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The Sorry State of Funding for Women Founders

Anne and Gillian kick off the new year with a fresh look at whether women founders are receiving any more VC backing, and they are sorry to report the situation has slipped downward instead of improving, despite hard numbers that show women-led enterprises return more shareholder value, and outperform their brothers by nearly two-thirds. Yet women founders received less in both dollars and deal flow in 2017, and Latina and black women a tiny fraction of that. The driving forces behind this dispiriting trend and lack of improvement are closely linked to bias, comfort zones and desperately out-of-whack power balances that are similarly behind the sexual harassment now coming to light. Your hosts explore how the numbers rolled and who is leading the commentary and why time’s up in funding as much as elsewhere.

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