Editor’s note: We don’t publish many anonymous pieces on Forbes.com, but this compelling first-person account of sexism in the startup world merits an exception. I met the author several months ago and was floored by the stories she had to tell about her dealings with mostly male investors. Like many men (as she writes), I knew women in tech faced a certain degree of chauvinism and harassment, but I’d had no idea it was so barefaced and routine, in an industry that thinks of itself as egalitarian and forward-looking. After much persuading, she agreed to write about her experiences but asked that I omit her name, for several reasons. First (again, as she writes), the startup community is a small one, and founders rely heavily on social capital and goodwill to navigate it. Speaking up carries big risks. But fear of retribution wasn’t her only concern. While putting an individual human face on an issue, it can also be a way for critics to short circuit the discussion by engaging in ad hominem attacks. ”I don’t want it to be about me, but about the issue at hand,” the author says. “When we get into a witch hunt around particular personalities, we lose sight of the problem we should be tackling.
Read on to learn more about that problem.
posted by Blasdelb
on Aug 8, 2014 -
No VC after the dot-com bust? No problem!
Just sign up for eight no-annual-fee credit cards with interest rates as low as 1.7 percent (for a few months, anyway), and shazam: You've got $35,000; you're a start-up! Question: Has this guy read a newspaper in, say, the last 18 months?
posted by nathanstack
on Jan 14, 2002 -
Luckyluncher.com Launches With $42 in Angelo Financing
Found this on Business Wire:
"A new web site to help Silicon Valley stock option refugees enjoy the extravagant lunches of yesteryear started today with $42 in Angelo financing.
That's Angelo financing, not Angel financing. 'My friend Angelo loaned me the 42 bucks to register the domain name' explains co-founder Gary Cook."
posted by lheiskell
on Oct 19, 2001 -
Can Linux be anything more
than a Server/Developer OS without something like Eazel? Will the open-source community be able to do anything productive with its code
? Or have we just reached a point where the OS is superfluous?
posted by machaus
on May 16, 2001 -
Story talks about stupid dot-com ideas who are having trouble getting funding. But somehow this ugly site
burns through $50,000/month. How? Why can't someone give me
some of that cash?
posted by owillis
on Oct 9, 2000 -
Does anyone really believe that most VC firms wouldn't back a solid business plan only because a woman ran the company? The argument sounds like parity for the sake of parity, without merit.
posted by owillis
on Jul 19, 2000 -
While I still work on my writeup of the event, let me share one URL I heard there for the first time. eCompanies.com
is a consortium of successful Netprenuers in the LA area that want to fund your
great idea. It looks like they will accept and review business plans and offer venture captial to those deemed worthy.
posted by mathowie
on Sep 3, 1999 -