Fashion Models China - Ellen Shao

LEWEB3 2007

It was a very thrilling and elegant event and i am very grateful to attend. where was mary hodder??? where was mobilejones??? where were all the women in technology and blogging that we know from the lesblogs days?

i was really particularly curious that at the workshop for venture capitalists with saul, that there was not one WOMAN VENTURE CAPITALIST on stage. when i asked if there were any female venture capitalists, and why there were no women companies on the stage, fred answered that HIS PARTNER WAS A WOMAN and he invested in women companies (go fred! thank you for saying that to everyone!).

i ask myself why though, have i never once met fred's partner? never seen her at one conference? never seen her up on stage. why is that? saul pointed out a woman sitting in the front row who was apparently responsable for the seedcamp. but she was sitting in the front row and saul was on the stage with the microphone. she wouldnt even have gotten any recognition if i hadnt said anything. she was sitting quietly in the front row and i would never have seen her (she was sitting few rows up). why wasn't she on stage with the microphone if she was the one responsable for the seedcamp?

sometimes i wanna scream outloud because i ask myself, "WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? WHY ARE THERE NO WOMEN ON THE STAGE?" it doesnt mean they don't exist. after the workshop two smart looking fashionable EMAP VC business women came up to me and asked me what 360Fashion was about.

WHY WERE THEY NOT ON STAGE? even if the tech world does not think them qualified, why cant they just be up there as PLACEHOLDERS for the future women who are coming after them who will maybe in they eyes of men be better? why not at least use the coffee table in front to put picture frames of possible entrepenurial women up there with saul and the rest of them? why? because saul never thought to give the women a place on the couch or on stage who organized the seedcamp? maybe because fred's partner doesnt feel to come? who knows. i would have loved to meet her.

but there's something SERIOUSLY WRONG with the picture, and as a young woman in technology--who do i have to look up to? who are my role models? i feel so lonely in the tech world sometimes and outnumbered, it makes me hesitant to enter--and if i feel that way--what can other less brave women feel?

i was just at a conference: where there were the worlds top CEO'S and VP WOMEN in the WORLD. why were none of them invited? the ticket to get into the women's forum is 5000 you can imagine that weeds out a lot of people. still 2500 women showed up! where are they? why are they not at the tech conference? why are they not interested in new media? the Cartier awards were at the womens-forum and all these young women entrepreneurs won. why were the Cartier women not on stage? they funded all these young women entrepreneurs.

i would have liked to see lee epting there from nokia at least. she's at forum nokia. if she's not techy enough to be at leweb3...who is? i feel like at the leblog days there were more women...or maybe it's just grown so big i could not find them all.

not that i dont like all those great and techy guys like david sifry, philippe stark, you loic, xavier des horts, gabe mac, fred, paolo v (love his wife), and the many other super talentend and entertaining wonderful people there. geraldine is the main girl holding the place for us--beautiful, fashionable, and techy woman. great role model. could we have some more please?