Gender and Culture in Venture Capital

Besides being a moral issue, gender equality in venture is a huge business opportunity that most venture capital firms are ignoring. But unconscious bias and other factors can lead venture capitalists to leave a lot of money and (female) talent on the table.

Fortunately, behavioral science offers us a proven roadmap to sustainable, systemic improvement on gender diversity.

We were joined by Anisha Asundi and Siri Chilazi, both Research Fellows at Harvard’s John F Kennedy School as part of their Women and Public Policy Program. Their research has identified the drivers of gender gaps in the VC investor base as well as in VC funding decisions, and offers several behavioral design interventions for firms to overcome the effects of systematic bias and improve gender diversity in this industry.


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