500 Startups today presented its 14th batch of companies at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, with a spooky twist.
Dave McClure said this batch was less international than previous batches, with only 39% of founders hailing from outside the United States. Of the 36 startups that went through the program, 25% had female founders. He made no mention of people of color. We called out McClure on Twitter about that, and he promptly responded, “sorry we didn’t break out those stats; will aim to include in future. (there actually are many ppl of color in batch14).” It turns out that 25% of the batch’s founders presenting on stage were people of color, which we’re defining as either black, Asian, Indian or Latino.