Updated: Nov 10, 2020
If you were to judge what is happening with gender discrimination and sexual harassment for female founders and entrepreneurs based on what you’ve read in the news, or have seen the many disheartening research studies and articles about the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley, you’d be likely to have drawn a cynical conclusion:
Sexual harassment scandals have occurred at top Silicon Valley venture capital firms like Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Binary Capital, as well as top startup accelerators like 500 Startups and with “Super Angels” like Shervan Peshewar and Chris Sacca
Ellen Pao, with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton and graduate Law and Business Degrees from Harvard, with prior experience at a top tier NYC law firm, brought suit against one of Silicon Valley’s leading VC firms for gender discrimination and sexual harassment, and lost.
Only 11% of VC partners are women (and only 2% Latino and ZERO percent African American.)
Research concludes that female founders and startup executives are asked a different set of questions than men. Men are asked about potential for gains, while women are asked about potential for losses for their startups.