May 30, 2018

10 Investors Authentically Committed To Funding Female Founders

"How do we find more female founders to invest in?" In the startup community, I'd venture to say this has become one of the more tiring questions we hear over and over again. Investors have asked this question, sometimes with an underlying tone of entitlement, other times out of actual perplexity.  The truth is, there is no magic bullet and there never will be. Closing the funding gap requires a concerted effort to remove the biases we are bringing to the table, catch our pattern matching, and ultimately take a hard stance to change the outdated practices and policies that continue to fuel an unfair funding environment.

In part three of this ongoing series, I highlight the investors committed to changing the ratio and investing in incredible founders, no matter their gender or race. These are the investors who have been proactive in leading the charge, putting money where their mouths are and setting an example for the rest of the industry.

May 07, 2018

If Investors Really Listened To Data, They’d Be Investing In Women

Investors like to extol their data-driven approach. But then how come they won’t invest in women-led companies, despite the clear evidence that they perform better?

April 18, 2018

How To Increase Angel Funding For Women Entrepreneurs

Funding is a challenge for early stage companies. It is especially difficult for female founders seeking equity financing. Men receive 9 times more equity financing  for their companies than women, according to High Growth Women-Owned Businesses’ Access to Capital commissioned by the National Women's Business Council. Increasing the pool of angels willing to invest in women-led companies will improve the odds of success for female founders.

April 03, 2018

Meet The Top Women Investors On Midas In 2018

Nine female investors have claimed spots on this year’s Midas List, a record for the annual ranking and an increase from six women a year ago. The list also has two female newcomers, Aileen Lee, founder and partner at Cowboy Ventures, and Sonali De Rycker, partner at Accel.

December 07, 2017

Study: Women angel investors more likely to give back to female-led startups

Women support women, a new study of 13,000 North American angel investors says. As more female entrepreneurs have entered the business field in the past few decades, women have begun to reshape the nature of angel investing, according to a report by the Overland Park-based Angel Capital Association.

November 30, 2017

Women Investors Are Disruptive: Three Reasons Why We Need More Of Them In The World

Female venture capitalists are unicorns. They are rare, magical and like their mythical counterparts, are becoming sought after. Lucky for us, they are real, and their superpower of changing the overall success rate of female-led startups is not the stuff of fairy tales. It's real and the number one reason why we should be encouraging more women to join investment firms.

November 13, 2017

Top Women Investors Are Answering the VC Boys' Club With One of Their Own

Some of the industry’s top women are joining forces to help female entrepreneurs.

 

The female investors of venture capital are expanding their dinner party, so to speak.

Jess Lee, the former CEO of fashion shopping site Polyvore who was named Sequoia Capital’s first U.S. female investing partner last year, is on Monday unveiling a networking initiative for female company founders. Along with other female venture capital partners, Lee is launching Female Founder Office Hours—a series of events at which investors will talk with and advise women entrepreneurs in one-on-one sessions.

September 18, 2017

The Comprehensive Case for Investing More VC Money in Women-Led Startups

Only 8% of venture capital (VC) firms in the U.S. have female partners, and that lopsided gender composition may be hurting venture capital performance portfolios. The evidence suggests that having no female partners makes VC firms less likely to invest in female-founded or female-led firms. But what much of the VC world might not realize, is that female-led firms may have a higher rate of return on average than male-led firms.

July 21, 2017

Female VCs Are Way Better Than Men at Picking Successful Women-Led Startups

New research just confirmed what many female entrepreneurs suspected all along.

recent study by Sahil Raina, an assistant finance professor at the University of Alberta, found that female-founded, venture capital-backed startups have much higher chances of a successful exit if the VC firms investing in them have women partners.

July 10, 2017

Angels, Let's Improve The Funding Environment For Women Entrepreneurs

As were most people, I was horrified to read of the sexual harassment of women in tech startups in The New York Times.  Two dozen women entrepreneurs spoke out in this article, and the stories keep coming.  But I was also proud of and grateful to these brave women for telling their stories.  Hopefully their bravery is the wakeup call to VCs and angel investors, leading to important changes in Silicon Valley and beyond.  We need to end sexual harassment, one startup at a time.

Women entrepreneurs have some extra hurdles in attracting capital for their businesses, and I think we can all agree that sexual harassment is one hurdle that should never happen. And let’s be clear, it isn’t just Silicon Valley VCs doing this – there are unfortunate instances of this by angel investors there and in other parts of the country.  At least two of the men called out in public articles are so-called super angels (Dave McClure and Chris Sacca).

June 01, 2016

Female Angel Investors And Founders Temporarily Retreat

Angel investors play a vital role in funding the cost of scaling young companies. The overall amount angels invested in companies grew slightly – 2% – from $24.1 in 2014 to $24.6 in 2015, according to the Center for Venture Research. However, the number of male investors shrunk 3% from 234,000 in 2014 to 228,000 in 2015. The number of women angels shrunk even more  – 7%  –  from 83,000 in 2014 to 77,000 in 2015. Women represented 25% of all investors in 2015 – about the same overall percentage of investors they represented last year.

August 31, 2015

The Real Unicorns Are Female Angel Investors

Despite the attention over the past year, the lack of diversity in tech — both in race and gender — has not markedly changed. Only 3 percent of tech CEOs are women, and just 15 percent of startups have at least one female founder.

May 27, 2015

Angels Change The Ratio For Women Entrepreneurs

Women build and leverage the ecosystem. While venture capital’s track record with women makes you want scream with frustration, the new angel numbers will make you want to jump for joy. For nearly all metrics, the numbers hit record heights in 2014, according to the Center for Venture Research, which researches angel investments.

April 21, 2015

Women: The Next Wave of Angel Investors?

I recently returned from the Angel Capital Association’s annual summit in San Diego. In addition to a pre-conference workshop on angel investing that targeted women, there was a special networking reception and dinner for women one evening during the conference, as well as a session on increasing women’s participation in angel investing.

It was a big change, being surrounded by women at an investing event. Females have historically made up less than 15% of the angel investors in the United States. The University of New Hampshire’s Center for Venture Research estimated that women angels represented 19.4% of the angel market in 2014, which was a significant increase from the 12.2% number from just two years prior. Women-owned ventures accounted for 23% of the entrepreneurs that were seeking angel capital and 19% of those entrepreneurs that received angel investment in 2013.

February 04, 2015

Why The Few Women Venture Capitalists Often Give Up

It’s no secret that women-owned businesses can’t get funding. The statistics paint a clear and discouraging picture. Between 1997 and 2013, the number of women-owned establishments grew 1.5 times more than the national average (68% versus 47%, respectively) and women-led, venture-backed companies bring in 12% more revenue than male-led companies, according to research from Babson College. Despite this, only 2.7% of all venture-backed companies have a woman CEO. That’s 183 out of 6,517 companies or $1.5 billion out of the $50.8 billion invested between 2011 and 2013.

September 30, 2014

Diana Report Women Entrepreneurs 2014: Bridging the Gender Gap in Venture Capital

"There is an enormous untapped investment opportunity for venture capitalists smart enough to look at the numbers and fund women entrepreneurs.” - DR. CANDIDA BRUSH, LEAD AUTHOR

September 11, 2014

Rise of Female Angel Investors Fuels Women Run Companies

In 2009, when Amy Norman and Stella Ma started pitching investors on their San Francisco-based startup, , both had young children and Norman was pregnant. The overwhelming majority of the investors they met with were men who wanted to know “if we were running this as a ‘lifestyle company,’” Ma recalls. Investors passed and word got around Silicon Valley that “there’s no way women like this could grow a company fast enough” to satisfy venture capitalists, Norman says.

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