Stitch Fix’s Katrina Lake is the only woman to lead a tech IPO this year

Fewer than 8 percent of all U.S. IPOs this year were led by women.

In 2017, a woman-led IPO is still rare. In tech, it’s nearly nonexistent.

That makes Katrina Lake — the founder and CEO taking Stitch Fix public today — especially notable. Stitch Fix is an online retailer that provides personalized styling services.

Fewer than 8 percent of all U.S. public market debuts so far this year were led by women, up from about 7 percent last year, according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligence. As low as that is, it’s still markedly higher than most previous years.

Stitch Fix is so far the only tech IPO led by a woman this year. The other 11 IPOs led by women in 2017 are predominantly pharmaceutical companies.

The last tech IPO piloted by a woman was BlackLine in 2016, an enterprise software company founded and helmed by Therese Tucker.

From 2000 to 2015, an average of only 4.2 percent of U.S. IPOs were led by women, according to data from sociologist Martin Kenney and economist Donald Patton at the University of California, Davis.

Just 6.4 percent of CEOs at Fortune 500 companies are women. Gender inequality is particularly acute in tech, which suffers from a lack of female representation up the supply chain.


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Delays in Intel Cannon Lake processor rumored again, may impact 32GB MacBook Pro plans

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Supply chain sources suggest that the Intel Cannon Lake processor needed to drive 32GB of RAM in a MacBook Pro without the need of a dedicated memory controller has slipped to the end of 2018, likely pushing any MacBook Pro with the configuration that far away as well.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 now available in limited edition Lake Blue

Xiaomi has announced a limited edition variant of the Redmi Note 4. Called Lake Blue, this light blue variant will only be available in the top of the line 4/64GB variant starting September 4, 12PM. The Lake Blue isn’t just another variant but part of the initiative to clean up the lakes in the city of Bengaluru in India. Over the years the city has lost many of its lakes to encroachment and in the very recent past, existing lakes have become victim of pollution due to industrial waste. Xiaomi’s ‘Wake the lake’ project is part of the nation’s overall Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean…

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‘Rusty Lake’ and ‘Cube Escape’ T-Shirts Are Now Available

The developer Rusty Lake has been giving us some great and creepy puzzle and adventure games, like Rusty Lake: Roots [$ 2.99], and it has gathered quite a following in the process. If you want to display your Rusty Lake fandom for everyone to see, you can grab one of the first Rusty Lake t-shirts ever. There are two different designs, one based on the Cube Escape series and one that evokes the Rusty Lake adventure games. Specifically, there’s a plain Cube Escape one that’s pretty cool in its simplicity. And there’s one based on the Rusty Lake fan art from SunnyClockWork, which nicely demonstrates the weirdness that is the Rusty Lake games. You can grab both t-shirts from here.

In the meantime, Rusty Lake continues to work on Rusty Lake Paradise, the next in the adventure series that has garnered quite the following (and for good reason). As we wrote about a few weeks back, the new game will push the envelop in terms of visuals and gameplay mechanics, and it should be another great entry in a great series. No word yet on release date outside Q4 2017, but I don’t expect it to be too far off.

 

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Intel’s new 8th generation Core processors launch today with revised Kaby Lake chips

Intel announced its latest 8th generation Core processors today, and is promising that the new chips will offer up to a 40 percent speed boost over the previous 7th generation Kaby Lake chips.

The 8th generation chips will be doing things a little differently from other generations. In the past, Intel has either used generational steps for introducing new chip architectures (say, the jump from 22nm to 14nm between Haswell and Broadwell) or to offer an improved version of the previous generation’s architecture (like Skylake, which was an upgraded version of the 14nm node).

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