How Investors Are Trying To Change The Culture Of Silicon Valley

TechCrunch

Over the last year, the tech press has been filled with stories of high-flying startups struggling with issues of gender discrimination and harassment, sometimes with those issues coming from the founders themselves. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF today, investors from some of the Valley’s top firms discussed how startups are attempting to create a more inclusive environment, especially for women in tech.

Changing the culture of Silicon Valley isn’t going to be easy. Cowboy Ventures’ Aileen Lee noted that many of these issues crop up because most early-stage startups don’t have a head of HR, and are sometimes being founded by people who haven’t worked in a professional situation before.

In today’s environment, the way startups attract a diverse talent pool will be a key differentiator going forward. Lee went on to say that in many cases, people don’t realize that things like harassment and the gender pay gap are illegal. But…

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