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With Martin Fogelman (Founder/CEO, Pluto), Kelly Ifill (Co-Founder, Seneca Network), Del Johnson (Principal, Backstage Capital), Peter Liu (Program Dir. @ NUMA New York & Co-Founder @ Collectively).
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 06:00 PM   Absolutely Free
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RateMyInvestor, in partnership with Diversity VC & NYC BLEND, presents the findings of its inaugural "Diversity in US Startups" study

Though the lack of diversity in US venture capital & startups comes as no surprise, there is also a lack of data through which to assess the problem - & more importantly, to offer solutions. Several studies have been conducted on the severity of the problem, but few (if any) are so comprehensive as to include not only gender & ethnicity of founders & investors, but also geographical location, educational background, & even size of team.
A new report from RateMyInvestor, presented in partnership with Diversity VC & Cooley LLP, does just that. Far from focusing on a narrowly defined understanding of diversity, these analyses run across several diversity factors, including gender, size of team, ethnic background, location, & education.
Anthony Zhang, who initiated & conducted the study on behalf of RateMyInvestor, has spent months ensuring that this data is as extensive & accurate as possible, collecting hundreds ofthousands of data points on nearly 10,000 founders & 135 of the most active venture capital firms in the world.
This event, sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank, will present our findings & offer actionable insights on how the entire industry may movetowards achieving greater diversity. From giving LPs a greater understanding of the VCs they fund & VCs becomingmore aware of how diverse their portfolios are, to founding teams gaining greater insights on the investors theyapproach, we hope the startup ecosystem will be impacted on numerous powerful levels.
Please join us alongside our esteemed panelists to hear how we can all take action to improve diversity in US VC & startups.

6:00-6:45pm: Cocktail Networking Reception (sponsored by SVB)
6:45-7:15pm: Diversity in US Startups: a study on diversity in the US startup & VC ecosystem (with Welcome from Silicon Valley Bank)
7:15-8:00pm: Panel: Call to Action for VCs, LPs, Entrepreneurs, & all others

Martin Fogelman, Founder & CEO at Pluto
Kelly Ifill, Co-founder at Seneca Network
Del Johnson, Principal at Backstage Capital
Peter Liu,Program Director at NUMA New York & Co-Founder at Collectively

8:00-8:15pm: Closing Remarks
8:15-9:00pm:Cocktail Networking Reception(sponsored by SVB)

Sponsors & Partners:

NYC Blend is a collaborative event series for the NYC tech community promoting diversity, inclusion, & empowerment. It is facilitated by VCs operating in the greater New York City area. For more information visit
The event is sponsored bySilicon Valley BankandCompany.
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