Biggest challenge with being a woman in venture?
I think of myself as “just one of the _____” (insert your preferred noun, like “guys” or “partners” or “colleagues.”) That’s often not how others usually see me, and I worry that there are jokes I don’t hear, events I don’t get invited to, or deals I don’t see as a result of simply being “different.”
Most admired female exec in any industry?
Ruth Bader Ginsberg for being strong, funny, outspoken, and irreverent. Oh, and for her politics!
Biggest portfolio company success story?
I was the only institutional investor in a seed round for a company called Kythera. I actually helped conceive of the founding idea and recruited the awesome CEO, Keith Leonard. The company went on to go public, get a drug approved, and sell to Allergan for $2.1 billion.
What’s first thing you’d change about Silicon Valley if you had a magic wand?
I’d change the star culture, particularly the way the media depicts our companies as being created and propelled by a singular hero. Building a great company is a group activity, and it’s not nearly as simple as a brilliant and charismatic founder getting a fancy venture capitalist to give him lots of money.
Source: Tech CNBC
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