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.