By Guest Author Anita M. Sands
A few months ago, I spoke about culture and microbehaviors at a tech company’s conference in San Francisco. To illustrate what “microbehaviors” are and how they can cause a feeling of exclusion, I described the difficulty I often have as an Irish person—unschooled in American sports—contending with the baseball metaphors my colleagues use all the time. >>>
By Guest Author Anita M. Sands
When contemplating the challenges of gender diversity and board refreshment, I often recall George Bernard Shaw’s words: “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” >>>
Dr. Anita Sands is a global technology and business leader, public speaker, and advocate for the advancement of women. She currently serves on the board of three Silicon Valley public companies – Symantec Corporation, Service Now, and Pure Storage, and is a board director at private companies ThoughtWorks and AppBus. She is also an active advisory board member at Docusign, Accompany, and Box. >>>
Janine has built a $5M a year bootstrapped business in the realm of legal training for employment and workplace issues. A core part of her expertise is in sexual harassment and related concerns that are currently hot topics in the industry. This is a must-read interview for those following the discussion in the media.
Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?
Janine Yancey: I’m from Los Angeles, but then I was educated in Berkeley and then at Hastings College of Law, which is in >>>
Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Victoria Pettibone was recorded in October 2017. Victoria Pettibone, Managing Director of Astia Angels, a group focused on funding women entrepreneurs. She discusses what they like to invest in, as well as the trends she sees in the deal flow and the portfolio.
Sramana Mitra: Tell us about Astia Angels. What are you doing? What is the focus of the group? What size investments are you making?
Victoria Pettibone: Astia is an organization >>>
Billion Dollar Unicorn club member Stitch Fix (Nasdaq: SFIX) recently went public. Its listing is worth celebrating because it is the the first IPO this year for a tech company that was led by a woman. The stock has had a choppy ride as investors are still trying to determine how to value this latest e-commerce in a box company. Nonetheless, in a market dominated by male CEOs, I personally am thrilled to see good execution and a milestone achievement by this company.
As the numbers of women who are VCs and Angel Investors continue to grow, the startup ecosystem continues to evolve. Will a female perspective be an asset to your startup? Might the influence and support of a strong woman lead your venture to success? Have a listen to the following 30-minute podcast interviews with a variety of Angels and venture capitalists to learn if your business might be of interest to them.
Ann Winblad, Co-founder, Hummer Winblad – Ann is one of the most successful women VCs in our industry, and as I mentioned in my introduction, I have never heard her whining about bias against women. One of the most encouraging things she discussed today is how her firm is sourcing interesting ventures from all over the world, not just Silicon Valley. Mulesoft, one of their hot portfolio companies, had its CEO based in Malta, originally!
Today, the #MeToo thread has started to spread all over social media. I want to point you to an article I wrote for women entrepreneurs on how to deal with sexual advances from VCs some time back.
As an attractive woman in the male dominated technology industry, I have dealt with my share of sexual advances. I have never named names in public. I am still not naming names or recounting anecdotes.