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Michael Arrington

New York Times interview

24 May, 2010

Arrington talks about women in tech, holding parties in the early days of TechCrunch, and how Disrupt works like a March Madness bracket:

We’re going to start with 22 Disrupt companies in stage one of the tournament…Eventually, we’ll write a $50,000 check to the winners.

Why women aren’t attracted to the tech industry:

There’s a fascinating company, Zivity, it’s a venture-funded, adult photography community — yes, they put up pictures of naked women online — it was co-founded and is run by a woman, Cyan Banister. She wrote me in response to a post about women who are entrepreneurs, saying, basically, though these are not her exact words, women [stink] as entrepreneurs a lot of the time because they are nurturing and not risk-taking enough by nature. She also said when men roll the dice and take risks, that society doesn’t punish them at all, and it’s in their nature to take stupid risks.

I didn’t respond to that. I didn’t want to jump into that debate. And I guess I still don’t.