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Ies to commercialize internet access and help Marc Benioff build Salesforce Mary Jane El went from the corn fields of Indiana to Stanford and on to the storied venture capital firm IVP where she was one of the first women in the US to make partner only to be pulled back from the glass ceiling by expectations at home Theresia Gouw an overachieving first generation Asian American from a working class town dominated the foosball tables at Brown she would later reluctantly let Sergey Brin win to help Accel Partners court Google before she helped land and build companies including Facebook Trulia Imperva and ForeScout Sonja Hoel a Southerner who became the first. This book grew on me as my initial impressions were not good first the title itself Alpha Girls but the author later explains why she she chose that title and then the physical descriptions of the women and their clothes which I thought was kind of bizarre But the stories are similar in many ways and yet distinct I liked Guthrie s intro of women rebels tempered radicals who learn to play the game to perfection whatever the game is before trying to change the rules ie Maggie Thatcher or Georgia O KeeffeParticularly interesting was the balance of home and work life their husbands all worked and the women all took on the lion s share of childcare I really like the way they support and try to promote other womenInteresting MJ partsKurtzig 1st woman to take a tech company public If you look for sexism you ll never get where you want to go You can t play the game if you re not in it Following recruiters on their way to the bathroom to make a case for why she should be interviewedInteresting Theresia partsDidn t let sexism bother her would happily get the coffee If you try to be the best you re going to drive yourself crazy just be your bestHer noting that the woman who dropped out of VC felt as if they didn t belong and had no supportReally despicable how she was not able to take a sabbatical Interesting Sonja partsShe had breast cancer and adopted a baby and nobody visited herMen versus women regarding money Men could be unapologetic in their pursuit of it while women were steered away from the relentless drive for wealth Men s philanthropy advances themselves while women used it to advance others In other words money was complex for women one thing to skillfully navigateInteresting Magdalena partsRegretted staying home with son and missing Salesforce IPO You saw an opportunity and you took it You must decide in life what is right for you You don t have to obey all the rules General adviceWork really hard your first 10 years save money get your work travel in if possible become a partner before you have children Don t take one on one meetings with men at night but do you attend association events and get togethers And most important know that the person you marry will influence your career than anything else

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Alpha Girls

Woman investing partner at white glove Menlo Ventures invested in McAfee Hotmail Acme Packet and F Networks As her star was still rising at Menlo a personal crisis would turn her into an activist overnight inspiring her to found an all women's investment group and a national nonprofit for girlsThese women juggling work and family shaped the tech landscape we know today while overcoming uneual pay actual punches betrayals and the sexist attitudes prevalent in Silicon Valley and in male dominated industries everywhere Despite the setbacks they would rise again to rewrite the rules for an industry they love In Alpha Girls Guthrie reveals their untold stories.. I would watch a show based on this book It was a fun and inspiring and sensationalist read Almost makes me want to get into VCSonja wondered if her efforts to gain approval from her male colleagues had been misguided She concluded that she did what was right to stay in the game and succeed and now to pave the way for other women to enter the fieldMagdalena had discovered the joy of the unknowable the scary yet exhilarating notion that she could not rely on her brain alone with absolute certainty The inscrutable had always been reassuring even if it was beyond her perception and her sense of reality One of the few times she hadn t embraced the unknowableshe had set unreasonable perfectionist standards for herself That decision made out of fear had been a mistake It had gone against the grain of who she was an explorer an adventurer a risk taker

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An unforgettable story of four women who through grit and ingenuity became stars in the cutthroat high stakes male dominated world of venture capital in Silicon Valley and helped build some of the foremost companies of our time In Alpha Girls award winning journalist Julian Guthrie takes readers behind the closed doors of venture capital an industry that transforms economies and shapes how we live We follow the lives and careers of four women who were largely written out of history until nowMagdalena Yesil who arrived in America from Turkey with to her name would go on to receive her electrical engineering degree from Stanford found some of the first compan. Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestDNF p176This is a tough review to write because I did like the beginning of the book I just felt like it was too long and the subject matter was a little too uninteresting Part of that is also on me because I misunderstood what the book was about The subheading the women upstarts who took on Silicon Valley s male culture and made the deals of a lifetime made me think it was going to be about women in tech engineers and creators and CEOs who ended up in Fortune 500 companies But no This book is about four venture capitalists who are women who ended up making bank by investing in said Fortune 500 companies at the right time and place which is slightly less impressive imo With rich people I think there is a temptation to paint their stories as a sort of rags to riches fairytale that seems easy because we want it to be easy because most of us think that we would like to be rich The problem is that even if you have the skills and the know how you aren t going to be rich if you don t also have luck and privilege The women in this book Magdalena Yesil Mary Jane Hanna Theresia Gouw and Sonja Hoel had luck and some of them had privilege even though a lot of them started out in lower middle income situations they were in families who mostly supported their endeavors and provided them with the right schooling and intellectual tools to get to the positions that they currently holdThere is nothing wrong with having privilege but it is important to acknowledge it and understand that success often walks hand in hand with privilege and that going to the right schools and learning the right things and meeting the right people are integral aspects of success Likewise even though this book is painted as a girl power effort most of the women in this book don t seem to identify as feminists and some of them even seemed almost anti feminist There was one woman mentioned in here a CEO I think not one of the 4 VCs who said that she didn t speak at women only conferences like that was something to pat herself on the back over or that women only conferences were somehow lesser That kind of stuck in my craw a bit I also didn t really like how in order to be successful most of these women seemed to feel the need to dress and act in a masculine way I get why they felt the need to do that but at the same time it wasn t a very empowering message It kind of gives off a it s a man s world baby and you either gotta play the game or go home vibe UghMy favorite part of the book was about these women s uniue upbringings and how they got into the business world However it uickly became cyclical and repetitive There are only so many permutations of and then they closed the deal and made tons of money one can stand before one starts to feel kind of bored I ve had this similar complaint about a couple of other nonfiction books I ve read recently where the concept was interesting but not enough to merit an entire book and it started to feel like a very padded out Forbes or Bloomberg articleI think that unless you re a high up in a tech company or an aspiring venture capitalist this book probably won t be for you I work in the tech world and was looking for something affirmative and this book really wasn t it Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 15 to 2 stars


10 thoughts on “Alpha Girls

  1. says:

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || || PinterestDNF p176This is a tough review to write because I did like the beginning of the book I just felt like it was too long and the subject matter was a little too uninteresting Part of that is also on me because I misunderstood what the book was about The subheading the women upstarts who took on Silicon Valley's male culture and made the deals of a lifetime made me th

  2. says:

    Audiobooknarrated by Kim Mai Guest and Julian GuthrieMenlo park Sand Hill Roadcountry club communities in the heart of Silicon Valle

  3. says:

    This book sounded so good but ended up being rather disappointing I found it difficult to keep track of which Alpha Girl was which because of how the narrative jumped around It felt like I was just starting to get to know remember one woman when the chapter would end and the perspective would jump around which was frustrating However it was

  4. says:

    This book grew on me as my initial impressions were not good — first the title itself Alpha Girls but the author later explains why she she chose that title and then the physical descriptions of the women and their clothes which I thought was kind of bizarre But the stories are similar in many ways and yet distinct I liked Guthri

  5. says:

    PREFACE I have a feeling that I may be one of the few people with strong opinions about this book that actually read this book This has happened to me before see eg Sheryl Sandberg Option B where I'm pretty convinced that

  6. says:

    Interesting book about these women venture capitalist pioneers We never hear about women VC's and their successes I'm happy to know their stories and appreciate the author researching and reporting the stories The authors

  7. says:

    I would watch a show based on this book It was a fun and inspiring and sensationalist read Almost makes me want to get into VCSonja

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    I used to work at a software company with a woman CEO and yet every other exec was a man Women have always been underrepresented in tech but consistently provide higher returns If the men shooting them down DID care about money than ego they would wake up and work with themI found this book through the Vine progr

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    This book offers a view of a profession that not many people know about I found the interaction between the venture capital list and the corporate founders to be most interesting this is a great insider look at how ideas become companies It was also interesting to follow the careers of the women profiled

  10. says:

    I really enjoyed this well written and thoroughly researched book on the topic of the women in Silicon Valley venture capital firms At a time when virtually all companies in the area were male dominated and VC firms even so a handful of intelligent driven and focused women made inroads into VC firms in the 1980's and 1990's and battled their way to the status of partners facing systemic sex discrimination harassment an

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