Editor’s note: Gené Teare (
@geneteare) a past female founder, heads up the venture program and content for CrunchBase. Ned Desmond (@neddesmond) is the COO of TechCrunch and CrunchBase.This report is the first in a series looking at female founders.
Anyone working in the startup world knows intuitively that women are not well represented in technical or founder roles — and that quantifying the issue is difficult because data is so scarce.
In 2013, Pinterest technologist Tracy Chou famously highlighted the issue in her post, “Where are the numbers?, which exposed the lack of published data from startups and mainstream tech companies on the number of women in technical roles.
Subsequently startups like Etsy and Dropbox, and giants like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, began reporting those numbers. They were low, but at least some technology companies had a baseline from which to measure progress.
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