2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Building Gender-Balanced Startups

Friday, March 13
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon E
500 E 4th St


Everyone in tech wants more gender balance from the startup ecosystem, but the practical barriers to reach that goal are complex, and require buy-in from many players: From engineering and MBA colleges which produce the next generation of startup leaders, to the incubation/hackathon culture which fosters them, to the VC community who finance them, to the startup founders and executives who must then hire and manage a (hopefully) gender-balanced team, to the male and female employees working together every day. Join diverse leaders in the tech industry—including TechCrunch reporter Colleen Taylor, veteran designer/developer Julie Ann Horvath, and theMIX agency founder/CEO Vanessa Camones—for a panel with a focus on concrete results. They’ll discuss the challenges they’ve encountered—and offer solid advice and solutions for overcoming them, so we can all work together to build a more inclusive (and therefore more successful) startup ecosystem.


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Colleen Taylor

Reporter for TechCrunch & Editorial Dir for TechCrunchTV


Colleen Taylor is based in San Francisco where she is a reporter for TechCrunch and the editorial director for TechCrunch TV. Previously she worked as a reporter for GigaOM, the Financial Times' Me...

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Julie Ann Horvath

Designer/Developer/Visual Storyteller

A fan of the social web, building things, and making information beautiful, Julie Ann Horvath works as a designer and front-end developer at &yet She was an early employee at GitHub, Cherry and Ya...

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Stewart Alsop


Alsop Louie Partners

Vanessa Camones


theMIX agency

Vanessa is founder and CEO of theMIX agency, a full-service marketing and communications boutique based in San Francisco and Los Angeles. She’s been working in high-tech public relations and strate...

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