BELLE Michigan Celebrates First Successful Exit

What makes a venture capital investment successful? Some of the most interesting data on this question comes from an analysis published last year by the venture capital firm First Round Capital. The firm’s unique data set comprises information on over 300 companies and nearly 600 founders, including founder characteristics such as age, gender, education, firm location, and prior work and startup experience. The study found several correlates with success — some reassuring, some surprising.

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Jon Eslinger
2016 State of Women Owned Businesses

This publication marks our sixth annual exploration and analysis of the state of women-owned businesses in the United States. Our aim is to provide stakeholders in the women’s enterprise development community – policy makers, entrepreneurial support organizations, suppliers and customers, and women business owners themselves – with information and intelligence that can inform their efforts. American Express OPEN is proud to build upon the growing interest and commentary generated by our previous reports.

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Jon Eslinger
4 Factors That Predict Startup Success, and One That Doesn’t

What makes a venture capital investment successful? Some of the most interesting data on this question comes from an analysis published last year by the venture capital firm First Round Capital. The firm’s unique data set comprises information on over 300 companies and nearly 600 founders, including founder characteristics such as age, gender, education, firm location, and prior work and startup experience. The study found several correlates with success — some reassuring, some surprising.

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Jon Eslinger
Working Their Way Around Male VC Dominance

It’s hard to believe, but the number of women at venture capital firms—the primary financial engines of Silicon Valley—is going from terrible to worse. Here’s what should not be a surprise: A handful of resourceful female investors and entrepreneurs are finding creative ways around the roadblocks.

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Jon Eslinger
Is gender a factor in fund performance?

“You will never see as many great women investors or traders as men. Period. End of story,” hedge fund legend Paul Tudor Jones declared in 2013, in his now infamous exposition on how breastfeeding mothers could not simultaneously hold an interest in following the market or analysing a stock.

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Jon Eslinger
Women of Tech (Featuring Belle Advisor, Lauren Bigelow)

"I love working with the creative visionaries in tech… those folks who are internally driven to develop solutions. It's inspiring for me to engage with people who are passionate about the impact their technology is going to have on the world, and see someone pull a groundbreaking technology from their imagination, design and prototype it, and create a company.”

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Jon Eslinger
Cultural Dysfunction: The Lack of Women in VC

The trade association for the venture capital industry, the NVCA, gathered yesterday in San Francisco to talk about the state of the industry and some of the key policy issues we are facing.  The short list is an obvious one for anyone who has been reading the news lately:  Net Neutrality, Immigration Reform and Patent Reform are all hot topics in our industry.  More inward-looking topics like the rise of corporate VC and new emerging managers also were batted about.

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Jon Eslinger