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Every entrepreneur has secret fears that they’ve never shared with anyone, but these entrepreneurs were willing to open up.
As your company moves from seed to enterprise scale, including partners in your plans is vital to minimize risks, keep you sane and focused.
So, you have a dream about “doing a startup,” and the Valley is calling. Let’s look at some pros and cons.
The try-and-buy online beauty company is up and running in SoHo. Here’s what went into Birchbox’s expansion into the offline business.
Here’s how to make your pitch stand out from thousands of others vying for the same dollar.
Join in for our next live Twitter chat tomorrow at 1:15 p.m. PST with Women 2.0 Conference Speaker Charles Hudson, Partner at Softtech VC.
Tim Draper, the legendary investor behind Tesla, Skype, Path, Box, and Baidu (China’s Google) explains how he picks out the best entrepreneurs.
By Anna Vital (Co-Founder, Vash; Founder, Funders & Founders)
If you were to get inside the mind of a superstar VC, what would you find in there? That’s the question I was asking when I approached Draper for an interview. With Skype, Baidu, and Tesla among his 400 companies, Tim has a feel for finding sensational companies.
How does he do it?
Women VCs interviewed say despite the low numbers, the VC industry is a great place for women.
By Grace Nasri (Managing Editor, FindTheBest)
The facts: Women make up just 6% of chief executives at the leading 100 tech companies. Women are launching companies at a rate 1.5 times higher than the national average, but they receive less than 10% of venture funding. Women make up only 9% of board members of Silicon Valley companies. At the leading 25 VC firms, only 8% of the investment professionals are women.
The opinions: The rationalizations as to why this is the case range from placing the onus on women for not majoring in quantitative fields and lacking the necessary skills needed to lead or invest
By Grace Nasri (Managing Editor, FindTheBest) Venture capital firms invested $28.4 billion into 3,673 deals last year, with the majority of deals going into the software and biotechnology industries. This year’s VC funding figures represent the third highest annual investment numbers in dollar terms of the past decade. The annual figures represent an increase of 22% in dollar terms and a 4% increase in terms of deals conducted as compared to figures from the year prior, according to The MoneyTree™ Report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
She takes an empirical look at the gender ratio of venture capital firms focusing on early-stage funding, that have funded over “brand name” startups, and have funds worth over $100 million.
Here are the more positive numbers for VC firms funding high-profile early-stage startups:
- Accel Partners: 4 women investors out of 40
By Julia Hu (Founder & CEO, LARK)
Much of business involves emotionally connecting with your audience. That’s why women build companies that emotionally connect with consumers: Much of consumerism is driven by women.
But the “audience” when you’re raising a round of VC funding is, well, men. Women can’t possibly emotionally connect with men as well as other men can. That’s probably why female VCs fund women-led companies more.
If the VC and angel communities achieve more gender balance, you’d see more female-led companies VC funded.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
Founders and CEOs of early-stage startups are frequently faced with the daunting task of raising venture capital for their companies. Many face that challenge ill-equipped, just as serial entrepreneur Carol Realini had in 1997 when she co-founded her first company.
Since then, Carol has successfully raised over 175 million in financing for her companies.
By Pemo Theodore (Founder, Ezebis)
The “Why Are Women Funded Less Than Men?” ebook on sale now features 120 embedded clips of video interviews with 29 venture capitalists and 18 female founders in the startup industry.
There are a few organizations that have done some research and provided data which is the backdrop some of which I have included in the book.
I spent 5 years in London trying to raise funding for my online matchmaking business — and in the end had to
By Pemo Theodore (Founder, EZebis)
I spent 5 years in London trying to raise funding for my online matchmaking business, and in the end had to admit failure. Very early on in that journey, I had committed to help women source venture when I was successful. As it turns out, I have been doing just that for the last year — not because I was successful but because I failed.
I have been video interviewing venture capitalists, angel investors and women founders on the shortfall in funding for women. My goal has been to listen to as many people as I could from both sides of the table, so I could hopefully determine where all these conversations intersected.
The Unequal Landscape
The financial industry was created by men and it has been revealed over the last few years that they didn’t do such a great job with that. Women still are not generally paid as high as men. Despite growth, the average revenues of the majority of women-owned businesses were still only 27% of the average of majority men-owned businesses.
The statistics for women entrepreneurs achieving funding are very low: 3-5% get venture funded, less than 10% even if you expand that to include the entire team and any of the co-founders. Around 16% women achieve angel capital, according to a whitepaper by Illuminate Ventures. Data shows that the percentage of dollars going into women led companies have actually declined by about 30% over the last 10 years. Is there a bias at work in the culture that keeps women disadvantaged as regards finance?