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Carol Roth on Gender Bias in Startup Funding

Written By: Catherine Morgan | Comments Off on Carol Roth on Gender Bias in Startup Funding

You read a lot about women founders having challenges getting funding and having less access to capital.

Carol Roth is dialed into VC and angel investing, and she shares some of the reasons why women struggle – and they may not be the reasons you think.

Carol shares that one issue is the types of businesses women start are often businesses that aren’t fundable, or need to be further along before they would be eligible for funding.

In short, there is an aspect of self-selection.

Another issue is women’s appetite for risk. Women tend to be more risk averse. VCs judge investments on total return, not risk-adjusted returns. So, while women-owned businesses can be more successful, they may not seem like the right opportunities for VC investment.

This was a fascinating short conversation, and definitely not what I expected to hear.

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Catherine Morgan is the founder of Point A to Point B Transitions Inc., a virtual provider of coaching services to individuals who are in business or career transition. She specializes in helping entrepreneurs transition to corporate jobs they love. Catherine is the author of the eBook Re-Launch You: Discovering Your Point B and Embracing Possibility. An experienced independent consultant who was employed by three of the former Big Five consulting firms, Catherine speaks frequently on topics related to career transition, small business, productivity, and mental health. She doesn’t take herself seriously, but takes her subject matter very seriously.