2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Is the Venture World a Meritocracy?

Friday, March 11
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon D
500 E 4th St

Few would disagree that the venture capital world is male-dominated. 97.7% of VC backed companies have male CEOs and 94% of VC partners are men. But are these two facts connected? Some would argue that they are, and that those statistics are caused not only by an unconscious bias but also outright sexism that remains a problem in the venture world. Others would say that VCs are gender-blind, funding only the best companies and ideas regardless of the gender or ethnicity of their founding teams. This panel will tackle the disconnect between talk and reality, what it means, and what attendees can do about it.

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Elizabeth Gore

Entrepreneur In Residence


Joshua Henderson at SXSW

Joshua Henderson


Springboard Enterprises

Joshua Henderson is the Vice President of Springboard Enterprises (www.sb.co), a non-profit organization that supports women entrepreneurs in life sciences and technology. Since its inception, Spri...

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Lisa Lambert

VP, Intel Capital & Managing Dir, SSG & Diversity Sector

Intel Capital

Lisa Lambert is a vice-president of Intel Capital and the managing director of the Software and Services Group. Lisa is a voting member of Intel Capital’s investment committee. Lisa also leads Inte...

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Sara Brand at SXSW

Sara Brand

Founding General Partner

True Wealth Ventures

Dr. Sara Brand is the Founding General Partner of True Wealth Ventures, a venture capital fund investing in women-led businesses in consumer health and sustainable products and technologies.


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