CloudNOW (Cloud Network of Women) is a consortium of the leading women in cloud computing and converging technologies, providing a forum for networking, knowledge sharing, mentoring and career development. You can follow the #TopWomenInCloud hashtag to see regular updates. You can also check out The Cube’s coverage of the event here.
One of the themes I encounter consistently in my work as a woman heading a high-tech startup is the theme of gender. Women have long been a small minority in just about every corner of high-tech, from the cubicles to the boardroom, and I feel compelled to use my platform as a female founder of a high-tech startup to call attention to this lack of diversity. Last year, I had the opportunity to speak at multiple conferences and entrepreneur forums about all sorts of issues related to the cloud and enterprise software and the Portland startup community. But one of my comments that resonated the most was my description of the female founder of a high-tech startup as a unicorn with sparkles … that is, a rare breed.
Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) has recently started a monthly column in the Portland Business Journal (PBJ) in their TechFlash section and we are happy to announce that Nouvola CEO and Co-founder Paola Moretto has written the first one for them. It's a great article about being a "Unicorn with Sparkles" - a female technologist founder. Great read from one of our industry "unicorns".