Just about a year ago at this time, I read a report that made me ask myself whether I was doing enough—and the right kind of “enough”—to encourage diversity in our technology startup community and innovation ecosystem here in Boston/Cambridge.
Fortunately, when I looked at the startups in my portfolio of seed investments, I found a surprising number of women founders and founding team members.
I admit I had no intentional plan to support female entrepreneurship. This happened organically, because I have always invested and supported in the best people. A lot of them were women.
One of the best things we can do to diversify our local innovation community in Cambridge/Boston is to jump-start female entrepreneurship.
And, here in Cambridge/Boston, I don’t think that we need some big master plan. It starts with taking off the gender goggles and hiring/backing the best people for the job, always. There’s some incredible talent here, including undiscovered talent in our local universities (talented female PhD students) or in the innovation units of our largest local corporations (visionaries looking for breakout opportunities).