Sexism and Silicon Valley

August 18, 2014

Persuading venture capitalists to invest in your company is difficult enough on its own, but when the pitch is made by a woman, or features a woman as CEO, sexism rarely misses the opportunity to make an appearance. That was (and is) the experience of the woman founder who stands behind this Link of the Day.

Forbes magazine doesn’t often publish anonymous pieces, but the sensitive nature of this article’s author’s business is enough to merit a missing byline. Her message and her experiences, however, cannot go unnoticed.

It is not just the perpetrators of abuse who are clueless. Many of the amazing men – some who have invested in our company, others who call me boss – are oblivious to the additional hurdles and harassment I face on a daily basis. These men can be allies, but not if they are left out of the conversation.

As I’ve told those who comment on my appearance: I don’t run my company with anything you can see – I run my company using what’s inside my skull. The faster we all internalize this truth, the better off we will all be.

Read the Forbes article here.

posted by Corbin Lambeth

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