“What’s holding you back is the thought that something is holding you back.” Ralph Marston
I don’t believe that there is a gender bias, but rather a personality bias in the startup community. The startup world favors individuals who are focused on winning and are willing to go to any lengths to succeed. Unfortunately, women are typically raised in a manner that doesn’t develop these personality traits.
In Stiletto Network, Nancy Peretsman of Allen & Company confides that her female peers’ attempt to mentor young women had a surprising effect: “We thought the younger women would deeply benefit from the older women, but the surprise was that it definitely went both ways.”