For me, this was a week full of books, reading about books, and headlines about publishing. A new publishing house, called Juggernaut Books, was launched in India with unusual fanfare. There is much promise, albeit not much detail made public yet, of revolutionising publishing using the magic of tech. The business is of interest to … Continue reading Four For Friday (26)
This week marked one year of India's famous, frugal, successful Mars Orbiter Mission. Aptly enough women in design, science, business, politics, art all caught my eye this week. Allowing for the usual hyperbole and USA-centricity of TechCrunch's reportage, here are 30 women, who have revolutionised male-dominated industries. Unbeknownst to the world, Ursula Burns joined Xerox … Continue reading Four For Friday (25)
A few weeks ago, rumours abounded about Tom Ford possibly returning to Gucci, after Frida Giannini's departure. While there is no doubting Mr Ford's all-round creative nous, from couture to perfume and makeup, and film making, it would have been disappointing if he did return to the role. In the event, Ms Giannini was replaced … Continue reading Men in women’s fashion — the gender imbalance we don’t talk about
"TAG Heuer congratulates its beautiful rebel - MC Mary Kom into the Semi Finals of the 2012 London Olympics. The glamorous TAG Heuer Woman shares Mary’s restless and rebellious nature. Like her, she excels at her game, knows how to win, and how to celebrate. Creative, confident, always plugged in, she never stops building on … Continue reading Brands and the coattails of success
This week's eclectic, interesting reads: The hall of shame? A list of VCs with no female investing partners. One step closer to Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind? The forgetting pill. The case for the e-book as a more intimate literary experience. Mark Zuckerberg as an autocratic dictator? You don't say.
(Long post alert!) The meme is old but the current phase may well have started with Tereza's idea of starting an XX Combinator, an incubator for women entrepreneurs. New York based VC, Fred Wilson gave the idea wings on his blog. He was then quoted in a now-widely discussed Wall Street Journal article, in which … Continue reading “Women in tech”: what gives?
Today is Ada Lovelace Day 2009, an international day to celebrate women excelling in technology. "Who was Ada?", you may well ask. The answer is here. I signed a pledge to write today about a woman - or women - in technology that I admire. I interpret the brief loosely. I believe technology is not … Continue reading Admirable women-in-technology: Ada Lovelace Day 2009
Few are fortunate enough not to experience the middle-age spread which many dread, and rightly so. Recent research adds to the growing body of evidence linking a range of cancers with overweight and obesity, this time in a cohort study of UK women. You can read the entire post here on my Obesity blog.
At this time, I know two women and know of another woman, who are all undergoing the prolonged physical and mental agony of a battery of treatments to have a child. It has led to many interesting conversations with the former two about identity, the role of children and the reasons behind why they are … Continue reading Maybe baby?
Some consider single-sex colleges an antediluvian concept. Jeremy Paxman recently suggested this to the University Challenge team from my all-women college at Cambridge. Regardless of what others less fortunate think, one of the perks of being at an all-women college in Cambridge is that my Facebook wall and in-box are brimming with fascinating and fabulous … Continue reading One for the feminists