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Much attention has been paid recently to the growing presence of women in venture capital and angel investing. For years, the VC world was perceived as a closed, clubby, old-boys network that operated in secret. But recent changes to the Silicon Valley ecosystem have broadened and diversified the ranks of VCs and Angels. While women have long been a part of the Valley's investment community, their ranks and prominence have grown significantly over the past several years and new investment groups such as Astia and Golden Seeds have developed specifically to support women across the Valley's investment and startup ecosystem.
Nevertheless, as well-publicized law suits have indicated, significant challenges remain for women seeking senior investor roles. This panel will address the challenges and opportunities facing women who seek careers as investment professionals in the Valley's high tech and biotech community. Among the questions the panel will address:
How does the shortage of women in Computer Science (only 12% of CS grads are women) and Engineering affect the supply of investors with technical talent?What's the success model for women in venture? Is it any different for women than the traditional model for men?While women are increasingly prominent, most angel groups have more men than women members. Why? Is the recent spate of high value exits among social media companies changing this dynamic? Beyond access to capital, are there other obstacles that limit women from joining angel groups?How have groups like Astia broadened opportunities for women to found and to fund companies? What lessons have been learned? What different evaluation criteria do women bring to deals?Is there an old-girls network being developed in the Valley? How does it function? What's its primary benefit to women investors?In finding and doing great deals, does gender matter?
Nicola Corzine, Deal Manager and Acorn Fund Partner, Band of Angels
Jackie Magno, Golden Seeds
Tammi E. Smorynski, Director, Intel Capital
Doors open and networking: 6 PM
Program: 6:30-8:30 PM
Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.
$55 VC Taskforce Members
$65 Affiliate Organization Members
Seating is limited; register early!
(Onsite registration is an additional $10.00 if space permits.)