Beyond networking: What immigrant founders in the UK want from VC office hours
Introductions for a soft landing can be crucial, but the real value lies in gleaning substantive feedback from experienced investors.
Threading the needle: A peek at Paul Judge’s plans for SoftBank’s Open Opportunity Fund
We sat down with Judge to discuss his new appointment and the fund’s potential role in the wake of Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse.
Executives say they’re committed to ESG, but data shows otherwise
When it comes to the environment, execs talk a good game, but a recent survey suggests they are backing off from their commitments.
Without Black representation in climate tech, ‘the planet will burn’
The lack of funding and dearth of DEI data suggests that the venture community writ large is overlooking a vast amount of untapped potential.
VC funding of women climate tech founders is abysmal. Here’s how it could improve
Women founders have received just 6.9% of venture dollars in climate tech in Q1, according to Crunchbase, which is down from 8.9% in 2022.
Warm intros are awful for diversity, so why do investors keep insisting on them?
There are oodles of advantages to having a diverse workforce, but you can't simply take your homogenous workforce, add diversity, stir and hope for the best.
At just 2.1% of all VC investment, funding for women remains ‘meh’ in Q1 2023
No matter what the year brings, the percentage of funding to women has been stagnant for so long that to harp on about it feels rather fruitless.
Threading the needle: 5 questions with investor Lauren Maillian
Maillian talks about power in the industry, the changing landscape for Black women and Latinas, and what her next act will be.
Funds offering ‘friends and family’ checks could bring the change underrepresented founders need
Even the matter of branding a firm as a “friends and family” venture rather than “pre-seed” may attract founders from communities in which venture language isn’t common.
Threading the needle: Exploring 5 ideas with the founders of LGBT+ VC
Silicon Valley’s full of people from all walks of life, but very little of its wealth is distributed evenly, especially so when it concerns the LGBTQ+ community.
Now is the time to invest in Black-owned banks
It's essential to consider this moment as an opportunity to start banking with some of the few Black-owned banks.
For female VCs, bias is a branding issue
More women in venture means that bias and strategic branding are increasingly more relevant for a larger fraction of check-writers.
Dear Sophie: What are my options for changing my status from an L-1 visa?
What are my options for changing my immigration status so I can work at a startup in the U.S. within a year or two?
A Black YC alum explains how he raised $107M
Captain founder Demetrius Gray shares his best practices for networking across geographies, fine-tuning pitches and more.
Who’s afraid of diversity quotas?
“Diversity quota” has a stigma attached to it these days anyway, but could it at least motivate people to think critically?
Women-founded AI startups see a boost in VC funding
Increasing amounts of funding to women in AI "opens the doors" for new innovation in the sector.
AI is the next frontier — but for whom?
Ethics is often a separate conversation from AI building, but they should be one and the same. Bias is dangerous, especially as AI continues spreading.
Debunking the myths of why venture investors don’t fund diverse startups
Without transparency, it’s difficult to determine exactly how disproportionate venture funding to women and people of color truly is.
Women-founded startups raised 1.9% of all VC funds in 2022, a drop from 2021
Last year, U.S. startups with all-women teams received 1.9% (or around $4.5 billion) out of around the $238.3 billion in venture capital allocated, according to the latest PitchBook data.
Dear Sophie: What are some fast options for hiring someone on an expiring grace period?
We're considering bringing on a co-founder on an H-1B with a grace period that will expire soon. What are our fastest, least risky options?