Trish Costello

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VCs That Back Women Beat Those That Don’t

“…those VCs that do invest in women-led companies have their pick of good opportunities that others overlook. It’s a classic behavior of underfunded markets, Plummer says: “It generally means there’s very little money chasing a lot of good ideas.”‘

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Started From the Bottom Now They’re Here: Why Startups Are Racing to Build Operations Teams

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“I WANT IT NOW!” First Veruca Salt, but most recently the title of this week’s Instant Gratification series by reporter Liz Gannes. For me one common thread ran through the stories: importance of operations teams in these new on-demand businesses. Strong operations leads are as valuable – and scarce – as great designers, experienced mobile devs and the other fabled unicorn hires. The customer experience for these companies may start with bits but it ends with atoms, and that’s why an Operations team can make – or break – your startup.

When Homebrew decided to focus on the Bottom Up Economy we knew operations would be a key area for many of the teams we backed. Satya and I were fortunate enough to spend many years at Google, beginning on AdSense where Kim Scott ran the Online Sales & Operations team for Sheryl. Kim, a whipsmart founder and leader…

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Women venture capitalists of influence – Silicon Valley Business Journal

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Congrats to Jennifer Fonstad!  

“Taught high school math in Sub-Sahara Africa before joining Draper Fisher Jurvetson and earning recognition as one of the most powerful women in the Valley’s venture world.”

Trish Costello‘s insight:

Jennifer Fonstad named Venture Capital Woman of Influence, as she moves to launch her firm Aspect Ventures with Theresia Gouw. 

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Two of Venture Capital’s Senior Women Start a New Firm

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Theresia Gouw of Accel and Jennifer Fonstad of Draper Fisher Jurvetson are opening Aspect Ventures, a tech investment firm through which they said they planned to invest in mobile start-ups and illustrate the value of diversity.

Trish Costello‘s insight:

Definitely a VC Dream Team!  Congrats @jfonstad.  

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The Shriver Report

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A Nonprofit Media Initiative Founded by Maria Shriver

Trish Costello‘s insight:

With all the advances women are experiencing, a signficant number of women and their children are living in poverty, working in demanding but low wage jobs,  with no path to a better life.   We can and must create a better world.  We’ve created the society we have today and we can change it …. if we truly want to.  

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NextAdvisor Anastasia Leng: You’re Never Too Experienced To Have A Mentor | The Next Women – Business Magazine

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Anastasia Leng, Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Hatch, talks about providing mentoring advice for entrepreneurs through The NextWomen

Trish Costello‘s insight:

Don’t I know, you’re never too experienced to have a mentor.  Every venture brings new challenges, regardless of your accomplishments in ‘past lives’

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Women In Tech Through The Lens of LeWeb

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At the risk of not being invited back to LeWeb, something has to be said. I hate to be critical because overall the conference has hosted some truly inspirational speakers and sessions, and I have …

Trish Costello‘s insight:

Another tech conference that just can’t find women speakers, but what I enjoyed aoout this post is how irritated the men were about the moderator’s inappropriate comments about the ‘beauty’ of the women’s panel, per the tweets.   The shift is happening.  .    

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Tech firms are now hiring more women than men

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“Over the last 12 months, the tech industry added 60,000 jobs, and 36,000 — or 60% — of those positions went to women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Usually, men make up 70% to 80% of the new hires, but according to the BLS, the tide seems to have turned in the last year.Suddenly, tech firms are hiring more women than men.

Trish Costello‘s insight:

Feel the Shift?  60% of new hires in the tech industry in the past year are women–a whopping 36%!

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