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Silicon Valley’s Most and Least Diverse Investors

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The proportion of women in decision-making positions at the most prominent venture capital firms inched up to nearly 15% last year from roughly 11% in 2016. Black representation rose marginally. That’s according to the results of a survey conducted by The Information and VC firm Social Capital, our third since 2015.  

The VC industry remains predominantly male and white. But small gains made by women—several prominent firms such as Benchmark and Union Square Ventures hired their first female partner last year—suggest the industry is paying more attention to gender diversity. Gender issues are in the spotlight after a series of high-profile sexual harassment cases rocked the technology industry and other sectors of corporate America. See the results here.

CORRECTION: Kapor Capital tied for first place with Forerunner Ventures and Canvas Ventures. An earlier version of this article, and the accompanying index, did not include Kapor, due to Kapor's statement to The Information that its assets under management were only $25 million. That put Kapor well below the $250 million cutoff for inclusion in the diversity index. Kapor corrected that information on Monday, saying it had $350 million under management. As a result, we added Kapor into the list, which has changed the numbers throughout.  

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