Our progress has been outstanding! We go up the corporate ladder, we build companies, and become CEOs and leaders. We demand pay-equality and take a seat in the boardrooms. We raise our hands. We shout #MeToo. We own it. We lean-in. We form support communities to shatter the glass ceiling, and eliminate the biases! And, we will continue to do all that for many years to come.
But, men are still the investors, not only the venture capitalist kind, but they are also the angel investors, the 401k investors, the retirement planners, and the stock market investors. Whose fault is that?
Men are trying to create equal opportunities. Take this for example:
In January of 2018, AngelList created Spearhead. A new angel-investing model, giving startup founders $200K to scout and invest in promising startups.
I thought to myself, girls will eat this up! What's not to like here? Be a founder, and fund your network! Find those promising startups that won't get a chance to shine, and now you can make a difference. I thought there would be women applications by millions. But, no... as of the time of writing this post, only 10% of applicants are female... I'm furious!
Let me be honest with you, among us girls, unlike many other frontiers for women, becoming an investor starts in-house. Becoming an investor is a decision we can make. It is a skill we can acquire, and it is time to do so. You want more female founders to get funded, step up become an investor! We want to men not abuse their power, become the power.
In my interview with DOER I said and I want to repeat it here: We want to be on an equal footing with men? It starts with our mindset. It's about us believing that getting crumbs is not enough, asking for the cake, the icing, and the cherries on top (borrowing words from Billie Jean King). And, then it's about not feeling sorry for yourself. Not allowing to feel you are a victim of these gender biases. For example, dream and work hard to be the best investor in the world. Why there is no female equivalent to Warren Buffet? Why are the wealthiest people on earth all men? How come, the wealthiest women on earth are the widows of wealthy men and heirs to the wealth of Dads? Don't believe me? Check those lists. I have been reading them for years...
I have a feeling that most of you girls will hate me for this. Just this past weekend the organizers of Women's International Day rejected my talk proposal to discuss #InvestLikeAWoman! I got sad but not surprised! How could we have an international woman day conference, celebrate women in tech, and not talk about the money! I hope they just rejected me, not my talk!
Love me or hate me! I have to say this again, as I have said time and time ( for example, here, here, and here), it is time for girls to 'Own the money'! Step up, and apply for AngelList's Spearhead program now:
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