While Facebook might be a lot of things, it isn’t female-heavy. There are NO women on the board, despite the fact that Sheryl Sandberg, the COO, is a woman who is vocal in supporting women’s rights.
A board today is supposed to protect the interests of the shareholders and keep things aboveboard and honest.
I can do that.
I was a researcher for a trade paper for Wall Street analysts and fund managers. I worked for Atari in editing, investor relations, customer relations and philanthropy. I coached AYSO soccer for seven seasons, have been on many local board, and did my job well.
I have two grown boys, and my husband is one of three boys. So I’m very used to boys. Men, even. And I’ve been watching the tech sector for as long as anyone. I understand responsibility. I know that attacking a problem early is easier in the long run than letting things slide, and sometimes that means fighting, and I am pretty good at fighting. Just ask my husband.
My husband is my secret weapon. While I may not be the sharpest tool in the box, he is. He has a PhD in physics, and is a fanatic programmer. He is my LAN manager and was one of the architects of the PET, VIC-20, and Commodore 64 computers. And he did the firmware for the Atari personal computers from 1984 to 1996. He is retired, so he has plenty of time to study Facebook stuff with me.
You know what I like about Facebook? That FB ‘gets’ the way people think more completely than almost anyone. What Facebook does is brilliant. Not unique, but brilliant. With the new Timeline feature, who needs to remember anything?
So choose ME for your Facebook board. Even Peter Pan needed a mother. Only 11.9 percent of boards are all male. The majority of Facebook users are women!
I won’t challenge Mark Zuckerberg’s status as boss, I won’t challenge any of the officers unless necessary, I run a meeting well, and I produce the fastest minutes in the West. My kids are out of the house, my book is almost finished, and even though I am going to be president of Congregation Etz Chayim next year, I would like a part-time job. I don’t NEED one, but I would like one. Another nice benefit of being married to my husband is, I have enough money to exercise my options every year that I get them.
I am the perfect typical Facebook user. If you keep your interface simple enough for me to understand it, anyone in the world will be able to use it. As a board member, my carbon footprint and effect on the bottom line will be minimal. I’ll bike to work and take $1 a year in return for a few stock options and the privilege of using the cafeteria. I promise to cash out all my options every year and pay all my taxes.
How about it?