10 Apr '13, 9am

Women Lack A Level Playing Field With Venture Capitalists

Women Lack A Level Playing Field With Venture Capitalists

Venture capitalists view skill sets of female entrepreneurs differently than their male counterparts. The twenty-first century is upon us. Really, I double-checked. Yet, in the business world, women have a way to go before they can claim to enjoy a level playing field with their male counterparts.Case in point: women receive a mere 4.2 percent of venture capital funding – that’s right, less than five percent. This statistic was an inspiration to the researchers at Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, who conducted a study to shed some light on Venture Capital (VC) decision-making. One finding that the Clayman Institute study uncovered is that women are penalized for their lack of technical acuity. According to Andrea Davies Henderson, one the Clayman study’s researchers, not having a technical background was something that hurt women, but not men. H...

Full article: http://www.triplepundit.com/2013/04/women-lack-level-play...

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