries (in 1868 my great-grandmother started the first school in Europe to provide higher education for girls and ran it with her daughter – my grandmother – for seventy years), I am excited by Vivek’s compelling book which shines a light on the remarkable achievements of brilliant and pioneering women in today’s world.
- Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author and futurist, Director of Engineering at Google
This book was eye opening as I didn’t know much about the gender inequality present in Silicon Valley. This book beautifully weaves together stories from women from various diverse backgrounds facing discrimination, difficulties in obtaining funding, and other various challenges. I was shocked at some of the types of discrimination that women in higher positions have endured. I have been a gender lens investor in impact investments focused on women’s empowerment through Calvert Foundation. From this, I have learned that women seem to naturally have a better understanding of the needs of the community as a whole compared to men and that there is great impact investing in women entrepreneurs. I feel that the work of Mr. Wadhwa is very commendable in going against the current to help bring light to this important issue and change the situation. I sincerely hope that both men and women will share this book with their friends and loved ones.