Examine gender gap issues in venture capital funding with Randi Zuckerberg & guests

On an episode of ‘Randi Zuckerberg Means Business,’ Zuckerberg and guests — including three female CEOs — look at challenges and advances surrounding the gender gap in venture capital funding.

Jackie Kolgraf
January 21, 2022

On a recent episode of Randi Zuckerberg Means Business on Business Radio (Ch. 132), Zuckerberg was joined by three female CEOs and a founding partner of a firm — Dr. Maya Ackerman, Shelly Kapoor-Collins, Christine Tsai and Brynne McNulty — to discuss closing the gender gap in venture capital. During the special episode, the guests looked at challenges surrounding the gender gap in venture capital, advances being made, ways we can accelerate reducing gender inequalities, strengthening women-owned enterprises, and creating better employment opportunities for women. Hear the full episode on the SXM App for a limited time:

Female-founded companies are raising venture capital at significantly higher levels than at any point in the last decade, but the gap in funding between all-women teams and mixed-gender teams continues to grow, and female-founded startups’ share of overall VC dollars remains small. Read more about the special guests in the episode below.

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Guests on the episode include:

  • Dr. Maya Ackerman, CEO/Co-founder of musical AI startup WaveAI. Named “2020 Woman of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. Maya is also a world-renowned AI researcher and a professor at Santa Clara University. Maya’s findings on bias in VC have been included in reports to the US Congress and Amnesty International.
  • Shelly Kapoor-Collins, a partner at Sway Ventures and the founding partner at the Shatter Fund, a venture fund investing exclusively in female founded and led technology companies. She’s also held a variety of positions in the public sector, including a position on the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) in the second Obama administration
  • Christine Tsai, the CEO and Founding Partner of 500 Global, a venture capital firm that invests early in founders building fast-growing technology companies
  • Brynne McNulty, CEO and Co-Founder of Habi. Brynne closed the largest round raised by a female CEO across Latin America and the second-largest Series B raised by a tech company in Colombia.

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