start-ups

A new infographic from the group Health Care Colleges looks at how women are increasingly becoming involved with health start-ups. According to the graphic, there are some 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., and 20 percent of those are in the health care and social assistance fields. This may be somewhat unsurprising when you consider than women are said to make 80 percent of the healthcare decisions for their families.

A new report from Dow Jones VentureSource looks at women's representation at venture-backed companies and how women in executive positions can boost a start-up's odds of success. The report, Women at the Wheel: Do Female Executives Drive Start-Up Success, uses the following question as a jumping off point: if women earn more advanced degrees than men (as became the case in 2010), then why are there not more female senior executives?

An infographic from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation displays some of the key lessons highlighted in its book "A Rising Tide," which was released this spring and covers the topic of female entrepreneurs. According to the infographic, women business owners are a growing economic force, though they tend to remain relatively small and, perhaps because of this, ted to raise less money than male-owned companies. Check out the whole thing after the jump.

LittleBits has just closed a Series A round of investment of $3.65 million, with True Ventures leading the round. In addition to their funding news, the opensource library of electronic modules, has entered into a unique partnership with manufacturing and supply chain management leader PCH to produce littleBits as part of their Accelerator program.

At Mother Jones, Tasneem Raja writes about "the rise of the brogrammer." "Some developers insist that it's all just a big joke and doesn't represent any actual streak in tech culture," she writes, while pointing to numerous examples of brogramming in the wild: a SXSWi presenter referring to "nudie calendars" and "gangbang interviews," Klout's job ad looking for someone to "bro down and crush code," and on and on and on. Raja also issues a warning: "A bros-only atmosphere will hurt no one more than the startups that foster it."