October 27, 2017
Alex Wilhelm is the Editor in Chief of Crunchbase News, covering the intersection of startups and money.
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Morning Report: Here’s what dozens of women would do if they could change the venture world for founders.

Out today is a survey of 94 women founders and investors, detailing how the group would “address the challenging gender dynamics in the founder-VC relationship.” The data comes after the technology world has been rocked by successive sexual harassment scandals, where the perpetrators were often venture capitalists.

Positive change, and quickly, is needed.

Which is why the survey’s data — compiled by the startup Baloonr, a tool that helps groups source information from themselves, sans bias — seemed worth our time.

The following chart of responses details the group’s answer from the question we highlighted above, broken down by percentages:

The survey grouped given answers into the above categories so that we can better parse. Notably, two answers picked up over 55 percent: “Feedback & Community,” and “Leadership Roles For Women,” which the report goes on to detail.

For the first category, responses advocated that venture groups hire a “community manager” who could speak regularly with founders “at every stage of the engagement.”

And, for the latter set of answers, the shared response argued that limited partners, the people that provide capital to venture investors, “are sexists too” and that it would help to “invest in female VC fund managers so that women founders don’t have to go to male VCs only.”

What I take from the above is that there is no shortage of ideas from women about how to change the venture-founder setup to make it fairer. And that means that if the industry doesn’t improve, it will have no excuse.

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