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News - January 28, 2011

Pitching their products

Seventh-grade girls go before venture capitalists to tout laptop skins, Scrabble necklaces

by Chris Kenrick

Allie Caccamo is vice president for manufacturing of Silli Skinz, a startup that makes "protective coverings" for laptops.

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Staff Writer Chris Kenrick can be e-mailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.

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Posted by pa mom, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm

I think this is great. But Ms. Hof, you are living in the 70s -- as I was before I had a boy, and a hippie-professor-relative told me that boys are the ones getting left behind now in our education and outreach, especially at elementary and middle school level.

This was before The Trouble With Boys came out, but if you haven't read it, it's a good place to start. Susan Charles, former principal of Ohlone, is quoted. Very eye opening stuff, but makes a lot of sense.

I'm not suggesting this kind of thing isn't good for girls, I think it's great and should continue. Just don't please wave your hand and assume that boys will be fine based on ideas from decades ago. Are there any similar opportunities for middle school boys?


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