Mar 05 2013

Why Startups Need a Woman’s Touch [#Infographic]

The gender disparities in startups persist despite the success of women in leadership positions.

It is no secret that the startup environment has traditionally been a boys’ club. Although women can bring to the table valuable ideas and leadership skills, they aren’t offered seats at the executive level as often as their male counterparts.

In her TED Talk about women entrepreneurship, journalist Gayle Tzemach Lemmon said, “Women can’t be both half the population and a special interest group.” The startup environment is a prime example of this problem.

A new infographic from OnlineBusinessDegree.org examines the gender disparities in startups and demonstrates how female leadership has added value to companies.

According to OnlineBusinessDegree.org, women in Silicon Valley earn more than 50 percent of all bachelor’s and master’s degrees plus nearly half of all doctorate-level degrees. However, women start only 3 percent of Silicon Valley’s technology companies.

One of those 3 percent is SlideShare. Rashmi Sinha co-founded the company in 2006; LinkedIn acquired it in 2012 for $119 million.

OnlineBusinessDegree.org says women-led private technology companies achieve 35 percent higher returns on investment and bring in 12 percent higher revenue than male-owned, venture-backed tech companies.

To learn more about the value of women in startups, read the full infographic below.

Women in startups infographic


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