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60% of startups don’t have a woman on the board

Part of the problem is the scarcity of female venture capitalists... A new study finds that investors occupy more than half of private company board seats. So a lack of women in VC investing hurts female representation on boards.Crunchbase News

2019 Study of Gender Diversity In Private Company Boardrooms

120 of the top 200 venture-backed companies have zero women on their Boards. A total of 1,265 men serve on these Boards..and just 101 women. I'm one of a handful of women that serve on two or more of these Boards, so the actual number of unique women is even lower! As someone making a career in venture-backed

120 of the top 200 venture-backed companies have zero women on their Boards. A total of 1,265 men serve on these Boards..and just 101 women. I'm one of a handful of women that serve on two or more of these Boards, so the actual number of unique women is even lower! As someone making a career in venture-backed tech, this is just embarrassing. As the authors point out, these companies are the ones driving innovation and creating US jobs. We should have another 582 women on these Boards (not to mention the lack of women and men of color...). Making that happen will influence the future of products, services and the economy. If you're among the hundreds (thousands?) of women who are qualified for these roles: call the VC you know best tomorrow and tell him that you're interested in serving on these Boards; or ask a friend to introduce you to a VC, then take him for coffee and ask him for a seat at this table.

How politics works

Impeachment succeeds best when coupled with mass protests. From South Korea to Lithuania, successfully removing heads of government around the world typically requires sustained and substantial public demonstrations.Quartz

Impeachment succeeds best when coupled with mass protests

Impeachments that don't draw on manifest popular support never manage to remove a head of state.

Just spitballing here, but it seems the biggest supporters left favoring impeachment are Congressional Democrats, Democrat leaning bureaucrats, members of Main Stream Media, and Twitter users. Most of the rest of us see this for the sham that it is.

If you support impeachment, hit the streets, and don't forget to call and write your senators--especially in swing states!

There’s a world beyond shareholder returns

What would an “employee obsessed” startup look like? The recent scandal at the trendy luggage company Away raises important questions about what happens when well-being and company culture aren’t considered measures of success.Quartz

Can today’s startups be as employee-obsessed as they are customer-obsessed?

We are only as strong as our employees. We have to create an environment where all of our employees can be brave, not perfect - where they can feel comfortable discussing a new idea that can boost production and discussing why they need a mental health day or a sick day. We are at our best when our employees

We are only as strong as our employees. We have to create an environment where all of our employees can be brave, not perfect - where they can feel comfortable discussing a new idea that can boost production and discussing why they need a mental health day or a sick day. We are at our best when our employees are at their best and so we have to take care of them and give them space to take care of themselves as well.

Your people are your key differentiator. Especially in a client services industry, if you don't take care of your employees, they can't take care of your customers. Not only are they your most important advocates for creating change inside and outside your org, they're the face of your brand and responsible

Your people are your key differentiator. Especially in a client services industry, if you don't take care of your employees, they can't take care of your customers. Not only are they your most important advocates for creating change inside and outside your org, they're the face of your brand and responsible for your reputation in the market.

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A rock and roll icon looks ahead

Fender bets on machine learning for its future. As it builds out its digital presence, Fender is trying to straddle generations by launching forward-thinking apps and bolstering its direct to consumer business while continuing to craft iconic instruments.Quartz

Fender is reinventing itself for the future of music while holding onto its past

There is likely not going to be a single industry that won’t be existentially challenged by technology. It could come in how products are manufactured, how customers are reached, or even how work is done. Fender has been making guitars the same way for nearly 75 years, using machinery that’s almost as

There is likely not going to be a single industry that won’t be existentially challenged by technology. It could come in how products are manufactured, how customers are reached, or even how work is done. Fender has been making guitars the same way for nearly 75 years, using machinery that’s almost as old as the company itself. At the same time, it’s building apps using cutting-edge machine learning, and trying to be a part of the conversation for the musicmakers of tomorrow, while also balancing its long hardware heritage. It’s a story we’re going to see play our time and again in the coming years.

Reader, rock on 🤘