The Heartbreaking Story That Truly Moved Sheryl Sandberg

23 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Davos Stars: Sheryl Sandberg – One of the most powerful women in business.

DAVOS, Switzerland — Trust, global consensus, government support for building infrastructure and inclusion are the main challenges of the digital future, a panel of technology leaders said here on Thursday at the World Economic Forum.

Five billion people are not online and “the only way this changes is if it gets cheaper,” said Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook. Last year, a big Democratic fundraiser in Silicon Valley hoped Sandberg will run for Senate, and last week a high-profile venture capitalist and friend of Sandberg’s in Palo Alto said she would be perfect for secretary of state. With a reported net worth of $1.1 billion, she is one of the tech industry’s wealthiest women, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s most influential women in business.

The friend said the only thing holding Sandberg back from going after politics, electoral or otherwise, was her own sense of humility, Business Insider said. Sandberg made an impassioned plea for connecting more women to the Internet so that they can pass those benefits on to their children. “The benefits of getting women connected outweigh the benefits of getting men connected,” she said, noting that women were less likely to have phones, be connected to the Internet and to know how to use their phones. Inspired by her Ted Talks on why there are so few women leaders, it has spawned Lean-in “circles”, and a Lean-in organisation dedicated to helping improve the status of women worldwide.

Her call for more inclusion drew spontaneous applause from the audience in the huge Congress Center in Davos, where she spoke with Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google; Satya Nadella, the chief executive of Microsoft; and Vittorio Colao, the chief executive of Vodafone. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) launched free app in Columbia last week that offers free online access to Wikipedia, job listings, weather websites, civil rights, and Facebook App.

Sandberg, 45, started out smart, always top of the class at public schools, when “for a girl to be smart was not good for your social life”, as mother Adele said in an interview with The New Yorker . Schmidt said the Internet was the greatest tool for empowering citizens in many years and said that everyone was smarter because of technology. (He didn’t seem to qualify that many had no access to it.) Mr. She joined Google in 2001 as Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations, helping to build it into “one of the most influential enterprises on the planet”, and established its philanthropic arm. In 2012, the company said that its mobile ad revenue didn’t had any meaningful contributions whereas it contributed 45% in the overall revenue of the company in 2013.

She added that many web users want a personalized experience, which required giving up some privacy. “It’s not possible to personalize but not know it’s you,” she said. The consensus seemed to be that trust was a big problem, but many pointed out that the government’s demands on technology companies was equally, or more, unsettling.

She considers herself her family’s “black sheep” for choosing business instead of following her father into medicine as her siblings have done, the report said. That prompted Tim Berners-Lee, a professor of engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the creator of the web’s bedrock software standards, to wonder how one even finds out about all the entities that collect data on people.

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