Raising money is catastrophically challenging for female founders

Shanea Leven Contributor Share on Twitter Shanea Leven is co-founder and CEO of CodeSee, a developer platform that helps developers and development teams better understand codebases. “Raising money is catastrophically challenging for female founders, and even harder for Black female founders.” It’s a bold, even damning statement — one I made in a recent discussion […]

TechCrunch+ roundup: Allocating equity, unicorn traffic jam, blockchain gaming survey

Early-stage startup founders have just a few ways to recruit and retain employees: Offer a competitive salary Create a role that harnesses their interests/talent Give them a stake in the company. In most cases, equity will not leave employees with substantial wealth. But even the most embittered worker will think twice about walking away from […]

Dear Sophie: Do we need a visa to explore the US market?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: With […]

Tupu.io wants to help women thrive in tech jobs through mentorship

Monica Sarbu, co-founder and CEO at Xata.io, has more than 15 years of experience working at tech companies. She never had a mentor to help her navigate her way inside the organizations where she worked, but she saw how some women and other historically underrepresented people struggled to find their way. She began thinking about […]

How to upgrade your DEI metrics to influence change

Arthur Woods Contributor Share on Twitter Arthur Woods is the co-founder of Mathison, a venture-backed technology platform equipping employers with everything they need to manage their diversity hiring efforts. We find ourselves amid the largest talent shortage in history after a year in which countless organizations voiced their commitments to diversity. Yet few have made […]

Dear Sophie: With the H-1B lottery looming, how should we approach overseas hiring?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: Will […]

VC Joe Lonsdale’s tweets about ‘woke’ tech diversity spark investor pushback

Last week, in response to someone who tweeted that VCs were racist, venture capitalist and entrepreneur Joe Lonsdale attributed disparities in venture capital investing to “average black culture.” “A real view: average black culture needs to step it up and stop having as many kids born out of wedlock (statistical indicator of underperformance) / who […]

Connecting the dots on diversity in cybersecurity recruitment

Mandy Andress Contributor Share on Twitter Mandy Andress is the chief information security officer at Elastic, an enterprise search company, and has more than 25 years of experience in information risk management and security. More posts by this contributor Pushing for an ‘apolitical’ workplace is immoral (and unrealistic) Critical thinking and problem-solving are considered vital […]

Dear Sophie: Will the H-1B lottery be based on the highest wages?

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: What’s […]

Founders First Capital Partners brings a different approach to diversity investing

Kim Folsom came up through the engineering ranks in the 80s and 90s before founding the first of six companies, three of which successfully exited. Today, she is the founder and CEO at Founders First Capital Partners, a San Diego startup investment firm that uses a non-traditional approach to funding called revenue-based investment to invest […]