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Operating Partner Alison Berkley Wagonfeld on Diversity in Venture Capital

Operating Partner Alison Berkley Wagonfeld on Diversity in Venture Capital

There has been much discussion lately about the rampant gender imbalance at tech companies like Microsoft, Google, and Facebook. The lack of diversity also extends into the venture capital (VC) industry, and I don’t think the common theme is a coincidence. With so few women as partners in VC firms, it’s not surprising that so few female entrepreneurs serve as executives in venture-backed companies. According to the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), women comprise only 11% of professionals in the VC industry and 4% are partners at VC firms.Given this situation, I noted with interest that a mentor of mine from Harvard Business School – Alison Berkley Wagonfeld – transitioned into VC

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