Having worked at several startups, I would not make that statement: "Wouldn't this research suggest women not be involved in startups?" Instead, the research might suggest that women are less likely to take the risk to start a high risk company. Women I have worked with at startups are just as smart and creative and capable as the men. Looking back, it is interesting that they have all been started by men except sometimes a woman as co-founder with a very specific skill. I did work at one startup, where my female chemist friend invented a whole new field of drug molecules - she wasn't a founder, but certainly did this groundbreaking work in the context of the startup.
As I see it, these are some of the first jobs to be eliminated by automation..taxi drivers, bus drivers as well. Increasing the hours seems a bit short sighted even from the industry perspective; more accidents means more lawsuits and more money wasted. Perhaps more accidents will lead to increase public concern; a weakening of many of these companies to allow a startup to rise that uses autonomous trucks in replacement of drivers and running about a specific profit plan that would allow them to Amazon-or Google-ized the heck out of their competitors. The only thing slowly down such a startup is regulations, perhaps Susan Collins would be interested in helping curve such regulations to allow for the demise of the old way in the trucking world? Jobs loss, whatever...it really is only the beginning (working with a team right now as we try to figure out ways to completely automate nurse care.)
Let's see. A hedge fund manager finds investors to invest in a pharmaceutical startup that creates a drug to cure Ebola. The startup is sold to a larger drug manufacturer to enable massive production of the drug to save the lives of people who otherwise die from a deadly virus. The hedge fund manager makes a ton of money, as do the investors - without whom, the startup would wither and die, and Ebola would not be cured. What "character" are you hoping to cheer? I prefer to praise and laud and celebrate the material success of people who successfully produce products and services that people want to trade for. Because their "character" is evident by the fact that many people want to trade for the products and services they create. In contrast, can you praise and cheer and applaud the character of a politician who writes or signs into law a bill that punishes everyone who does not buy health insurance? Such a politician has no "character" worthy of the term.
Thank you Laszlo Bock. I can finally come out of the closet as a college dropout. I recently spoke to a group of high school students and suggest Mr. Bock add consideration of curiosity, perseverance, resilience and teamwork.The "Signaling theory of education" has been disproven, but nearly every headhunter will forward the ivy league degree before someone with the attributes Mr. Bock describes. Don't expect many companies to be as willing to think outside the box as Mr Bock and Google. After an exit interview I quit applying for jobs. A tech company I had co-founded and co-invented was acquired by a publicly traded firm and the founders departed. The headhunter admitted they wouldn't even pass my resume along to another startup that could use my skills because of my lack of degree. They felt doing so would damage their reputation.So I cofounded another startup, in a completely different field, that was also acquired by publicly traded firm.Since then I've cofounded other firms in different fields, all with novel technology. Two great technologies we invented with working prototypes had to be shut down due to the recession and lack of risk capital. But two less capital intensive technologies are still in growth phase and will likely be acquired by publicly held firms. Don't think you can't do it yourself. My typical startup has less than $2,000 in initial capitalization.