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My guest today on the Futurum Tech Webcast – Interview Series, as part of our Women in Tech series is Allyson Kapin. Allyson is the founder of Women Who Tech, the largest network of women-led startups, investors, and allies working to increase diversity and funding in tech. Women Who Tech is a nonprofit organization working to build a culture and inclusive economy focused on accelerating women tech entrepreneurs and closing the funding gap.
In addition to founding Women Who Tech while concurrently running her own agency designed to power fundraising and grassroots movements, Rad Campaign, Allyson launched one of the largest global programs, the Women Startup Challenge, in partnership with Craig Newmark the founder of craigslist. As you might notice, Allyson rarely sits still, which is one of the many reasons she inspires me and countless other women in tech.
About the Study: The State of Women in Tech and Startups 2020
Women Who Tech conducted The State of Women in Tech and Startups 2020 research study to identify what barriers and challenges people face in the tech sector, and also to help track whether the systemic sexism and racism that respondents experience have shifted since the organization’s 2017 survey. Did the #MeToo movement play a role? What happened to gender parity, or investors’ perceptions around gender parity in tech and whether investors believe gender plays a role in access to funding? Has anything changed since 2017?
My conversation with Allyson revolved around the following:
- The Women Startup Challenge Grants Program and what the goals around that program and the Startup Challenge are all about.
- What the goals were in revisiting the State of Women in Tech and how taking a deeper look at startup founders, employees, and investors on their experiences in tech and startups can help identify trends and shifts. In the treatment of underrepresented tech founders and employees over the course of the last three years.
- The findings of the State of Women in Tech and Startups Report (and yes, there were some surprises). For starters, note that trust is a huge issue in the workplace, and this study revealed that fewer women report workplace harassment than they did three years ago as a result.
- What women of color founders experience in the tech and startup world and how that is often different from what white female founders experience.
- What impact the #MeToo Movement had on securing funding for female founders.
Allyson and I explored the findings that came out of the survey that surprised her the most, as well as what she believes is ahead for women in tech and startups, as well as some advice for female founders. You can get The State of Women in Tech and Startups 2020 Report here.
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The Path Forward – Thoughts from a Female Founder/Analyst in the Tech Space
My conversation with Allyson didn’t uncover anything I wasn’t already aware of as a woman in the technology space for decades, but I believe her work in this space is incredibly important. Whether you’re a woman in tech, a female founder, a man operating in the tech space, an industry analyst, a lead on a corporate analyst relations team, and/or an organization in the technology space, the information uncovered in Women Who Tech’s The State of Women in Tech and Startups Report should be required reading. The only way to make change happen is to know the facts, and to work together to effect change. Beyond mitigating harassment, changing the equation as it relates to a lack of funding for female founders, and from an industry analyst standpoint, paying as much attention to female founders and their startups (or at least a modicum of attention for starters) in the technology space as we do to male-founded, male-led startups is the path forward. And those are not unachievable goals.
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