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In One VC Sector, Women Are Gaining Ground

While women still represent only about 15% of decision makers at Silicon Valley’s major venture capital firms, another subset of the industry, corporate venture capital, has a higher proportion of women calling the shots.

At least four of the 20 biggest corporate venture capital funds, including those operated by Comcast, Time Warner, GE and Novartis, are run by women, while the head of Microsoft’s relatively young venture arm reports to the company’s female head of business development. Citigroup’s venture capital arm, one of the most active among banks’, also is led by a woman. The Information has profiled some of the sector’s prominent female leaders below.

Career advice: “I’m an introvert, and my advice is to be your authentic self, because we do our best when we can be who we are,” she said. The pivotal moment in embracing her own advice was at Qualcomm, where her manager kept on asking her in performance reviews to be more assertive. “I told him I would never live up to that, and he accepted it,” she said.

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