Caretakers, ageism and other topics venture needs to stop overlooking

Hello, and welcome back to Equity, a podcast about the business of startups, where we unpack the numbers and nuance behind the headlines.

This is our Wednesday show, where we niche down to a single person, think about their work and unpack the rest. This week, Natasha interviewed Elana Berkowitz, founding partner at Springbank Collective and an early-stage investor working to close the gender gap.

Following with our theme of covering the silent changemakers in tech, Berkowitz has done much more than invest: she’s an advisor at Eric Schmidt’s office, a social entrepreneur who was a former innovator in residence at CARE and a former Obama administration technology policy official across the Obama-Biden Transition Team.

We spoke about:

  • Building a venture firm that wants to disrupt the way the world thinks about care
  • What people are missing when they talk about women’s health
  • The big opportunities out there to keep women in the workforce (and the low-hanging fruit we should all be thinking about)

As always, the full Equity crew will be back on Friday, but you can keep up with us in the meantime on Twitter @EquityPod.

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