During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Patricia Nakache, General Partner at Trinity Ventures, discuss the firm’s investment thesis. The discussion included issues about women in technology.
As for the entrepreneur pitch, Prashant Chopra from Foster City, CA, pitched Lucid Vascular, a medical imaging technology using Augmented Reality that I found fascinating.
You can listen to the recording of this roundtable here:
By Guest Author Anita M. Sands
Twenty-three years ago, I embarked upon my professional life as a physics student in Belfast. This foray into adulthood included two immediate discoveries: my commencing class was only 10% female, and I was to be taught almost exclusively by male professors. Needless to say, it became obvious that doing well would mean not only mastering the intricacies of quantum mechanics but also dealing with some fundamental laws of nature: getting along with the guys. >>>
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. >>>
Christina Brodbeck, Founding Partner at Rivet Ventures, talks about the firm’s investment thesis of funding companies that target the female demographic in its purchase decision cycle. Very interesting and under-served market.
Sramana Mitra: It’s not going in a constructive direction. It really is going to be a net loss in the process if we don’t do something about it. I’d like to know about what’s going to happen.
The other side of the question I have is the other part of the me-too movement that I feel nauseated by is that women who have gone and seduced men and maybe their encounters didn’t turn out the way she envisioned, she then goes out and writes this revenge post under the me-too tag. That goes viral online. That’s just not fair. If you go seduce somebody, you have to deal with the consequences including that this may not turn out the way you want it. >>>
Sramana Mitra: How are your clients responding to this point? This is a very interesting point.
Janine Yancey: Up until this year, it’s been a difficult conversation to have. That’s why the employers that do partner with us are the ones that are more progressive. They can see the bigger picture. This year, people are starting to see that we can’t clamp down on this.
In the past, everyone was in isolation. No one had power through numbers. All of a sudden, you’ve got a tipping point. You’ve got the web to collectivize and mobilize everyone. What do you know? Every employee, no matter where they sit in the >>>
Sramana Mitra: I actually don’t think it’s a problem. You’ve built a reasonable, profitable company that you own yourself with a small group of team members. You’re at $5 million in revenue. I don’t see why you apologize for it.
Janine Yancey: I guess the reason why is, I look back and I cringe at what I didn’t know.
Sramana Mitra: That’s normal.
Janine Yancey: You’re right. At this point in my journey, I have so much more clarity as you would expect. I guess there >>>