Ben's Blog

Ben-Horowitz-Milken-2015-Bloomberg"The campaign is global - the dollar ain't what it used to beSwitch a franc for a dollar, you get like 1.3" —Ryan Leslie, Swiss Francs

As a blogger, I'm often asked what I read and how I find content for my daily posts. Often, it's merely just a glimpse of something tangible that inspires me, perhaps content that I am utterly fascinated by, or leaves a lasting impression I refuse to forget. With that being said, I do spend considerable time scouring the web for material I connect to. One of my favorite reads is Ben's Blog, written by Ben Horowitz. I've always found the role of a Venture Capitalist fascinating, and Ben is one of my favorite subjects. He's known of course for his post as cofounder and Partner at Andreessen Horowitz (leading notable investments in Twitter and Skype, making 4x its investment) and his active tweeting, spunky style of blogging and engagement in the technology world.

All of Ben's blog posts are accompanied by rap songs and witty lyrics like the above, taken from his January post 'Learning from my Mistakes' with usually a slice of news or insight into recent investments or experiences in the venture capital world. So, read up, get on board, and subscribe to his twitter feed, here.

'The Women Tech Forgot'

innovatorsPicture 16Walter Isaacson's new book 'The Innovators' (excerpt above) helps unpack some of the most profound inventions in the technology sector and how a majority of these innovations were made by groups of people rather than one sole figure. Further, he discusses how many women who contributed to these discoveries have been erased from the history of such inventions. One woman he credits to the evolution of technology is Ada Lovelace, the English mathematician known for her ability to create the first algorithm to be carried out on a machine. (The English major in me will also reveal that Ada was the daughter of poet Lord Byron). According to the NYTimes, just 0.4 percent of female high school freshmen plan to major in computer science this year. At Google, 83 percent of the engineering department is made up of men, and at Apple, male tech employees make up for 80 percent of the workforce. These statistics are often masked by overwhelming press covering Marissa Mayer's post as CEO of Yahoo, or the watchful eye on Meg Whitman, Chairman, CEO & President of HP. Tech may not forget these particular women, but they are still part of the statistic.