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Here are more than 50 women VCs and angel investors backing startups in Seattle and Portland

Studies show that women-led startups outperform their male counterparts in revenue. Other research indicates that companies with more gender diversity generate better financial returns. Yet less than 3 percent of venture capital dollars went to all-women founding teams last year. That’s just $2.5 billion of the $84 billion raised by startups in 2017. A crucial step to helping more female entrepreneurs succeed may be to encourage more women to join venture capital firms. Some point to the investor community as one reason for the gap. A 2016 survey conducted by ...

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2021 Predictions: Why these tech, science and startup leaders are upbeat about the year ahead

An “incredibly dynamic year of change,” a “new hope,” and a “gangbusters” year in which the tech sector will come “roaring back.” Those are some of the phrases used by Pacific Northwest tech, science and business leaders to describe their outlook for 2021 ― offering a sense of optimism as we emerge from an extraordinarily challenging year. Of course, the events of 2020 showed that making accurate predictions can be nearly impossible. But they also left us with a flurry ...

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Arlan Hamilton and Katie Rae Say Tech Can Do Well—and Do Good

SILICON VALLEY HAS long been criticized for operating under an erroneous binary: You must choose between profit or positive social impact. As people around the nation face an ongoing public health emergency, overlapping climate crises, and a long-delayed reckoning with race, more people are calling on the tech industry to prioritize social impact over profits. Two vanguard venture capitalists are sending shockwaves through Big Tech by arguing it doesn’t have to choose. “If you talk to the young people of ...

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