I last night spoke at an event, which NAAAP Boston sponsored. It was a fun and lively crowd. There was a lot of back and forth and a lot of honest discussion.
One person asked for my perspective on the dearth of women entrepreneurs. It is something I’ve often observed at meetings and Meetups, whereby men are numerous and women are not. As a father, it is something I think about.
Frankly, I didn’t have any good answers on why this phenomenon exists. So, I asked the women in the audience what they thought. There were some very interesting opinions. No one mentioned that she had felt discriminated against, but one woman did say that the trade-off between career and family is a real and difficult choice.
Now, I know many people have blogged about this topic. My classmate, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, has been particularly vocal and thoughtful about the need for more women executives. Her talk at TED is below.
I wish I had more answers, both as a VC, and, in particular, for my daughters. I often tell my girls to strive to be independent and not to rely on “someone else.” I tell them to ignore the Disney movies whereby a female character looks to be saved by a handsome prince and who will then make everything all right for her.
Instead, I tell them that all is make-believe. I want my girls to view life realistically.